Hunter research gets greater support

Thursday, 31 August 2017

The Greater Charitable Foundation has announced its latest round of philanthropic funding, with two UON research projects achieving success.

Professor Phil Morgan and his team has secured $350 000 to support the world’s first father-focussed obesity prevention program for preschool-aged children.

The project; Healthy Youngsters, Healthy Dads will provide fathers with the knowledge, parenting skills and motivation to improve their health and become healthy role models for young children.

Stroke research in the hunter will also receive a boost with a $336 000 grant to support the phase 3 clinical trial of ‘Modafinil therapy’ in stroke survivors.

Led by Dr Andrew Bivard at HMRI, the trial will explore the role of this intervention in alleviating post-stroke fatigue and improve quality of life after experiencing a stroke.

The Greater Charitable Foundation was established in 2011 by the Greater Bank (then Greater Building Society) to fund practical, life-changing initiatives which support families and communities.

The latest round of funding saw six teams successfully share in over $1.1 million in funding.

Since 2011, the Greater Charitable Foundation has allocated more than $7 million in funding to 25 different community groups.

The next funding round will open in 2018.

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