The Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson, today presented a major Brisbane health research institution with a plaque commemorating its status as a Centre of Clinical Research Excellence.
Accepting the prestigious award was Professor Thomas Marwick and his team from the Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders based at Royal Princess Alexandra Hospital.
"This funding will allow the Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders to expand its research effort aimed at developing cardiovascular imaging techniques which will improve the treatment of patients with diabetes, hypertension and renal disease," Senator Patterson said.
Last year, the Minister announced that nine major health research institutions around Australia would be designated as National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centres of Clinical Research Excellence and would receive $2 million each over five years.
The NHMRC's Centre of Clinical Research Excellence Program aims to foster training of clinical researchers; support research with the potential to improve health care and ensure effective translation of research into clinical practice.
Randal Markey, Minister's Media Adviser, (02) 6277 7220
Adam Leavesley, NHMRC Media Unit, (02) 6289 9199