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01 October 2005
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Total funding $28.4 million

The successful grants detailed below are just a sample of the grants awarded to WA researchers in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding schemes.

Professor Bill Musk: Asbestos associated diseases
Amount awarded - $372,875
The World Health Organization estimates that up to 30% of working age people across the world have been exposed to occupational carcinogens such as asbestos at some point in their life.

Professor Bill Musk from the University of Western Australia aims to address the effects of different levels of exposure to asbestos and determine ways in which the associated diseases can be prevented through diet and lifestyle habits. The results of this study may lead to significant changes to current occupational health and safety exposure standards as well as compensation policy in Australia .

Professor Nigel Laing: Genetic basis of muscle disease
Total amount awarded - $2,303,750
Professor Nigel Laing, from the University of Western Australia has been awarded a prestigious NHMRC Research Fellowship to continue his world class research to identify the genes that cause degenerative muscle diseases. This groundbreaking work may lead to new therapies for these diseases for which there are currently no cures.

Professor Lawrence Beilin: Obesity and diabetes in children
Amount awarded - $812,213
Obesity and diabetes rates in children and young adults in Australia have trebled over the last 20 years.

Professor Lawrence Beilin from the University of Western Australia will continue his research into identifying how these diseases develop in children from before birth to adolescence. With obesity leading to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, this study has far reaching implications for public health.

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