ACU researchers scoop project grants

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Researchers Professor Sandy Middleton and Professor Sue Kildea are among the Australian Catholic University (ACU) academics who received substantial National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grants this month.

Professor Middleton, Director of the Nursing Research Institute at ACU and St Vincents & Mater Health Sydney, received $2.25 million funding as the Chief Investigator for her landmark study on stroke patient outcomes.

The funding is the seventh highest award of over 700 grants announced.

Professor Kildea was awarded $456,760 for her study of whether sterile water injections can decrease caesarean section rates without increasing morbidity for the woman or her baby.  

ACU academics who received funding for their work in collaborative studies were Professor Geraldine Naughton who will investiagte childhood obesity, and again Professor Kildea for a project to develop an Australian Regional Birthing Index.

Professor Naughton’s study will evaluate whether parental interventions can foster and maintain healthy eating patterns and growth in the first five years of a child’s life.

Overall, ACU will administer two grants from nine applications totalling more than $2.7 million, and participate in the collaborative research of two other grants totalling $1.5 million.