Springboard Grants

08.04.2019

An off-the-shelf cancer therapy, 3D bone printing and preventing chronic pain after surgery are just some of the game-changing treatments our city’s most brilliant minds want to bring to fruition – and they’ve received $300,000 to help make it happen, thanks to the Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation’s (MRF) Springboard Grants Program 2019.

MRF CEO, Joce Young, said the Springboard Grants Program was specifically created to enhance WA’s strong culture of innovation by encouraging rising stars within Perth’s world-leading medical research field to pursue trailblazing careers.

“Each project we have funded seeks to address the complex health challenges facing the wider community at home and abroad, while also enabling early career researchers to establish strong, professional track records,” Ms Young said.

This year, we were proud to award 15 grants, valued at $20,000 each, to fund an impressive array of Perth-based projects.

They include the inaugural Doreen McCarthy Grant, which has been co-funded by the MRF and Royal Perth Hospital’s Nursing Research Foundation, to enable nurses to pursue research with the intent of enabling better patient outcomes. The recipient of this prestigious grant (named in honour of a former Director of Nursing at RPH) is working on improving the hospital discharge process to minimise patient readmission.

“Other exciting projects we’re proud to help fund include using genetics to shine new light on common psychiatric disorders, 3D printing bone for people with diabetic feet, how to curb chronic pain after breast cancer surgery and a genetically modified cell therapy for cancer that, is hoped, will one day be available off-the-shelf.”

MRF Chair, Professor Lyn Beazley AO, said the Foundation was passionate about helping the state’s best budding researchers translate their innovative ideas into impactful results.

“Congratulations to each of this year’s Springboard Grants recipients, I have no doubt that the world will be watching to see where this seed funding takes you,” Professor Beazley said.

“As WA’s former Chief Scientist, I’m always in awe of what can be delivered when you invest in people with the passion and purpose to improve health outcomes.”

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