Unlocking treatment for complex diseases

Published: 4 Oct 2016

Released by: The Premier

Six NSW genomics research teams working on unlocking the causes of some of the most debilitating genetic conditions will share in $1.54 million in funding as part of the NSW Government’s 2015/16 Genomics Collaborative Grants Program.

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Medical Research Pru Goward announced the grant recipients during a tour of the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research today.

“Genomics has the potential to fundamentally change the way medical treatments are delivered and these grants will help NSW researchers continue to lead the nation in this field of research,” Mr Baird said.

“These cutting-edge researchers are helping answer the questions why only some people develop certain diseases, and the reasons may lie in their genetic makeup.”

Ms Goward said the 2015/16 grants are supporting research into genetic conditions including hereditary heart disease, genetic bone disorders, immune deficiencies and childhood epilepsy.

“These grants will help our researchers continue to advance how patients can benefit from this ground breaking science and the role genomics research can play in identifying individualised treatments based on a patient’s genetic makeup,” Ms Goward said.

The NSW Government is investing $24 million over four years in the Sydney Genomics Collaborative. As a result of this support, researchers have already explored better treatments for cancer, mitochondrial disease, inherited heart disease in babies and schizophrenia.

View the full list of grant winners.

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