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 Guy Barry
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Brain Diabetes

Prof Michael Breakspear
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Improving the Utility of Submaximal Fitness in Patients with Severe Mental Illness

Dr Rose Chesworth
Western Sydney University
Understanding Cannabinoid Abuse in Schizophrenia

Dr Hayley Dickinson
Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Creatine Content of Pre-Term Human Milk and Formula: Implications for Neurological Development in this High-Risk Population

Dr Thomas Duncan
Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney
Skin to Neuron: A Novel Therapy for Alzheimer’s Dementia

Dr Mark Graham
Children’s Medical Research Institute
A Laser Puller for the Analysis of Neuronal Signalling Mechanisms

Assoc. Prof Helmut Hügel
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
A Natural Product Spirooxindole Scaffold for the Design and Development of Novel Anti-neurodegenerative Agents for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s disease?

Dr Lauriane Jugé
Neuroscience Research Institute
Development of an Imaging Biomarker to Differentiate Early Causes of Dementia

Dr James Kesby
Queensland Brain Institute
Understanding Early Dopamine Function in Schizophrenia

Prof Simon Koblar
University of Adelaide
Npas4, a Promising Target to Repair Brain Injury After Stroke

Prof John McGrath
Queensland Brain Institute, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research
Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels and Vitamin D: Investigating the Convergent Links Between Risk Factors for Schizophrenia

Dr Kimberley Pitman
Menzies Institute for Medical Research, UTAS
Building a New Electrophysiology Rig

Prof William Rawlinson
University of New South Wales
Therapeutic Models for the Prevention of Virus-Induced Congenital Neurological Malformation

Prof Des Richardson
The University of Sydney
Development of Innovative Multi-Functional Drugs for the Treatment of the Multiple Pathologies in Alzheimer’s Disease

Assoc. Prof Justin Rubio
University of Melbourne
Is There a Role for Oligodendrocyte Somatic Mutation in Progressive MS?

Dr Lianne Schmaal
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Elucidating Individual Differences in the Presentation of Youth Depression by Meaningfully Integrating Biological, Clinical and Behavioural Data.

Dr Phillippa Taberlay
University of Tasmania
New geNOMeC Maps of Neuronal Epigenetic Changes in Alzheimer’s Disease


Dr Michael Bertoldo
University of New South Wales
Metformin – Effects on Oocyte Quality and Function

Prof Maria Craig
University of New South Wales, Prince of Wales Hospital
Characterising the Population of Viruses that Trigger Islet Autoimmunity and Type 1 Diabetes Using Virome Capture Sequencing

Prof Michael Horowitz
University of Adelaide
Measurement of Gut-Related Hormones Involved in Regulating Gastric Emptying, Intestinal Transit, Blood Glucose Concentrations, and Appetite

A/Prof Meg Jardine
The George Institute for Global Health
Diabetic Management: Do Older Australians Require Specific Targets?

A/Prof Slade Jensen
Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research
Massively Parallel DNA Sequencing and Transcriptomics of Diabetic Foot Infections

Dr Willian Korim
Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
Neurogenesis and Vagus Nerve Activity: A Novel Early Prognosticator of Diabetes Onset.

Prof Itamar Levinger
Victoria University
The Role of Osteocalcin in Blood Vessel Disease: A Novel Approach to Fight Blood Vessels Disease

Prof Richard MacIsaac
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
Investigating a Novel Risk Marker to Identify Progressive Diabetic Kidney Disease in Indigenous Australians

Dr Sonia Saad
Kolling Institute of Medical Research
Novel Treatment for Kidney Disease Related to Dietary Obesity and Maternal Obesity

A/Prof Simone Schoenwaelder
Heart Research Institute
A Novel Therapeutic Target for Diabetic-Associated Thrombosis – The Role of PI 3-kinase p110beta

Prof Ann Simpson
University of Technology Sydney
Analysis of Insulin-Secreting Human Liver Cells

A/Prof Michael Skilton
University of Sydney
Assessing Autonomic Activity in Children: Preventing Cardio-Metabolic Disease

Prof Peter Thorn
University of Sydney
Is Insulin Secretion Regulated by a Synaptic-Like Mechanism?

A/Prof Anthony Verberne
University of Melbourne
Orexin Regulation of Pancreatic Glucagon Secretion: New Hope for Management of Iatrogenic Hypoglycaemia

Dr Neil Youngson
University of New South Wales
Do Exercise and NAD+-Raising Drugs Synergise in Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes?


Dr Timothy Sargeant
Deciphering Genetic Data in Alzheimer’s Disease: Assigning Function to Risk Factor Genes

Dr Shayanti Mukherjee
Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Let’s Mesh it Better: Advanced Gynaecological Care for Elderly Women With Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)

Dr Liang Zhao
University of Technology, Sydney
Reconstruction and Navigation for Endovascular Catheter Procedures by Intravascular Ultrasound and Electromagnetic Sensing

Prof Alaina Ammit
UTS and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
Switching Tristetraprolin on to Turn Off Inflammation in Lung Disease

Prof Nigel Curtis
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Monitoring TB Treatment Success: Validation of Novel Biomarkers

Prof Christine Jenkins
The George Institute for Global Health
Preventing Adverse Cardiac Events in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Dr Richard Kim
The University of Newcastle
Investigation of the Role of Slc26a4 in the Induction of Respiratory Acidosis and Severe, Steroid-Resistant Asthma

Dr Despoina Koulenti
The University of Queensland
International Multicentre Prospective Observational Cohort Study of Nosocomial Pneumonia in Intensive Care Units

A/Prof Peter Vuillermin
Deakin University
Microbial Exposure, Innate Immune Development and Asthma

A/Prof Cynthia Whitchurch
The ithree institute, The University of Technology Sydney.
Discovery of Novel Antibiotics for the Treatment of Bacterial Lung Infections


Prof Gerald Atkins
University of Adelaide
The Responses of Osteocytes to Hypoxia

A/Prof Justine Ellis
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Why Do Boys Get Juvenile Arthritis Less Often than Girls?

Dr Sarah Jones
Monash University
Immunospheres: Creating an Immune System in a Microparticle

Dr Laurence Macia
The Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney
Manipulate Immune Tolerance to Improve Rheumatoid Arthritis


Prof Jamie Craig
Flinders Ophthalmology
Human Ocular Tissue Expression Atlas

Prof Jennifer Gamble
Centenary Institute
A New Therapy for Eye Disease

Dr Roy Kong
University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Hospital
Is GPR109A a Potential Therapeutic Target to Alleviate Inflammation in the Retina?

Dr Guei-Sheung Liu
Centre for Eye Research Australia
A Switchable Gene Therapy for Retinal Vascular Leakage in Diabetic Retinopathy

Prof Paul McMenamin
Monash University
Imaging Toxoplasmosis in the Eye Using Genetically Modified Parasites and Host Mice

Prof Justine Smith
Flinders University
Zika Virus Infection of the Human Eye

Dr Kirstan Vessey
The University of Melbourne
A Novel Mechanism and Treatment Strategy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration