Cardiology, TB, ageing and immunology

Centenary wins support for research thrust


The latest NHMRC funding will help Centenary's ground-breaking research, such as in the T-Cell Biology lab, headed by Professor Barbara Fazekas de St Groth.

Centenary scientists have won over $5 million in the latest NHMRC grant round – with seven research grants and three early career fellowships.

The development of a TB vaccine, the genetic regulation of ageing, the fundamental workings of the immune system, the genetic basis of heart disease—these are some of the research areas of key interest to Centenary Institute for which the Australian Government has announced funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Centenary also boasts three new NHMRC Early-Career Fellows along with seven significant research projects in the medical research funding released on Friday.

“These grants are critical to the development of Australian medical research. The Australian Government is to be commended for its continued high level of support,” said Professor Mathew Vadas, Executive Director of Centenary Institute. “My congratulations to all who were successful.”


Centenary's Immune-Imaging lab are pleased to receive a grant from NHMRC.

“We were especially proud of our early career research fellows, all of whom succeeded in getting funded. Against a national average strike rate of one in four this was truly impressive and reflects the importance we place in nurturing our next generation.”

“This performance demonstrates how highly Centenary’s efforts are regarded by the nation’s major medical funding body.”

Centenary won grants in the areas of:

The Institute’s three new NHMRC early-career fellows are:

  • Dr Stefan Oehlers who will be studying the relationship between inflammation and the proteins produced by the TB bacterium;
  • Dr Aaron McGrath who will work on the molecular basis of resistance to multiple drugs in breast cancer cells; and
  • Dr Caroline Medi who will be looking at a puzzling aspect of the genetic link to heart disease, the lack of clear-cut diagnostic symptoms.

For further information, please contact:

Suzie Graham, 0418 683 166,
Niall Byrne, 0417 131 977,