The University of Newcastle, Australia

NHMRC funding success 2016

Friday, 13 November 2015

Associate Professor Brett Nixon has been awarded more than $1,033,000 in NHMRC Project Grant funding commencing in 2016 to further his work addressing male infertility.


He will receive $551,950 for his work on the role of dynamin in spermatogenesis, sperm maturation and sperm-oocyte, as well as $481,563 for his research into an investigation of the mechanisms underpinning protein loss in the spermatozoa of infertile patients.

About the projects

Male infertility is an extremely common condition, that is frequently associated with the production of sperm that have lost their ability to recognize the egg. We have shown that this defect is frequently associated with a deficiency in a specific protein (HSPA2).  By determining the mechanisms underpinning the loss of HSPA2, this project will provide powerful insights into the causes of male infertility, with practical implications for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

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