Applications open for $100,00 pro-life research grant

Professor Nick Di Girolamo with lab staff at UNSW (Supplied)

Australian-based medical researchers are invited to apply for a grant of $100,000 to support a diverse range of research focused on supporting vulnerable human life. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.

This is the 10th pro-life medical research grant offered by the Sydney Archdiocese since 2003.

The research may investigate medical approaches to assisting infertile couples, medical treatments conducted on babies in-utero, palliative care treatments at all stages of life with a focus on pain management or research involving the therapeutic use of adult stem cells.

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP said the grant is aimed at supporting innovative research which respects Catholic moral teachings.

“We are committed to a culture of life, including scientific research that respects human life from conception until natural death,” Archbishop Fisher said.

“At a time when many state parliaments have implemented laws that attack the sanctity of life through abortion or euthanasia, and the federal parliament is considering laws to allow the creation of babies with three genetic parents, these research grants are more important than ever to advance responsible medical research which respects the dignity of human life”.

As part of the research grant, medical researchers report on how they have used the grant to potentially improve health outcomes for patients.

The 2015 recipient, Nick Di Girolamo, from the School of Medical Sciences at the University of NSW, submitted his report this month entitled “Improving clinical outcomes for patients receiving corneal stem cell transplants”.

Professor Di Girolamo said the Archdiocese of Sydney grant has been pivotal to his work towards treating and potentially curing corneal disease that can cause blindness.

Details: Medical research grants

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Applications invited for prestigious pro life medical research grant (Sydney Archdiocese) 

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