2018 Grants, Prizes and Awards announcement

December 5, 2017

The Raine Foundation distributed in excess of $2.1m in research funding for the 2018 round. The Research Committee acknowledged the excellent work being conducted in Western Australia, and extends best wishes to all candidates for the ongoing success of their research.

Congratulations go to the successful recipients –

Raine Priming Grants

The Raine Medical Research Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded six Priming Grants for the two-year period 2018-2019, with a funding allocation of $944,622. Of the 34 applications received, 15 were shortlisted for external review. Please refer to the Appointment of Assessors Procedure for further details about the external review process.

Dr Yu Yu: Raine/Robson Fellow
Curtin University
Project: Enhancing Current Ovarian Cancer Response by Inhibiting SYK
$194,725

Dr Tara Richman: BrightSpark/Raine Fellow
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, University of Western Australia
Project: Modelling mitochondrial dysfunction in disease
$200,000

Dr Gail Alvares
Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia
Project: Childhood indicators of adult outcomes: A longitudinal follow-up of the WA Autism Register
$160,000

Dr Rachel Foong
Telethon Kids Institute, Curtin University
Project: Examining environmental risk factors for asthma in Western Australia
$93,397

Dr Jonathan Chee
University of Western Australia
Project: Analysis of T cell receptor diversity in animal models of cancer
$160,000

Dr Chandrakumar Balaratnasingam
Lions Eye Institute, University of Western Australia
Project: Improving diabetic retinopathy management through early detection of microvascular changes
$136,500

Raine Research Prize

The 2018 Raine Research Prize consisting of a Travel Grant valued at $5,000 and medallion was awarded to:

Dr Samuel Taylor
University of Western Australia
Publication: Preventing chemotherapy-induced myelosuppression by repurposing the FLT3 inhibitor quizartinib. Science Translational Medicine. 2017; Aug 9; 9 (402).

Rigby Research Prize

Thanks to a generous donation from the Rigby family, an additional Prize consisting of a Travel Grant valued at $5,000 was awarded to:

Dr Edward Litton
University of Western Australia, Fiona Stanley Hospital
Publication: Intravenous iron or placebo for anaemia in intensive care: the IRONMAN multicentre randomized blinded trial. Intensive Care Medicine. 2016; Nov; 42 (11): 1715 – 1722.

Healy Research Collaboration Awards

The 2018 Healy Research Collaboration Awards of up to $10,000 each have been awarded to three recipients:

Dr Haibo Jiang
University of Western Australia
Project: Development of a multimodal mass spectrometry imaging platform for lipid analysis.

Dr Belinda Guo
University of Western Australia
Project: Establishing cell culture models for fibrotic progression in patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms.

Dr Samantha Lee
Lions Eye Institute, University of Western Australia
Project: Western Australia Atropine for the Treatment of Myopia (WA ATOM) study.

Cockell Research Collaboration Awards

The 2018 Cockell Research Collaboration Awards of up to $15,000 each have been awarded to one recipient:

Dr Diane Dennis
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Project: Lessons learned following an episode of intensive care unit crisis: what experienced Intensivists can teach their peers.

BrightSpark Research Collaboration Awards

The 2018 BrightSpark Research Collaboration Awards of up to $10,000 each have been awarded to two recipients:

Dr Annette Regan
Curtin University
Project: An international cohort study measuring child health following maternal immunisation.

Dr Nathanael Yates
University of Western Australia
Project: Developing Preterm Infant Nutrition Research Capacity.