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Brain and Mind Centre successes of 2023

29 November 2023
BMC funding for early career research and multidisciplinary partnerships
Congratulations to the winners of this year's Brain and Mind Centre support schemes. Find out what some of our researchers will be working on in 2024!

The Brain and Mind Centre support schemes for 2023 have been announced, with a total of $190,000 awarded to recipients demonstrating exciting advances and potential for growth. 

Two partnerships with industry, government and not-for-profit organisations received $50,000 in matched funds, while four recipients were awarded $20,000 each in Research and Development grants to build their own research programs.

Announcing the awards, the Brain and Mind Centre's Co-Directors Professor Ian Hickie and Professor Matthew Kiernan said the recipients were great examples of the range and depth of multidisciplinary research across the basic sciences and clinical research.

Professor Matthew Kiernan says, "The BMC continually fosters research careers and multidisciplinary partnerships. The Research and Development grants and partnership grants provide opportunities to talented researchers with the capacity to build a program of research that raises their ability to build a foundation of work in their projects.

"The Impact and Excellence Awards are awarded to a highly impactful research paper published by an early career researcher. This year’s winners demonstrate the pool of talent we have in the BMC research network. Congratulations to all the recipients.”

BMC support scheme recipients 2023

The Brain and Mind Centre's Partnership Grants are awarded to researchers whose innovative partnerships collaborate to solve social and health issues. 

The partnership scheme was developed in 2020 to provide up to $50,000 in funding to successful applicants who have secured some matched funding from a partner organisation. Congratulations to the three winners for 2021. We are excited to see these projects take shape and these partnerships flourish.

Dr Nick Everett - partnering with Psylo - 'Developing safe and efficacious non-hallucinogenic 5-HT2A.' 

Dr Alyssa Milton - partnering with Uniting for her project 'School Transition and Readiness via School-aged Education and Care Services (STARS)'.

The BMC Research Development Grant scheme provides a platform for early and mid-career researchers to develop an independent program of research, and enable a pathway to future growth in the brain and mind sciences. This year, the $20,000 grants were awarded to 10 high-performing researchers:

Dr Shrujna Patel - Identifying a proteomic signature of disease in children with autistic regression.

Dr Emiliana Tonini - Using blue light blocking glasses to improve sleep disturbances in adolescents with depression: a pilot efficacy and acceptability study.

Dr Benjamin Trist - Development of a novel organoid model to accelerate Parkinson's disease drug discovery.

Dr Tomas Kavanagh - Screening Tau Interactors for Therapeutic Potential 


$250 shopping gift cards awarded to impactful research paper by an early career researcher.

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