Community support making a huge impact on the health of Tasmanians

Published on
23 March 2023
Dr Kelsie Raspin with daffodils

Thanks to the generosity of our local community, the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation is proudly continuing its 26-year tradition of funding innovative research projects to improve the lives of our local community. Recently the Foundation announced that it will be granting more than $1.6 million over the next three years to continue this tradition of giving to fund life-saving medical research projects in Tasmania.

The grant funding will be distributed among Tasmanian researchers who are investigating a range of health issues including cancer, heart disease, dementia, and chronic diseases. Grants have been allocated to support innovative pilot studies, emerging research projects and multi-year investigations across these areas.

The Foundation’s CEO, Steph Furler, explains that these research projects will make a huge difference to the lives of people in Tasmania.

“It’s exciting to know that our researchers will be investigating a variety of health conditions, that will lead to better treatments and care for patients in Tasmania,” she said.

“We are so grateful to our local community who continue to support medical research projects, knowing that it will help improve the lives of people around them.”

Researchers in the 2023 Foundation-funded projects will examine a range of health conditions. Project include studying sleep and wake patterns to identify rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder, analysing tremors to develop a new pre-cognitive test for dementia, and looking at how precision medicine can be used to better care for men with prostate cancer in Tasmania. A team will also investigate critical decision making for patients with end-stage kidney disease, thanks to the Foundation’s inaugural Lowenthal-Muller grant.

Thank you again to everyone who continues to support the Foundation and ensure that medical research projects continue to thrive in Tasmania.

(Pictured: Dr. Kelsie Raspin is our 2023 Major Project Grant recipient)

To find out more about the projects that the Foundation has supported in 2023, please visit our research grants page.