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Annual Report 2003/2004 Menzies School of Health Research



Annual Report 2003/2004 Menzies School of Health Research

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Grants & fellowships Assoc Prof Nick Anstey was awarded $3.1 million over five years from the Wellcome Trust and NHMRC for collaborative work with the Indonesian Ministry of Health in Papua and the University of PNG on studies to reduce morbidity and mortality from malaria in Papua and PNG. This is the largest grant ever awarded to MSHR, and one of only eleven projects to receive funding in an initiative which aims to help improve the health of people throughout the AsiaPacific region. International Health team was awarded $1 million over five years from the US National Institutes of Health to work with the Indonesian Ministry of Health in understanding how and why people get severe malaria, with a focus on continuing our Papuan field studies on the role of nitric oxide. NHMRC awarded MSHR research team, led by Assoc Prof Joan Cunningham and Assoc Prof Ross Bailie, a $2.4 million research grant to improve research into the health of Indigenous Australians. Assoc Prof Ross Bailie was awarded an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship to commence in January 2004. PHERP (Public Health Education and Research Program) funding was granted for our Master of Public Health course for a further two years. During 2003, MSHR had 65 students enrolled each semester in the MSHR Public Health Coursework program. Awards & recognition Prof Kerin ODea was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to research in Australian Indigenous health. The medal was created to honour those who have made Australias first hundred years as a federal nation a success and those who have laid solid foundations for Australias future. Prof Kerin ODea and Dr Sandra Eades were honoured in this years Australias 100 Smartest People in the October edition of The Bulletin magazine. They were chosen for their extraordinary contributions to research in the area of Indigenous health. Dr Malcolm McDonalds rheumatic fever project won the top Heart Foundation award for Best Project. Menzies researcher, Dr Sandra Eades, was honoured with an appointment to the NHMRCs prestigious Research Committee. Dr Peter Morris was awarded the Rue Wright Memorial Award for his study Additional training in recommended hygiene practices for the prevention of bacterial cross-infection and respiratory illness in Australian child care centres: A randomised controlled trial at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. PhD student, Yin Paradies was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for one years study at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Dr Alan Cass and co-authors won the prestigious Medical Journal of Australia/Wyeth Award for the best research paper published in the MJA during 2002. MSHR Indigenous researcher (and TV chef!) Geoffrey (Jacko) Angeles was invited to be a member of the editorial board for the US-based Pimatziwin Journal, a publication highlighting Aboriginal and Indigenous community health. Dr Allen Cheng, PhD student at MSHR, was awarded the Murray-Will Fellowship for Rural Physicians by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Dr Graeme Maguire was awarded Best Public Health Paper at the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) conference held in Adelaide in April. Assoc Prof Joan Cunningham and Dr Amanda Leach both received NHMRC Career Development Awards. MSHR research projects involving scabies and skin health, and research into reversing Indigenous renal failure, were highlighted as examples of projects that made it From Bench to Bedside in the December 2003 edition of the Medical Journal of Australia. 2 | 2003 Highlights | Menzies School of Health Research 2003 Annual Report in celebration of excellence: