Eight applicants were successful, and were awarded $15,000 each for activities supporting subsequent research grant applications.
(in alphabetical order)
Katie Attwell| Murdoch University / Honorary Fellow of the Telethon Kids Institute
Parent Immunisation needs and attitudes survey
The development of effective tools to address mothers' concerns about future decisions to vaccinate their child while they are still pregnant.
Sarra Jamieson| Telethon Kids Institute
An 'omics' approach to understanding the pathogenesis of otitis media
The use of so-called 'omics' technologies to identify pathways playing a key role in ear infections.
Jeff Lauzon-Joset| Telethon Kids Institute
Alveolar macrophage functions are altered during pregnancy and cause an increased susceptibility to influenza vaccination
To prove in a mice model that alveolar macrophages (a type of immune cell) are not well functioning during pregnancy and that restoration of their function may protect against the high risk of influenza infections in pregnancy.
Shailender Mehta| Fiona Stanley Hospital
Randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial of probiotics in pregnancy and its effect on GBS colonization: PIP trial
A clinical trial studying the use of probiotics in pregnancy to prevent colonization with the bacterium Group B Streptococcus - which is a main cause of neonatal sepsis worldwide.
Janessa Pickering| Telethon Kids Institute
Development of digital PCR methods to quantitatively assess NTHi and H. haemolyticus nasopharyngeal density in children with and without recurrent otitis media
To use for the first time a new technology called 'dPCR' for the detection of low concentrations of bacteria in the ear that may not have been detectable before.
Meru Sheel| Telethon Kids Institute
Quantifying the disease burden of GAS associated pharyngitis and impetigo in WA
Developing a surveillance program to measure the burden of throat infections (pharyngitis) and skin infections (impetigo) with Group A Streptococcus in Aborginal children in WA.
Genevieve Syn| Telethon Kids Institute
Characterising the mechanisms through which transplacental transmission of the parasite T. gondii leads to the ocular and brain clinical signs associated with congenital toxoplasmosis
For characterising the mechanisms through which the parasite Toxoplasma gondii leads to damage to the brains and eyes of congenitally infected newborns.
Nadal Townsi| Telethon Kids Institute
Feasibility and assessment of respiratory viruses in asymptomatic and symptomatic specimen collected from preterm infants
To determine the number of symptomatic and asymptomatic respiratory viral infections that preterm born children have in the first few months of life and how this may relate to the development of lung disease.