UQ health research given $41 million boost

7 May 2024

Researchers from the Faculty of Medicine are among 24 academics across The University of Queensland who have received more than $41 million through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 2024 Investigator Grants to address health challenges.

The grants will be used by the Faculty of Medicine researchers to study a range of health challenges ranging from autoimmune diseases to oesophageal cancer.

The Investigator Grants program is the NHMRC’s largest funding scheme, enabling researchers to advance projects across biomedical, clinical, public health and health services research.

2024 UQ Investigator Grants recipients:

  • Dr Lauren Aoude will lead research to identify the genetic defects that increase the risk of oesophageal cancer.
  • Dr Pablo Canete will lead research to inform the development of therapies for autoimmune disease.
  • Dr Megan Ferguson will co-design healthy food retail policies to improve nutrition and reduce chronic disease in remote Indigenous communities. 
  • Professor Gail Garvey AM will lead research to improve First Nations cancer treatment outcomes for patients and carers, including preventative screening programs and end-of-life care.
  • Dr Patrick Harris will lead the development of a diagnostic tool to improve treatment for patients with life-threatening and drug-resistant blood infections.
  • Professor Monika Janda will lead research to inform targeted melanoma screening for individuals at high risk.
  • Associate Professor Susan Jordan will lead research into the causes of ovarian, endometrial and thyroid cancers to improve prevention and patient outcomes.
  • Dr Kristiana Ludlow will lead the development of a digital resource hub to improve understanding of frailty using education modules and goal-setting activities to prevent and manage decline in cognitive and physical capacity.
  • Associate Professor Benn Sartorius will lead research to inform control and prevention strategies for priority infectious diseases in Australia and Pacific Islands.
  • Dr Mitchell Stark will lead research to strengthen understanding of melanoma development where there isn’t a preexisting mole on the skin.

Find out more about the 2024 UQ Investigator Grants recipients.