Successful Research Grants
(All grants are administered by The University of Melbourne)
Australian Research Council (ARC) & NHMRC Grant successes (Nov 2011)
Professor Michael Ibbotson was awarded over $800,000.00 for his work on "Mechanisms and pathways leading to saccadic suppression in primate brain" over 3 years. This brings the total national competitive grant funding awarded to the department, beginning 2012, as Lead Organisation to over $1.72million.
ARC Discovery Grants
Project Title: Getting back on track after the unexpected happens: decision making in predictable and unpredictable environments
Lead Investigator: Dr Andrew J Anderson
Project Summary: This project intends to examine how the brain decides where to look next with our eyes, a decision made approximately three times every second. Understanding how the normal brain makes decisions will in turn help us to understand what happens when things go wrong in diseases like dementia and Parkinson's disease.
Total amount awarded over 3 years: $240,000.00
Project Title: Thalamic inputs and cortical microcircuitry underlying the functional architecture of the visual cortex Lead Investigator: Prof Trichur R Vidyasagar
Project Summary: This project seeks to reveal the fundamental circuitry of the visual cortex that enables visual perception. Such understanding is essential not only for explaining many perceptual disturbances, but also for providing a neuronal basis for developing functionally useful prostheses for the blind.
Total amount awarded over 3 years: $290,000.00
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
Project Title: Functional imaging with cellular resolution in the living eye
Lead Investigator: Dr Phillip A Bedggood
Project Summary: Adaptive optics allows the visualisation of individual cells and capillaries in the living human eye. This project will use adaptive optics to explore the normal function of these microscopic objects, and how this function changes in eyes suffering from disease. This will aid in developing new ways to diagnose and treat debilitating eye diseases.
Total amount awarded over 3 years: $375,000.000