September 5, 2019

Round 22 Small Research Grant Recipients Announced

This year, 13 applications for funding were received for Round 22 of the Small Research Grants Program. With support from the Northern Health Foundation, six projects were chosen by our Research Grant and Scholarship Committee, receiving a total funding of $28,387.

Research grants are selected for funding based on a selection of key criteria including scientific merit of the proposal, significance of research questions to our strategic goals and potential to increase Northern Health research to the wider research community.

Peter Brooks, Head of Research at Northern Health, explains the significance of the funding program.

“The Small Grants Scheme at Northern Health is a great way of obtaining a small (up to $5,000) amount of money to get some pilot data for your brilliant solution to a problem you have identified in the health system,” he says.

The recipients are:

Name: Associate Professor Lisa Hui

Role: Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist

Title: Anti-thrombotic therapy and trophoblast cell-free DNA: Exploring mechanisms for failed cell-free DNA screening and therapeutic potential

Award: $5,000






Name: Associate Professor Craig Aboltins

Role: Director, Department of Infectious Diseases

Title: Prospective Clinical Drug – Drug Interaction Study between Rifampicin and Fusidic Acid

Award: $5,000







Name: Dr Sanjeevan Muruganandan

Role: Respiratory & Sleep Physician

Title: Steroid Therapy and Outcome of Parapneumococcal  Pleural Effusion (STOPPE) trial: A pilot multi-centre placebo-controlled randomised study

Award: $5,000






Name: Dr Liam Hannan

Role: Respiratory & Sleep Physician

Title: Pleural Effusion and Symptom Evaluation (PLEASE) – 2 study: Ultrasound to quantify diaphragm function in pleural effusion 

Award: $5,000






Name: Miss Renee Catton

Role: Grade 3 Senior OT

Title: Meaningful Occupational based activity groups designed to improve the overall wellbeing for older patients in a hospital setting

Award: $4,999






Name: Mr Basil D’Souza

Role: Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Title: The Utility of Pre-Operative Optifast for Laparoscopic Resections in Colorectal Surgery – The PORC Study

Award: $3,388

Peter Brooks encourages researchers to apply in the next round of small research grants.

To learn more about each of the awarded research projects and to apply for next round, please click here.