HMRI to award a record $550,000 to Hunter research
The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) will tonight award a record $550,000 from community and corporate donations to potentially life-changing health and medical research.
Research into asthma, kidney disease, fertility and stroke research will be among the successful projects to be announced at the HMRI Awards Night at Newcastle City Hall from 6pm.
HMRI's Director Professor Maree Gleeson said: "One of the unique projects to be funded this year is a 'natural experiment' examining the impact of the early hotel closing times in the Newcastle CBD on healthcare services and policing."
The HMRI funding will enable researchers from the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and Calvary Mater Newcastle to develop their research and generate early findings. This increases their chances of attracting larger national grants to continue their research in the Hunter.
"Of the $8 million that HMRI has awarded to Hunter research over the past 10 years we know it has helped attract $40.4 million in National Health and Medical Research Council funding and other grants. These grants have delivered an economic benefit of over $92 million and 555 jobs to the Hunter community," said Professor Gleeson.
"The generous support of the community is helping researchers achieve significant breakthroughs that not only lead to improved health and wellbeing, but also contribute to our local economy."
The HMRI funding awarded tonight will support twelve new research projects, four awards and prizes and two PhD scholarships for medical research students.
A number of specialist grants will be awarded by dedicated community donors and groups including the Kiriwina Investment Company, the Sparke Helmore / NBN Television Triathlon, the Pink Frangipani Ball, Tomago Aluminium, the Rotary Club of Newcastle Enterprise, and PULSE.
The 2008 HMRI Awards Night is sponsored by Newcastle Innovation.
HMRI is a partnership between Hunter New England Health, the University of Newcastle and the community. Since HMRI was established ten years ago it has grown to become the third largest medical research institute in New South Wales, as measured by peer reviewed grant income.
Professor Maree Gleeson is available for interview today.
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