Greg Hunt announces a $ 239 million fund for medical research, ANU receives nearly $ 5 million. | Canberra Times

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A Canberra-based medical researcher is “over the moon” after receiving more than $ 1 million in federal funding to study a rare form of cancer. The federal government has pledged $ 239 million to 248 research projects it hoped would provide insight into a “wide range” of medical problems. “From research into brain function to a new understanding of the critical role of the gut, these projects give us insight into advanced Australian research,” said Health Minister Greg Hunt. The Australian National University was a major beneficiary, receiving nearly $ 5 million to fund six studies ranging from kidney disease to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: One of its recipients was medical researcher Tatiana Soboleva, who was pleased to receive two scholarships worth $ 1 million and $ 960,000. Dr. Sobolevea said only 8-12 percent of grant applications were successful and that researchers spent their time searching “as many as they can” in hopes. She did not have a permanent position, and was completely dependent on grants. “These subsidy schemes are extremely, extremely competitive,” she said. “Getting such a grant is a huge thing for scientists, and it’s just wonderful news, but getting two is like science fiction to me.” One of the research areas, Dr. Soboleva explored were potential treatments for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare cancer that targets people of all ages. Researchers will study a specific protein that became active after the patient was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Researchers have already shown that this factor is involved in sustaining the cancer. “We hope we will be able to slow down cell proliferation and therefore cancer,” she said. “That’s why this grant is aimed at trying to target this protein: to prevent it from being active in the cells, and to see if we can actually use it to stop these cells from proliferating.” About 800 cases were estimated in Australia in 2021. The second grant was focused on male infertility. Dr. Soboleva said the researchers believed they had uncovered a new mechanism by which one cell type passes information to another during spermatogenesis. She described the grant as “very basic”, but would allow for more insight into how the process worked. “It’s not as useful at this particular stage as we would like it to be,” she said. “Of course we have to work out the mechanism and everything, but the grant was based on this new idea.” Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:


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