The Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation is a registered and self-funded charity which has as its object, the advancing, promoting and encouraging of medical research in Australia.


Dr Peter Crack
Department of Pharmacology, The University of Melbourne
“The control of neural inflammation in traumatic brain injury.”

Dr Kaylene Young
University of Tasmania, Menzies Research Institute Tasmania
“Establishing a state-of-the-art ‘live cell recording and imaging facility’ at the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania.”

Dr Tammy Money
Melbourne Brain Centre
“Investigation of the expression and function of proteins implicated in schizophrenia.”

Prof Jens Coorssen
Department of Molecular Physiology, University of Western Sydney School of Medicine
“Real-time analyses of single cell functions using electrophysiology: Dissecting the central mechanism of neuronal function.”

Prof Simon Brown
Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine (CCREM), Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR)
“Immune signalling after traumatic brain injury.”

Dr Kim Woojin
Neuroscience Research Australia
“Lipid as a potential target for intervening the disease process of multiple system atrophy.”


Associate Professor Susan McLennan
University of Sydney, Discipline of Medicine
“The role of inflammatory cell apoptosis in delayed wound healing in diabetes.”

Associate Professor Amanda Sainsbury-Salis
The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, The University of Sydney
“Gold-standard assessment of body composition during interventions to prevent diabetes and the frailty of old age.”

Associate Professor Bronwyn O’Brien
School of Medical & Molecular Biosciences, University of Technology Sydney
“Helmedix Therapeutics: Prevention of autoimmune disease and transplant rejection using a novel immune-modulatory molecule from a worm.”

Associate Professor Anandwardhan Hardikar
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Sydney University
“A novel method to diagnose damage to eye in diabetes.”


Dr Cecile King
Department of Immunology and Inflammation, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
“Environmental triggers of autoimmune disease”

Dr Sherif Boulos
Molecular Neurobiology Group, Australian Neuro-muscular Research Institute
“Investigation of mutations in the LLRK2 protein that causes Parkinson’s Disease.”

Dr Viive Howell
Bill Walsh Cancer Research Laboratories, Royal North Shore Hospital
“Towards personalising chemotherapeutic treatment for cancer – investigating inter-ethnic differences in genetic susceptibility to anti-cancer drug toxicity.”


Associate Professor Hala Zreiqat
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Unit, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Sydney
“Microstructural design strategies for repairing traumatic skeletal injuries”

Dr Christopher Vidal
Sydney Medical School, Nepean Hospital
“The role of the nuclear envelope in age-related bone loss”


Dr Paul Soeding
Cardiovascular Therapeutics Unit, Department of Pharmacology, University of Melbourne
“The investigation of novel endothelin receptor antagonists and nitric oxide stimulators in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension.”

Dr Rhys Allan
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
“Rewiring the circuitry of harmful white blood cells to treat asthma.”

Prof William Rawlinson
Virology Research, School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales
“The impact of respiratory virus infections on young children with cystic fibrosis.”

Dr Daniel Chambers
The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation
“A novel ex-vivo model of human lung disease to treat Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

Dr Heidi Smith-Vaughan
Menzies School of Health Research
“Chronic suppurative lung disease in Indigenous children; understanding the causes to inform improved treatment and vaccination strategies.”


Professor David Findlay
Orthopaedics and Trauma, Royal Adelaide Hospital
“Towards an understanding of bone marrow lesions in osteoarthritis.”

Professor Mark Hogarth
Centre for Immunology, Burnet Institute
“New markers of Th17 cells in rheumatoid arthristis.”

Associate Professor Michael Hickey
Monash Medical Centre, Monash University
“In vivo imaging in rheumatological diseases.”


Professor Michael Ibbotson
Australian College of Optometry, National Vision Research Institute
“Recreating vision in the retina using electrical stimulation.”

Professor Stuart Graham
Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University
“Dynamic characteristics of the retinal vessels: A new perspective for investigating systemic and ocular disease in vivo.”