Healthier lives in reach for MS sufferers

March 6, 2013

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Research that will one day help many people live healthier lives received a major injection of funding from the McCusker Charitable Foundation last month.

Over the past three years the Foundation has provided $900,000 to support research into multiple sclerosis and the development of eight early career researchers at Murdoch University.

These junior researchers are investigating a wide range of topics including motor skill development, brain development and function, exercise and appetite and Hepatitis C vaccine development.

“The generous donation has enabled eight early career researchers to make contributions in health and medical research and pursue their exciting careers,” said Professor Cassandra Berry, Research Director, Integrated Health.

“Support of the multiple sclerosis research project has allowed important advances in the understanding of this chronic debilitating disease.

“Our researchers have been able to share their knowledge and interact with other researchers in the international arena, establishing valuable collaborations to strengthen competitive grant applications.

“Moreover, the McCusker Charitable Foundation funding has brought together an exceptionally talented group of scientists in health research at Murdoch, which is now one step closer to transforming our future and improving quality of life.”

Murdoch University Deputy Vice Chancellors Professor David Morrison and Mr Jon Baldwin, along with researchers Professor Cassie Berry and Dr David Nolan, met with His Excellency Malcolm McCusker and Mrs McCusker to thank them for their support of key research projects.

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