$1.2 million awarded to NSW researchers

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The NSW Government has awarded research grants totaling $1.2 million to five Sydney-based researchers working on spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease.

The grants were awarded through the Paul Brock Fellowship for Cross Disciplinary Research in Neurological Conditions and the Applied Spinal Cord Injury Research Fellowships funding rounds advertised in February 2011.

Congratulations go to:

  • Dr Michael Barnet, University of Sydney.

Dr Barnet is investigating cell death in patients with multiple sclerosis and how this can be treated.

  • Dr David Brown, University of NSW.

Dr Brown is investigating immune damage to the spinal cord, including identifying which cell types are activated in spinal cord injury and the role they play in the loss of the function of nerve cells.

  • Professor Matthew Kiernan, University of NSW.

Professor Kiernan is developing a user-friendly test to diagnose motor neurone disease.

  • Dr Michael Lee, Neuroscience Research Australia.

Dr Lee is investigating whether early use of electrical stimulation and resistance training can reduce long-term spinal damage.

  • Dr Daniel Vianna, University of Western Sydney.

Dr Vanna is studying the relationship between respiratory infections and the inability of people with spinal cord injury to effectively regulate their body temperature.

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