$3.3 million in NHMRC grants for Orygen research

$3.3 million in NHMRC grants for Orygen research

17 September 2021

$3.3 million in NHMRC grants for Orygen research

Three Orygen researchers have received more than $3.3 million in government funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Associate Professor Jo Robinson was awarded an Investigator Grant – Leadership, while Dr Jennifer Nicholas and Dr Zac Seidler both received Investigator Grants – Emerging Leadership.

Through the competitive NHMRC scheme, A/Prof Robinson has secured more than $2.2 million to explore how social media can be used to reduce suicide and self-harm in young people.

Dr Nicholas will use her $650,740 grant to carry out much-needed research into how digital interventions in youth mental health can be put into practice sooner rather than later. 

Dr Seidler received $490,444 for his project which will focus on ensuring clinicians who work with men have evidence-based training to better understand and respond to their male clients’ needs.

Orygen executive director Professor Patrick McGorry said the grants would be invaluable in progressing research that can be used to revolutionise youth mental health care in Australia.

“We are incredibly grateful that the government and NHMRC have recognised the importance of these Orygen research projects,” Professor McGorry said. 

“Congratulations to Jo, Jennifer and Zac for successfully securing financial support for studies which will provide crucial evidence that can ultimately be translated into improved mental health care for young Australians.”

Go to the NHMRC website to find out more about this round of funding.