Peter Mac researchers have been awarded over $9M in funding from the Federal Government to undertake vital cancer research in 2018.

Funding outcomes from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant Scheme were announced today by the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt.

Amongst the successes were five of Peter Mac’s up and coming researchers who were awarded New Investigator Grants, which acknowledge and support emerging research leaders. These included Drs Kristin Brown, Andrew Cox, Omer Gilan, Carole Poon and Enid Lam.

Only 35 New Investigator Grants were awarded nationally, and for Peter Mac researchers to receive five is a testament to the commitment of Peter Mac to nurturing our early- and mid-career scientists.

In total, 14 NHMRC project proposals submitted by Peter Mac researchers were successful, putting our overall success rate at more than double the national success rate (16.4%).

Strengthening our collaborative research efforts, Peter Mac researchers submitted grants through both The University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Successful grants covered a range of disciplines and fields, including cancer metabolism, immunotherapy, epigenetics, and novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

Prof Joe Trapani, Peter Mac’s Executive Director of Cancer Research, says “Overall these are hugely impressive efforts by our researchers, and cement Peter Mac’s position as a national and world-leading cancer research institute”.