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Federal grant boost for Curtin medical research

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The Government has announced National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants, with Curtin University projects and researchers achieving new funding to support research into physical activity and translational research on liver function.  

NHMRC administers funding for health and medical research on behalf of the Australian Government, inviting all researchers in Australia to apply for funding through schemes ranging from scholarships to research programs.

Professor John Olynyk from the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute has been awarded a Practitioner Fellowship for his work on translating disordered iron metabolism and liver injury research into clinical practice.

NHMRC Practitioner Fellowships provide support for active clinicians and public health or health services professionals to undertake research that is linked to their practice or policy of major importance in its field and significant benefit to Australian health and medical research.

Professor Leon Straker is the lead on a collaborative NHMRC Project Grant on a life course approach to characterising and predicting inactivity and sedentary behaviour of young adults.

Children and adolescents are accumulating up to eight hours of inactivity on a daily basis. Professor Straker explains that work on children becoming less sedentary will lead to better health amongst our children.

Professor Straker’s project team includes Curtin School of Physiotherapy Senior Research Fellow Doctor Anne Smith. Other Curtin researchers were also nominated as Associate Investigators on other grants.

Also acknowledged was the involvement of Professors Leon Straker, John Olynyk, Deidre Coombe, Keith Hill and Associate Professors Deborah Kerr, Lynn Meuleners, Dawn Bessarab and Kevin Batty in their roles as Chief Investigators on successful NHMRC grants.

Professor Garry Allison, Dean Research and Graduate Studies at the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, congratulated all researchers involved.


Professor Garry T Allison, Dean Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University
Tel: 08 9266 2993    Email:

Professor Leon Straker, Director of Research and Higher Degree Programs, School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University
Phone +61 8 9266 3634   Email:  

Professor John Olynyk, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University

Hillary Lambert, Public Relations, Curtin University
Tel: 08 9266 9085, Email:  Web:   Twitter: @CurtinPR

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