Greek-Australian Researchers to Receive Medical Grants

Hays_ARA_2013_Feature_2The presence of Greek-Australians on the list of scientists who will receive grants by the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia is prominent. A total of 580 million dollars have been allocated this year by NHMRC to help scientists conduct research in the field of medicine. More than 14 million dollars will be granted to members of the Greek Diaspora.

Professor Jonathan Karapetis, head of the University of Western Australia scientific team will receive 2,496,000 dollars in order to resume his research on rheumatic heart disease, a heart disease caused by streptococcus infection. This will be the largest grant, allocated to a Greek-Australian scientist.

The list of Greek-Australian researchers who will receive grants by the National Health and Medical Research Council is as follows:

  • Professor Paul Glasziou for his work on utilizing medical research that have not been completed yet, in order to reduce unnecessary costs.
  • Professor Sophia Zoungas for her research on diabetes in older groups and helping to prevent heart disease.
  • Professor Christos Pantelis for his research on mental illness in adolescents and children.
  • Professor Paul Nathan for his studies related to bone disease.
  • Professor Andreas Fouras who has found a new revolutionary method for diagnosing lung diseases.
  • Professor Stan Gronthos for his research on osteoporosis.
  • Professor Tony Tiganis for his work on fatty liver disease and obesity.
  • Professor Arthur Christopoulos who discovered a new effective and cheap drug for heart disease.
  • Professor James Trikas for his research on issues related to TB.
  • Professor Ross Vlahos for his work in haematological disorders.
  • Professor Alexander Lucas for his research concerning cancer of the liver.
  • Professor George Paxinos for the presentation of a 3D human brain map.
  • Professor Nick Lintzeris for the completion of his research on the healing properties of cannabis.
  • Dr. Peter Psaltis for his research related to nutrition and cells.
  • Professor John Toumbourou for his research on whether reducing alcohol consumption in young adolescents helps reduce the harmful effects on a social level.
  • Dr. Jim Vadolas for his research on thalassemia.