Notre Dame to receive $1 million for ground-breaking COVID-19 research

17 June 2020

The University of Notre Dame Australia is one of five universities the McGowan Government has committed $5 million to for 34 projects that could see Western Australian researchers play a leading role in the global fight against COVID-19.

In an announcement on June 10, Health Minister Roger Cook attributed the “remarkable success of Western Australians in suppressing the spread of COVID-19” to its basis in the best scientific and medical advice available.

"It is vital that we support the work of our universities to improve our understanding of the virus through ongoing, innovative research,” Mr Cook said.

"The projects being funded by the McGowan Government represent an exciting stage in Western Australia's contribution to the global fight against COVID-19."

Treasurer Ben Wyatt also commented on the potential this funding presents for Western Australia’s “world-class research institutes”.

"The State Government is very happy to support these efforts that could potentially save or improve the lives of many, many people diagnosed with COVID-19.” Mr Wyatt said.

Notre Dame Pro Vice Chancellor Research Greg Blatch said “it is very positive that the WA State Government and the WA Chief Scientist have taken leadership in investing substantial funds into university-led COVID-19 research, the funding will support 7 projects led by researchers on our Fremantle and Broome campuses, and addresses four themes, Telehealth, Mental Health, Aboriginal Health and Immune response to COVID-19.

A big thank-you and congratulations to everyone involved in responding to this opportunity so far, and going forward, as we use the funding for this very important and timely research on COVID-19.

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