Australian medical researchers have been awarded important grants to support various investigations, including a probe into how to combat the effects of brain damage as well as the development of therapies to drive the human gene to actually fight diseases such as cancer and chronic pain over the next five years. The most recent Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellowship goes to Dr. Jana Vukovic, University of Queensland and Chen Davidovich, associate professor at Monash University. Each investigator will receive $1.25 million over five years to support their efforts. Additionally, Dr. Michelle Halls (Monash University) recently received support by the Cross Family and The Frank Alexander Charitable Trusts. Moreover, a further four medical researchers were awarded one-year grants to further their investigations.
What is the Viertel Foundation?
Charles Viertel established the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation in his will. The foundation was established to benefit organizations or institutions involved in the medical research into diseases, and the alleviation of hardship of the aged and infirm. They are one of the largest funders of medical research in Australia.
Since the establishment of the foundation, they have awarded a total of 55 Senior Medical Research Fellowships and 139 Clinical Investigator awards, ensuring important medical and health conditions, and the treatments for them can be reached.