$8.3m to Newcastle researchers to investigate global health problems

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National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) awards $8.3m to University of Newcastle researchers to investigate global health problems.

The world’s most published and cited dietitian researcher, Laureate Professor Clare Collins, received $3.9m to establish innovative approaches in ‘Personalised Nutrition Support’ for those at greatest risk of poor diet-related health.

Studies have confirmed the significant health and economic benefits of personalised Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) delivered by Accredited Practising Dietitians, yet only 1.1 per cent of eligible adults accessed nutrition support under Medicare in 2018-19.

With one in two Australian adults now having at least one diet-related chronic disease, there is an urgent need to develop personalised, cost-effective MNTs that are embedded within health services.

Professor Collins’ research will also aim to improve communication between consumers, dieticians, health services and policy makers.

Congratulations also to Neuroscientist Professor Michael Breakspear, who was awarded $2.9m to investigate the mechanisms underlying brain disorders, combining brain imaging with mathematical modelling.

And to Internationally recognised infection control professional and researcher, Professor Brett Mitchell who received $1.5m to work on building evidence for strategies to prevent healthcare-acquired infections.

Your work is ever so important to the health industry, and we are so grateful to be powered by the excellence and research of the University.

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