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.

Brain Sciences: Psychiatry and Neurology (excluding Dementias)

Dr. Louise Corben
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Does individualised rehabilitation improve function in individuals with hereditary cerebellar ataxia? A randomised controlled trial.

Dr. Ryan Davis
University of Sydney
Development of a metabolic diagnostic indicator test for mitochondrial diseases

Dr. Teri Furlong
Neuroscience Research Australia
Preventing the effect of high-calorie food on habitual eating using an orexin-1 receptor antagonist

Dr. Yuning Hong
La Trobe University
Seeking New Biomarkers for Early Diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease and Huntington’s Disease

Dr. Natasha Kumar
University of New South Wales
Respiratory disorders: are long term changes in central respiratory chemoreception mediated by neuropeptides?

Dr. Fiona McKay
University of Sydney
Harnessing Natural Killer cells in multiple sclerosis : one weapon with multiple targets.

Dr. James Roberts
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Early bedside detection and prognosis of preterm brain injury

Dr. Brad Sutherland
University of Tasmania
Blood vessels squeezed to death by pericytes: a new therapeutic target for ischaemic stroke

Dr. Lisa Walter
Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Does apnoea and periodic breathing in infancy have long-term consequences for neurodevelopmental outcomes in children born preterm?

Dermatology with an emphasis on Psoriasis

Dr. Samantha Stehbens
University of Queensland
How do microtubules control metastatic melanoma invasion?

Endocrinology (excluding Diabetes)

Dr. Michael Huang
University of Sydney
Intercepting the Hormone Hepcidin to Treat the Anaemia of Chronic Disease

Dr. Ellen Menkhorst
Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Finding the right treatment for repeated implantation failure

Dr. Kelly Walton
Monash University
Engineered TGF-beta proteins for the treatment of female infertility and post-menopausal complications

Geriatrics (excluding Dementias)

Dr. David Scott
Monash University
Exercise for Musculoskeletal and Metabolic Health During Weight Loss in Sarcopenic Obese Older Adults

Lung Disease (other than Cancer)

Dr. Kristen Bubb
University of Sydney
Is substance P / neurokinin 1 signalling a promising target for treatment of pulmonary hypertension?

Dr. Anna Hudson
Neuroscience Research Australia
Understanding impaired neural control of the respiratory muscles in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Dr. Ronan Kapetanovic
University of Queensland
Enhancing antimicrobial pathways in innate immune cells to combat bacterial infections in the lung

Dr. Pawan Sharma
University of Technology Sydney
Impact of maternal vaping on lung infection and asthma development in the offspring.

Dr. Shannon Simpson
Telethon Kids Institute
Challenging the dogma: Active lung disease long after preterm birth?

Dr. Sarvesh Kumar Soni
RMIT University
Inhaled therapeutics for the treatment of childhood Tuberculosis with a next generation nebulisation platform

Dr. Miranda Ween
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Testing the effects of temperature and wattage of the newest generation of E-cigarettes on lung cells


Dr. Joanne Reed
Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Targeting Rogue Clones in Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases

Vision Sciences

Dr. David Alonso Caneiro
Queensland University of Technology
Artificial intelligence for image processing in ocular imaging in health and disease

Dr. Faran Sabeti
Australian National University
Relationsip of novel retinal functional biomarkers in early AMD with macular pigment