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In 2016, NHMRC awarded $10.5 million to support 15 Partnership Projects that ranged from optimising primary care management of knee osteoarthritis to eliminating hepatitis C transmission. The research supported by these grants will develop practical solutions to a range of issues that affect the health and wellbeing of the community.
In addition, five grants worth $3.5 million will focus on reducing the risk of obesity in 18-24 year olds. This is a Targeted Call for Research into Engaging and Retaining Young Adults in Interventions to Improve Eating Behaviours and Health Outcomes.
Almost $5 million was also awarded for the Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research. Led by Professor Sharon Lewin of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute), the CRE is a joint venture between The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The centre will establish the Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infectious Disease Emergencies (APPRISE), a national network of leading Australian researchers that will deliver a coordinated and evidence-based response to infectious diseases.