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Million dollar boost for UQ CCVB Research


Million dollar boost for UQ CCVB Research

UQ CCVB researchers Associate Professor Ben Hogan and Dr Kelly Smith and their teams have each been awarded a Project Grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council for commencement in 2017.

Ben Hogan's project was ranked as The University of Queensland's third most highly-funded project.


Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Ward said the funding would help UQ researchers continue their efforts to find solutions to some of the world’s toughest health problems.

“Our researchers excel at tackling the tricky health issues that affect not only Australians, but people the globe over,” she said.

Read more about UQ funded research projects via UQ News Multi-million dollar boost for UQ health and medical research



Associate Professor Ben Hogan, awarded $1,228,364 to explore coupling the mechanical, signalling and transcriptional mechanisms that initiate pathogenesis of Cerebral Cavernous Malformation.

Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are relatively common, thin walled, dilated vascular malformations in the central nervous system found in 1 in every 200-250 individuals. Patients can present with migraine, neurological deficits or stroke. This project aims to understand the molecular mechanisms behind CCMs, and help identify potential new therapeutic approaches.


Dr Kelly Smith, awarded $597,857 to investigate a novel genetic regulator of cardiac rhythm.

Cardiac arrhythmias, a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat, affect approximately 5 per cent of the population and have a high association with sudden death. While the cause of cardiac arrhythmia is complex, we know that genetic mutations play a role. However, we don't know all the genes important for cardiac rhythm. It is imperative that we identify all the genes in this process, so we can determine which mutations cause arrhythmia. We have identified a new gene that causes cardiac arrhythmia, and during this project, we seek to understand how it functions.



These projects form part of the seven grants to receive a total of more than $5 million for research at the IMB.


“This funding is a testament to the world-class quality of our people and the valuable contribution they make to improving the health of all Australians through leading discovery research" said Professor Jenny Stow, IMB Deputy Director Research.

Read more about IMB funded research via IMB News $10M boost for IMB’s health and medical research