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Govt allocates $73M for groundbreaking medical research and technology


The Albanese Government has pledged $73 million towards a range of medical research projects that have the potential to revolutionise healthcare in Australia.

The research funding will contribute to the development of improved cancer treatments, innovative vaccines, non-medication-based depression therapy and an enhanced understanding of gut health.

A total of 19 projects will receive support, either for the advancement of cutting-edge medical technologies or for the construction and upgrading of state-of-the-art research facilities. Among the initiatives, $2.9 million has been allocated to a groundbreaking device that utilises closed-loop, non-invasive brain stimulation to treat depression. The project aims to test the device prototype and establish the necessary digital infrastructure to facilitate its widespread use in both clinical settings and homes.

Significant funding of nearly $9.8 million will drive the progression of Targeted Alpha Therapy, a highly promising cancer treatment that delivers radiation directly to cancer cells, minimising harm to healthy tissues. This innovative approach has the potential to revolutionise cancer treatment protocols.

$2.9 million has also been granted to establish Australia’s first purpose-built human microbiome biobank. This critical resource will enable researchers to study the complex interactions between micro-organisms and human health, offering insights into potential disease treatments.

To support the development and deployment of new mRNA vaccines and therapies, almost $4.3 million will be invested in a dedicated vaccine laboratory, providing Australian researchers with the necessary expertise and infrastructure.

These 19 projects are funded through the National Critical Research Infrastructure Initiative, a ten-year, $650 million investment by the Australian Government from the Medical Research Future Fund. This initiative aims to enhance facilities, equipment, systems, and services that facilitate cutting-edge health and medical research.

Minister Butler expressed the significance of supporting researchers with world-class facilities and technology to tackle complex health challenges. These grants will serve as crucial launch pads for scientists and innovators to discover and test novel approaches to preventing, diagnosing, and treating serious health conditions.

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Ritchelle is a Content Producer for Healthcare Channel, Australia’s premier resource of information for healthcare.

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