To date the Foundation has allocated
in excess of $21m to 253 projects.

The projects are focussed on promoting
the health and welfare of children in Australia.

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New grants for the year table

Year New grants for the year Total grants Amount granted Accumulated amount granted
7
260
$1,049,783
$22,533,985
9
253
$1,257,454
$21,484.202
8
244
$1,093,348
$20,226,748
8
236
$1,010,554
$19,133,400
7
228
$930,162
$18,122,846
8
221
$1,004,618
$17,192,684
8
213
$1,031,162
$16,188,066
8
205
$1,121,060
$15,156,904
7
197
$1,008,410
$14,035,844
9
190
$1,088,475
$13,027,434
15
181
$1,294,661
$11,938,959
10
166
$792,485
$10,644,298
8
156
$655,507
$9,851,813
9
148
$646,400
$9,196,306
8
139
$679,000
$8,549,906
11
131
$862,000
$7,870,906
7
120
$571,948
$7,008,906
9
113
$707,000
$6,436,958
8
104
$845,000
$5,729,958
96
$4,884,958

Projects

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2010

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Project name   Grant recipient Grant amount Term
Defining mechanisms underlying skeletal muscle development and muscular dystrophy   Deakin University
$156,706
1 Year
Application No: Chief Investigator:
Project Title:
Oxygen therapy for the preterm infant - optimising delivery   Ritchie Centre for Baby Health Research, Monash Institute of Medical Research
$81,800
2 Years
Application No: Chief Investigator:
Project Title:
Protecting babies from the effects of whooping cough and influenza: a study of maternal vaccination and an educational intervention to improve uptake.   National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), located at CHW
$117,844
2 Years
Application No: Chief Investigator:
Project Title:
Developing Therapies For Mitochondrial Energy Generation Diseases   Murdoch Children's Research Institute
$121,708
2 Years
Application No: 2010-080Chief Investigator: Associate Professor David Thorburn
Project Title:
Developing Therapies For Mitochondrial Energy Generation Diseases

Mitochondrial diseases are the most common inherited metabolic diseases of childhood. They usually affect brain, heart or muscle but currently lack any effective treatments. We have generated two mouse models of Complex I deficiency, the most common mitochondrial disease, one with heart disease and the other neurological disease. We will determine whether bezafibrate can prevent or retard progression of symptoms in these mice. We anticipate that this will provide strong justification for human treatment trials to improve wellbeing of patients.

Generation of Sensory Nerves from Friedreich's Ataxia Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines   The University of Melbourne
$153,637
2 Years
Application No: 2010-066Chief Investigator: Dr Mirella Dottori
Project Title:
Generation of Sensory Nerves from Friedreich's Ataxia Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines

Friedreich�s Ataxia is an inherited disorder that results in progressive degeneration of the nervous system and the heart. The onset age of symptoms is during childhood and their quality of life is severely hampered. We will use stem cells derived from Friedreich�s Ataxia patients to generate the specific nerve cell types affected in this disease. These studies are very important for developing cellular models of this disease to aid the progression of drug discoveries and well as cell replacement therapies.

Inflammation of the fetal skin - a potential mediator of preterm birth?   University of Western Australia
$90,000
2 Years
Application No: 2010-065Chief Investigator: Dr Matthew Kemp
Project Title:
Inflammation of the fetal skin - a potential mediator of preterm birth?

Annually, 8% of all babies in Australia are born premature (preterm). Being born preterm places infants at an increased risk of death and disability. Infection and fetal inflammation are common causes of preterm birth. We suggest that fetal skin may play an important role in the development of fetal inflammation and preterm birth. By studying fetal skin inflammation, we hope to better understand the causes of preterm birth and develop treatments to reduce the consequences of prematurity and fetal inflammation.

The development of the Childhood Health Orientation Index (CHOI)   Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania
$56,780
1 Year
Application No: 2010-051Chief Investigator: Dr Seana Gall
Project Title:
The development of the Childhood Health Orientation Index (CHOI)

We aim to create an index of childhood health orientations, school performance, and educational engagement that will predict health behaviours in adulthood. We will use data already collected as part of the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) study. This study started in 1985 with 8,498 children who were followed-up in 2004-05 when aged 26�36 years. The project will involve new conceptual development, statistical analysis and modelling of this large and unique dataset.

Impact parental work on mental health in Australian children   Curtin Institute of Technology
$160,000
2 Years
Application No: 2010-039Chief Investigator: Dr Jianghong Li
Project Title:
Impact parental work on mental health in Australian children

This interdisciplinary project aims to investigate the impact of parental work patterns on child mental health and to shed new light on the social and economic causes of the high prevalence of mental health problems in children. The future of society and economic prosperity rests in having all children equipped not only physically but also mentally for their participation in society. The goal is to inform policies and innovative interventions to improve the mental health and wellbeing of future generations.

Protracted bacterial bronchitis in children: what is the natural history and role of innate immunity dysfunction?   Qld Children's Medical Research Institute (Previously RCH Foundation)
$150,000
2 Years
Application No: 2010-005Chief Investigator: Professor Anne Chang
Project Title:
Protracted bacterial bronchitis in children: what is the natural history and role of innate immunity dysfunction?

Our previous studies lead to the first description of protracted bacterial bronchitis (PBB), an important and common cause of chronic cough in children. PBB has been incorporated into Australian and international cough guidelines.

We will study possible underlying mechanisms and clinical outcomes of PBB, a likely antecedent to chronic lung disease, if recurrent. We will undertake in-depth clinical and laboratory studies of blood and airway cells of children with and without recurrent PBB to evaluate several immunity types and function.

Total 2010    
$1,088,475