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 Hana Burianova
The University of Queensland
Identifying biomarkers of preclinical degeneration

Dr Trevor Chong
Monash University
The objective quantification and treatment of cognitive fatigue in Parkinson’s disease: A novel neurocomputational approach

Dr Erin Cvejic
University of New South Wales
Sleeping, but your heart’s not in it: Heart rate variability during slow wave sleep in chronic fatigue syndrome.

Dr Jean Giacomotto
Queensland Brain Institute
Using the Zebrafish to fight psychiatric disorders. From proof-of-principle to new insights and treatments

Dr Erin Godecke
Edith Cowan University
Prediction of language outcome after stroke using clinically available acute brain imaging

Dr Mark Graham
Children’s Medical Research Institute
Phosphoproteomic profiling of activity-dependent presynaptic signalling

Dr Luke Johnson
Translational Research Institute
Novel pharmacological strategies to alleviate and treat PTSD

A/Prof Tim Karl
University of Western Sydney
To gain a deeper understanding of the molecular origins of dementia and to develop new therapeutic compounds

Dr Huazheng Liang
Neuroscience Research Australia
Brain control over the spinal cord during voluntary movement: a study using CLARITY/CUBIC technique

Dr Ashleigh Lin
Telethon Kids Institute
Understanding neurobiological markers for schizophrenia and autism to support diagnosis and treatment of these disorders

Prof Ingrid Scheffer
The University of Melbourne
Gene Discovery in Families with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr Daniel Scott
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
Establishment of a structure-based drug discovery platform

Dr Bridgette Semple
The University of Melbourne
Slice electrophysiology to investigate acquired epilepsy after paediatric traumatic brain injury

Dr Janette Tong
Monash University
Developing a patho-physiological model for ADHD

Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen
University of Melbourne
Understanding brain structural and functional contributions to emotion processing in bipolar disorder


Dr Ria Arnold
University of New South Wales
Investigating the effect of glucose variability on the nervous system in diabetes

Dr Tara Brennan-Speranza
University of Sydney
Identifying the cellular and structural basis for skeletal fragility in Type 2 Diabetes

Prof Maria Craig
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead; University of New South Wales; Prince of Wales Hospital
Virome detection during pregnancy and early life of Australian infants at risk of developing type 1 diabetes using Next Generation Sequencing

Assoc. Prof. Rachel Davey
The University of Melbourne
The action of the hormone, calcitonin, to regulate bone formation.

Prof Peter Fuller
Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Mechanisms of hormone action through nuclear receptors and TGFbeta superfamily

Assoc. Prof. Mark Gorrell
Centenary Institute
Developing an improved therapy for type 2 diabetes

Assoc. Prof. Martha Lappas
The University of Melbourne
Dietary phytophenols as novel therapeutics to prevent gestational diabetes

Dr Ruth Meex
Monash University
Identification of a novel liver-secreted factor that improves glucose metabolism

Prof Kerry-Anne Rye
University of New South Wales
Preservation of Pancreatic Beta Cells in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus by High Density Lipoproteins

Prof Ann Simpson
University of Technology Sydney
Rapid isolation and purification of nucelic acids and proteins from engineerd liver cells

Assoc. Prof. Emmanuel Stamatakis
University of Sydney
The metabolic benefits of increased physical activity and reduced sedentary behaviour in the office-based workplace

Dr Aaron Sverdlov
The University of Adelaide
Metabolic heart disease: markers and mechanisms

Dr Charmaine Tam
The University of Sydney
Does yo-yo dieting have detrimental effects on whole-body and fat tissue metabolism?


Prof Derek Hart
ANZAC Research Institute
The compelling need for new therapeutic antibodies targeting acute myeloid leukaemia

Dr Rosetta Martiniello-Wilks
University of Technology Sydney
Transcriptome Interrogation of Stem Cell-Based Gene Therapy for Osteoporosis

Dr Kylie Quinn
University of Melbourne
Finding Fuel for Aged Killer T cells

Dr Ann-Maree Vallence
Murdoch University
Strengthening functional connectivity in the aging brain to improve voluntary movement

Prof Hala Zreiqat
University of Sydney
Novel 3D printed scaffolds for intervertebral fusion


Dr Jane Bourke
Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University
Improving lung health for life in preterm babies

Prof Warwick Britton
Centenary Institute
Imaging Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific tissue resident memory T cells in the lung

Assoc. Prof. Timothy Cole
Monash University
Analysis of Novel Selective Steroid Compounds for Treating Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Preterm Babies

Dr Emmanuelle Fantino
University of Queensland
Linking childhood asthma and obesity through macrophages

Dr Joanna Groom
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Harnessing T cell responses for development of a universal influenza vaccine

Assoc. Prof Peter Middleton
Westmead Millennium Institute, Sydney Medical School
Rapid screening of breath samples for detection of cystic fibrosis lung disease

Assoc. Prof. John Miles
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Understanding immune dysfunction in mycobacterial infection

Dr Samantha Passey
RMIT University
Can antioxidant therapy to reduce oxidative stress in COPD improve lung disease and muscle function?


Dr Michelle Hall
University of Melbourne
Targeted effect of neuromuscular and quadriceps strengthening exercise on knee joint structure for knee osteoarthritis: a pilot study

Prof P Mark Hogarth
Burnet Institute
Developing novel therapeutics to target a new pathway in rheumatoid arthritis

Prof Nicholas Manolios
Westmead Hospital; University of Sydney
Determining the scope of action of a novel immunomodulatory peptide


Dr Samantha Dando
Monash University
Are there functional antigen presenting cells in the mouse retina and brain?

Assoc. Prof. Anandwardhan Hardikar
University of Sydney
DETECT Study: Diagnosing Early for (sight) Threatening Eye Complications

Prof Michael Ibbotson
Australian College of Optometry
Creating The Next Generation of Bionic Eyes

Prof Kathryn Rose
University of Technology Sydney
Prevention of myopia in school-age children