Publish Date: 
Monday, May 29, 2023 - 11:30

CSIRO and TRI award grants to fast-track digital healthcare solutions

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) and the Australia e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC) at CSIRO – Australia’s national science agency, have jointly awarded $300,000 to innovative projects aimed at solving a healthcare challenge.

Three $100,000 grants were awarded to research teams which included a TRI-based researcher, CSIRO Australian e-Health Research scientist and a TRI partner clinician from Metro South Health.

TRI CEO Professor Scott Bell said the grants provided an extraordinary opportunity to incorporate cutting-edge technology into solutions for health care challenges in improving the diagnosis and treatment of liver disease, breast cancer and foot ulcers in diabetic patients.

“TRI is delighted to have the opportunity to partner with CSIRO in jointly funding these grants, which bring together AEHRC’s leading e-health researchers with scientists and clinicians based on our campus,” Professor Bell said.

CSIRO Australian e-Health Research Centre CEO and Research Director David Hansen said: “The healthcare challenges we face as a community require collaboration to ensure research is aligned with clinical needs. This grant — with its emphasis on bringing together researchers and clinicians – represents a fabulous opportunity to expand the impact of digital health.”

Grant recipients

TRI-based Investigator CSIRO AEHRC Investigator MSH Investigator Project Funding
Prof Elizabeth Powell
Dr Sankalp Khanna Dr Lucy Green Utility of clinically relevant biomarkers to identify people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease at increased risk of liver disease progression.  $100,000
Prof Erik Thompson
A/Prof Jason Dowling  Dr Thomas Lloyd Three-dimensionalising portable NMR assessment of mammographic density for improved breast cancer outcomes. $100,000
Eamonn McKenna
Dr Navin Cooray Dr Cullen O’Gorman Feasibility of a smart footprint system for diabetes-related foot care. $100,000