Seven new children’s research grants

Seven Flinders University research projects will receive grants from the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation (CRF), adding to a long list of important clinical, community and fundamental research being undertaken in South Australia.

The annual grants announcement and awards program, this year attended by Dr James Muecke AM on behalf of the foundation’s patron Her Excellency Frances Adamson AC (Governor of South Australia), promotes SA research efforts and celebrates the achievements and outcomes of research and researchers.

Associate Professor Ziersch receives the 2022 Dennis Earl Award for outstanding achievement in children’s welfare research from Greg Ward, Executive Director of the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, and His Excellency Dr James Muecke AM, Deputy Governor of SA.

Associate Professor Anna Ziersch, from the College of Medicine and Public Health, received the Dennis Earl Award for outstanding achievement in children’s welfare research.

Chief investigators from four Flinders colleges received CRF grants this year, from a total of 18 grants worth $1.5 million in funding that has been awarded to local universities, local health network researchers and institutes.

Professor Nicola Anstice (College of Nursing and Health Sciences) will receive funding of $99,439 for a two-year program: Providing school based eye care to improve learning and promote equitable outcomes in South Australia.

Professor Joanne Arciuli (CNHS) – $99,988 – High Quality Online Literacy Instruction for South Australian Children with Down Syndrome.

Professor Tracey Wade (College of Education, Psychology and Social Sciences) – $99,996 – Perfection is the enemy of progress and good mental health: A Randomised Controlled Trial of guided parent-delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children’s perfectionism.

Dr Kathina Ali (CEPSW) – $36,124 – Early Career Researcher grant to investigate Supporting adolescents on the waitlist for eating disorder treatment: A pilot randomised controlled trial.

Associate Professor Jillian Carr (College of Medicine and Public Health) – $98,679 – The impact of the complement system on fetal brain and retinal development during viral infection.

Dr Amy Wyatt (CMPH) – $94,995 – The Cool Brain Hall of Fame: Using examples from popular culture to de-stigmatise learning differences in primary schools.

Dr Sunita Ramesh (College of Science and Engineering) – $91,816 – Testing combined therapies as a powerful tool for controlling paediatric Glioblastoma multiform invasiveness.

Expressions of interest for the next CRF grant funding in 2024 open in February 2023. All details, timelines and processes are outlined here –


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