Health strategies prompt research funds

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Research funding: University of Newcastle Associate Professor Pradeep Tanwar.RESEARCHERS from the University of Newcastle have received more than $1.4 million in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to support the Australian Government’s new male and female health strategies.
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The National Male Health Strategy and the National Women’s Health Strategy aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian men and women throughout the next decade.

University of Newcastle Associate Professor Pradeep Tanwar received$483,404 to develop a translational research program in gynaecological cancers. He hopesto develop new treatment methods for ovarian and endometrial cancers to improve clinical outcomes.

Michelle Bovill received a $338,192 Early Career Fellowship to explore non-pharmacological strategies for smoking cessation to support Aboriginal mothers quit smoking during pregnancy.

Using Indigenous research methodologies, her project will combine Aboriginal expertise with scientific knowledge through a cluster trial in Aboriginal medical services to engage with Aboriginal mothers.

Under the National Male Health Strategy, University and Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) reproductive expert, Professor Brett Nixon, received $649,175 to investigate male infertility.

His research aims toimprove understanding of the molecular and cellular processes regulating sperm function, and determine how these processes become severely disrupted in cases of male infertility.

Professor Kevin Hall, the senior deputy Vice-Chancellor in research and innovation,said funding would helpHunter-based researchers develop and deliver new solutions to significant health challenges that affect all Australians.

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