$1.5 million boost for Western Australian biobanking

The McGowan Government has announced grants worth more than $1.5 million to support 16 Western Australian biobanks while a new State biobanking model is being developed. The financial boost was made available through the Biobank Interim Support Program 2021, which is supported by the Government’s Future Health Research and Innovation Fund.

The 16 grant recipients were selected through a competitive merit-based process with each biobank meeting criteria for excellence and engagement with the community.

Recipients include the Busselton Health Study Biobank, which received $252,981. It is overseen by the Chair of the Busselton Population Medical Research Institute, Clinical Professor Alan James, whose research involves respiratory diseases and how these are associated with environmental and genetic risk factors.

Other recipients include the Harry Perkins Institute DNA Biobank, which was awarded $189,985; with the ORIGINS Biobank and Telethon Kids Cancer Centre Biobank, both administered by the Telethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research at The University of Western Australia, awarded $170,735 and $156,535 respectively.

The complete list of grant recipients is available on the Future Health Research and Innovation Fund website.

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