Posted 15 December 2023

NHMRC recognises SVI’s research excellence

SVI researchers have been awarded prestigious and highly competitive NHMRC Investigator Grants to address bone health, heart disease, and rare diseases.

Professor Natalie Sims, Head of SVI’s Bone Biology & Disease has been awarded more than $2.5m to advance her work on understanding the causes of age-related bone fragility.

“We’ve known for almost 50 years that cortical bone gets more porous as we age, but we still don’t understand how this happens or what drives it,” Natalie explains.

“This new knowledge presents tantalising opportunities not only to develop better treatments for osteoporosis, but to improve surgical implants for knee and hip replacements and to engineer better load-bearing materials for manufacturing cars, planes and buildings.”

Dr Harriet Dashnow, an internationally recognised bioinformatician, has been awarded more than $660k to investigate more accurate methods to diagnose rare disease.

“Half of rare disease patients don’t receive an adequate diagnosis. My work focuses on developing software to analyse and identify specific genomes in order to improve the diagnosis and discovery of these diseases,” says Harriet.

Associate Professor André La Gerche, Head of SVI’s Heart, Exercise, and Research Trials Lab has been awarded more than $2.7m for his work on heart disease diagnosis and treatment.

NHMRC Investigator Grants are awarded to Australia’s highest achieving researchers.