Professor Simon Lewis from the Faculty and Medicine and Health and the Brain and Mind Centre has secured a $462,501 grant as part of the 2021 NHMRC- European Union Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) as part of the COgNiTive propagation in PRodrOmal Parkinson’s Disease: CONTROL-PD.
Professor Lewis and his team will investigate REM sleep behaviour disorder as a predictor of Parkinson’s Disease in older people by assessing groups of local patients. The data will be assessed locally before being pooled with that of international research teams in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Israel and Canada. The research aims to provide a better understanding of how Parkinson’s Disease spreads through the central and peripheral nervous systems to improve patient outcomes and enable earlier access to disease modifying therapies.
Twelve University of Sydney students also received NHMRC postgraduate scholarships valued at $1,092,731.
The grants are part of a $44 million dollar investment by the Federal Government to strengthen Australian participation in international research efforts and promote global health objectives by funding postgraduate scholarships, international collaboration and research infrastructure and equipment through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The funding aims to assist Australian based researchers participating in collaborative international research projects.
Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said sharing scientific knowledge enables Australian researchers to develop best practices and build international research networks that will accelerate discoveries and their translation into better health outcomes.
“NHMRC’s international partnerships bring researchers together to promote global health objectives and strengthen Australian participation in international research efforts,” Minister Hunt said.
“This collaboration begins with postgraduate research students learning from their mentors, sharing skills and ideas and continues with international partnerships when researchers around the world come together to solve shared health challenges,” NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso AO said.
The twelve Sydney students awarded NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships are: