Brain research among NHMRC grants

 Brain research among NHMRC grants

3 March 2008

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Australia — Tasmanian research into how the brain repairs itself after injury is being funded by a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The Menzies Research Institute has been allocated more than $1.5 million to research a number of Tasmanian health issues.

The funding has been awarded to the Institute’s top researchers and will support several projects, including a study into what happens if you inhale lots of bushfire smoke.

The director of the institute, Professor Simon Foote says donations are vital to getting these projects off the ground.

“Researchers have got to find grants a) to pay their salary and then b) to fund the research that they do.”

Researcher, Tracey Dickson, says it will mean great things for her study into brain injuries.

“I’ve sort of had to tread water but now that I have this I can really push ahead.”

She says it will double the amount of PhD students she can employ to help her.

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