Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grants Announced

Seven cancer research projects have been awarded funding in Flinders Foundation’s 2020 Health Seed Grant Round.

In a partnership between Flinders Foundation and Flinders University, $755,000 in seed grants will help researchers across Flinders University and the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network to advance knowledge of a variety of illnesses, diseases and social issues.

The grants of up to $25,000 per project are funded by donations from generous individuals, and funds raised by supporters and organisations.

This year’s grants focus on cancer, sleep disorders, neurological conditions, heart disease and pain management; through to indigenous, maternal and child health, as well as exploring the long-term impacts of COVID-19.

Recipients include:

  • Dr Ash Hopkins – Advancing the precision use of medicines in lung cancer treatment: Big data to inform the impacts of gut microbiota affecting medicines on clinical outcomes
  • Associate Professor Robyn Meech – Developing selective bile acid receptor modulators (SBARMs): has nature done the work for us?
  • Dr Sumudu Narayana – Towards evidence-based guidelines for hepatocellular carcinoma screening in Indigenous Australians
  • Professor Janni Petersen – Cancer Cell proliferation: towards defining mechanisms of TOR complex 2 signalling
  • Professor Geraint Rogers – Predicting severe systemic infections in patients receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy: a basis for targeted intervention
  • Professor Michael Sorich – Machine learning for personalised prediction of anti-cancer treatment outcomes
  • Associate Professor Erin Symonds – Non-invasive assessment of treatment outcomes in patients with gastrointestinal cancers.

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