The Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Greg Hunt, has announced $18.7 million in funding for the 2020 Stem Cell Mission, which focuses on research that develops and delivers innovative, safe and effective stem cell medicines to improve health outcomes.
Researchers from the University of Sydney have been awarded $6.3 million for three projects which will address blindness in adults, chronic heart failure, and help to improve decisions about access to stem cell interventions.
Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Duncan Ivison celebrated the funding success.
“This funding will allow our health and medical researchers to undertake important research for the benefit of many Australians and their families, through trials that use stem cell grown heart muscle in patients with ‘no option’ end-stage heart failure," he said.
Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) 2020 Stem Cell Mission grants awarded to Sydney researchers include:
The Stem Cell Mission is a priority of the Morrison Government’s $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund and will provide $150 million towards research over 9 years.