Recently I had the privilege of announcing the latest round of grants from the Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund (HPRF) across the United Kingdom and Australia.
This philanthropic fund was established two years ago to seed innovative health and research projects that have the potential to improve the treatment of people impacted by illness, injury and disability. Through this fund we want to help ensure our clients and people in the community who share similar experiences to have the best possible health care and treatment. This is something we cannot provide but that we can support through funding endeavours, innovation and research by the medical and broader health profession.
This year the HPRF received 60 applications from health and research organisations across Australia and the UK.
Here are the details of the successful 2015 recipients from Australia:
Asbestos Diseases Research Institute
The Asbestos Diseases Research Institute will receive $25,000 for their project to utilise next-generation sequencing technology to examine the potential of molecular markers for early malignant pleural mesothelioma diagnosis.
Victorian Spinal Cord Service
Occupational therapists at the Victorian Spinal Cord Service at The Austin Hospital will receive $25,000 to investigate if neural plasticity can help improve hand function in people with paralysis of the arm following spinal cord injury.
Brain Injury Service at Kids Rehab (Westmead)
Kids Rehab at the Children's Hospital in Westmead will receive $25,000 for their study to better understand the health outcomes and healthcare needs of children who sustain traumatic brain injuries resulting from non-accidental injuries inflicted by a caregiver.
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute
The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute will receive a $25,000 grant to fund research into ways to impede the biological environment in which mesotheliomas are able to grow and flourish.