Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant Round 2021
Researchers across the Flinders medical precinct are a step closer to the next big breakthrough, sharing in $750,000 of funding in Flinders Foundation’s annual Health Seed Grant Round.
In all, 31 exciting new projects have received funding through the partnership between Flinders Foundation and Flinders University. The seed grants have been awarded to support new research that has the potential to create positive change within our community.
Funding of up to $25,000 has been awarded to each of the projects, which focus on a variety of illnesses, diseases and social issues ranging from cancer, sleep disorders and neurological conditions, to women’s, maternal and indigenous health.
The annual health seed grant round, which is funded by donations from generous individuals and funds raised by supporters and organisations, gives researchers the time and resources they need to prove their concepts and generate data, so they can apply for larger sums from national and international funding bodies.
Flinders Foundation Executive Director Ross Verschoor said Flinders Foundation was proud to support the talented researchers working across Flinders University and the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.
“Medical discoveries are made through research and the only way to advance clinical practice is through research. We’re grateful to our supporters and the South Australian community for helping to fund the dedicated researchers at Flinders, who work tirelessly to improve the lives of people and their families affected by a wide range of illnesses, diseases and social issues,” Ross said.
“Over the years, the seed grant program has led to new discoveries, bold new ways of thinking, and improvements in patient care and treatment.
“It has also been rewarding to see many seed grant recipients go on to win grants of a much larger scale. Recently, 10 Flinders University led research project groups were awarded significant grants through the coveted National Health and Medical Research Council (NHRMC) Ideas Grant scheme.
“Of the 10 successful research groups, eight had previously received seed funding from Flinders Foundation. This funding scheme facilitates substantial projects and delivers results that advance research knowledge and make a difference to people’s health and lives, both locally and globally.”
Flinders University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robert Saint thanked Flinders Foundation’s supporters for their continued commitment to funding new research.
“Research has perhaps never been in the spotlight more so than this year, and the importance of health and medical research has never been clearer,” Professor Saint said.
“The support of the foundation and its generous donors and supporters is vital in helping our talented researchers to explore and prove new treatments, or get revolutionary research projects off the ground which could be the catalyst for the next, much-needed breakthrough.”
2021 Health Seed Grant Round Research Projects
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is a common condition that affects up to 44 per cent of the western population. GORD occurs when stomach acid refluxes up into the oesophagus due to a faulty valve. This is also known as ‘reflux’. Read More
The number of older Australians being hospitalised is increasing, and once older adults are admitted to hospital, their time spent moving, sitting and sleeping changes dramatically. Read More
New research at Flinders aims to improve health outcomes for Indigenous Australians with obstructive sleep apnea. Read More
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is a common condition in which the throat narrows or collapses repeatedly during sleep, causing breathing to momentarily stop. Read More
New research at Flinders is focused on finding more effective treatment options for people with three aggressive forms of blood cancer. Read More
The rate of gestational diabetes in Australia has tripled over the past decade. There are several known contributing factors, including maternal age and obesity, but gestational diabetes is also increasing in pregnant women outside of these at-risk groups. Read More
New research at Flinders will explore the relationship between gut microbiology and dementia in a bid to identify people at greatest risk of developing dementia before the onset of symptoms. Read More
Women with disability who have suffered violence are the focus of Flinders research aiming to improve healthcare responses. Read More
In Australia, people living with socioeconomic disadvantage, and those living rurally can face challenges with digital technologies, including accessibility, affordability, and education. Read More
Across the world, girls are experiencing their first period (menarche) earlier than ever before. In Australia, the current average age of the onset of menstruation is approximately 12.9 years, but around 12.4 per cent of girls will reach early menarche (before the age of 11). Read More
Primary Sjögren’s syndrome (SS) is the second-most common systemic autoimmune disease. Read More
New research at Flinders will examine the outdoor environment’s potential for supplying health-beneficial butyrate-producing bacteria to people. Read More
The accumulation of unrepaired and mis-repaired DNA damage can lead to cancer development. Read More
Shift work, typically referred to as work outside of traditional (9am – 6pm) hours, is associated with increased errors, workplace accidents, absenteeism, and poorer health. This is particularly the case in Australian shift workers early in their careers, where rates of workplace injuries are double those of non-shift workers. Read More
Flinders researchers will develop an artificial intelligence system to identify hospital patients at high risk of osteoporosis. Read More