Following a 2013 strategic review, The Sydney Foundation for Medical Research has recently relaunched as the National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation (NFMRI).

The organisation’s newly-minted mission is to support innovative areas of research in the prevention or eradication of diseases, and it is this week celebrating the launch of a funding partnership with the NSW Government’s Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to focus on infectious diseases.

Research into diseases such as the Hendra virus and the Australian bat lyssavirus, which are transmitted from animals to humans, will be the funding focus of the public-private fund.

“With around 75 per cent of emerging human infectious diseases coming from animals, this new fund has major benefits for both human health and our $12 billion primary industries sector,” says NSW Department of Primary Industries Acting Director General, Michael Bullen.

“$400,000 of joint funding will be available for research into new vaccines, medicines and new and faster diagnosis tools to identify and stop the spread of infectious diseases.

“Successful projects will be backed by DPI’s world-class biosecurity experts and NFMRI’s extensive networks including medical practitioners, scientists and industry leaders.”

NFMRI CEO, Dr Noel Chambers, welcomes the NSW Government’s investment in the new research fund.

”It is important that researchers, government, industry and philanthropy work together to identify priority research areas and collaborate to support critical areas for research and translation,” he says.

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