NHMRC grant success – women’s health research

Federal Minister for Health, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP has announced $18 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding for women’s health research.

Hudson Institute scientists have been awarded a total of more than $1 million in Fellowship and Development Grant funding in the announcement.

Congratulations to Dr Tracey Edgell and Dr Vanesa Stojanovska on being awarded funding in support of their life-changing medical research into IVF, pre-eclampsia and preterm brain injury.

NHMRC Development Grant

Dr Tracey Edgell
Development Grant: 2019 – 2020
Validation of a prognostic assay for embryo transfer outcome

This study will provide strong evidence of the usefulness of a simple blood test to predict the likelihood of a successful IVF embryo transfer.  Blood samples from IVF centres in Australia and Singapore will be collected and used to assess the reliability of  a previously developed serum signature in predicting the outcome of embryo transfer. This will aid clinical decision-making in the treatment of infertile women, improve IVF success rates and reduce both financial and emotional costs.

NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Dr Vanesa Stojanovska
Peter Doherty Biomedical Fellowship: 2019 – 2022
Improving breathing of preterm newborns exposed to inflammation during pregnancy

Preterm babies exposed to inflammation during pregnancy have a high incidence of breathing difficulties and brain injury, which often lead to cerebral palsy. Dr Stojanovska’s research aims to investigate whether inflammation injures the fetal brainstem – a life-sustaining brain region which controls our breathing, and whether anti-inflammatory treatments can protect against this injury. Outcomes of this work will guide clinical trials focused on reducing the burden of preterm brain injury.