The Federal Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, The Hon Peter Dutton MP, made his first official visit, in his new portfolio, to QBI.

The visit followed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s announcement of $9 million in funding for the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research (CJCADR) as part of the Coalition’s overall national commitment of $200 million to accelerate the research towards a cure for dementia.

In further support of the Institute, in November Mr Abbott announced QBI is to receive $11.865 million from a total of $559.1 million in funding awarded to Australian health and medical researchers to generate new health discoveries.

Funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) includes the promotion of two faculty members – Professor Joe Lynch and Professor Fred Meunier – within the research fellowship scheme.

Professor Bartlett says the Federal Government’s support for fundamental neuroscience research into the mechanisms regulating brain function and disease resonates with the national health priorities.

“These grants, along with philanthropic and additional Federal and State Government support, provide us with a real opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the underlying mechanisms and develop new therapeutics to treat mental and neurological diseases,” Professor Bartlett said.

QBI also obtained a 45% success rate in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant round.

Among the successful applicants was Professor Mandyam Srinivasan, who was awarded two grants, the maximum number able to be awarded under this scheme, totalling almost $1.5 million.

One of these grants also included a prestigious Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award. Professor Srinivasan will use high-speed video cinematography to investigate how honeybees detect, pursue and intersect moving targets.

The results of his work will be applied to unmanned aerial vehicles to avoid collisions with other objects.

Professor Linda Richards secured $785,000, which will be used to gain greater understanding into how the cerebral cortex is built during embryonic life.