Aussie researchers recognised by the Howard Hughes Institute

The prestigious Howard Hughes Institute in the USA has announced its International Research Scholars, exceptional early-career scientists poised to advance biomedical research across the globe. 41 scholars from 16 countries. Six are from Australia!

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has teamed up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to develop scientific talent around the world, and will award a total of nearly $26.7 million to this group of scholars. Each researcher will receive a total of $650,000 over five years. The award is a big boon for scientists early in their careers and offers the freedom to pursue new research directions and creative projects that could develop into top-notch scientific programs.

Congrats to new Aussie Howard Hughes International Research Scholars:

  • Mark Dawson (Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute)
  • Kathryn Holt (University of Melbourne)
  • Ryan Lister (University of Western Australia)
  • Laura Mackay (University of Melbourne)
  • Seth Masters (Walter+Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research)
  • Wai-Hong Tham (Walter+Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research)

Continue reading “Aussie researchers recognised by the Howard Hughes Institute”

Moving with the power of thought

A device the size of a matchstick, implanted next to the brain’s motor cortex, could one day help paralysed people move their limbs

A group of paralysed patients will soon undergo a revolutionary procedure that could allow them to walk with the power of thought.
.
The key to returning mobility is a tiny, matchstick-sized device called a stentrode. It will be implanted into a blood vessel next to the motor cortex, the brain’s control centre – bypassing the need for complex brain surgery.
.

Continue reading “Moving with the power of thought”