Government announces $200m in new medical research grants

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Health minister Greg Hunt has announced $200 million in new medical research projects.

A total of 320 projects will receive funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) following a competitive process. 

The NHMRC projects total almost $192 million and will aim to find solutions to a wide range of health challenges including cancer, cardiovascular disease, stillbirths and mental health. 

A West Australian- based research project will investigate why the stillbirth rate is so high in Australia, particularly in rural and remote areas, and seek strategies for prevention. 

Another grant recipient will undertake research that will target cell dysfunction in cardiovascular disease and cancer. 

The Medical Research Future Fund will provide 17 grants totalling $7.4 million. 

These grants will support research into improved care for premature and sick babies, arthritis and osteoporosis, online treatments for youth depression and anxiety and improved health for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

A full list of projects can be found on the NHMRC website.