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UHU Collaborative Research Network

The UHU collaborative research network was formed in 2012, and is supported by a memorandum of understanding between the three participating institutions; the University of Western Australia (UWA), Helmholtz Zentrum München (German Research Centre for Environmental Health; HMGU) and University College London (UCL). UWA, HMGU and UCL are research intensive institutions each with an international focus in research and graduate education. The UHU network seeks to further enhance the relation between the three institutions by developing academic and culturing exchange in teaching and research activities. The purpose of the network is to build international collaborations in regenerative medicine research.

Inaugural UHU meeting in Grainau, Hotel Eibsee, Germany, 2013.


UHU Annual Collaborative Research Meetings

As part of the ongoing commitment to fostering collaborations within the research network, each of the three institutions have hosted and supported our annual research meeting. The inaugural UHU Collaborative Research Meeting was hosted by HMGU in Germany in 2013. The second was hosted in London by UCL in 2014, and the third in series was hosted by UWA in Perth, which was opened by the Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Prof. Peter Klinken.

UHU 2013  (3rd July-4th July, Grainau, Germany)

UHU 2014  (14th-15th July, London, United Kingdom)

UHU 2015  (5th-27th November, Perth, Western Australia)

UHU 2017  (7th July-18th July, Schloss Hohenkammer, Germany)


UHU Funding Schemes

The University of Western Australia, Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU) and University College London are multi-faculty, research-intensive institutions, each with an international focus in research and graduate education. Their commitment to facilitate collaborations among their researchers resulted in the establishment of the UWA-Helmholtz Zentrum München – University College London Collaborative Research Network in 2012 with joint research meetings, collaborative research grants, faculty exchange and teaching.
 
Based on the success of the inaugural Seed Funding Programme The University of Western Australia and Helmholtz Zentrum München recently committed a further 800,000 Euros to continue the support of the UHU Collaborative Research Network over the coming three years. In recognition of this effort, we are delighted to announce the second call for applications for UHU’s Grant-in-aid Programme and a continuation of the UHU Seed Funding Scheme to support joint, collaborative research projects between our institutions.  These awards will pave the way for future national and international competitive research grant applications. We encourage all UHU participants to submit applications. Awardees will be invited to present at the next UHU collaborative research meeting. 
 
Details and guidelines for applications can be found below. All applications should be submitted via email to [email protected] by 5 pm (Australian Western Standard Time) on Monday 22nd October 2018. Please note that applications have now closed

 

UWA-Helmholtz Zentrum Munich-UCL Grant-in-aid 2018/2019 - applications now closed

  • Four Grant-in-Aids of up to $50,000(AUD) each.
  • Three grant will be administered and supported at HMGU and one grant by UWA.
  • These grants will be available to current and adjunct staff members of HMGU and UWA, although UCL-staff may be co-applicants. Please note that in the originally circulated application form, there was an error with conditions (a) and (b) referring to the eligibility of co-applicants. The updated conditions are found below.

UHU Grant-in-aid application and conditions 2018 

UWA-Helmholtz Zentrum Munich-UCL Seed Funding 2018/2019 - applications now closed

  • Four UHU Seed Projects of up to $15,000 (AUD) each.
  • Two grant will be administered and supported at HMGU and two by UWA.
  • These grants will be available to current and adjunct staff members of HMGU and UWA, although UCL-staff may be co-applicants. Please note that in the originally circulated application form, there was an error with conditions (a) and (b) referring to the eligibility of co-applicants. The updated conditions are found below.

UHU Seed Funding application and conditions 2018 


 

Congratulations to successful applicants of the 2018/2019 Seed Funding:

  • Dr. Alecia-Jane Twigger, for the project “Secretory mammary epithelial cell diversity and resulting human milk composition”. Dr. Twigger and co-investigators Dr. Christina Scheel, A/Prof. Donna Geddes and Dr. Melvin Gay were awarded 10,000 Euros.


  • Prof. Silke Meiners, for the project “Proteasome activators in cellular reprogramming of human fibroblasts into induced pluripotent stem cells.” Prof. Meiners and co-investigator Dr. Michael Edel were awarded 10,000 Euros.


  • A/Prof. Cecilia Prêle, for the project “Investigating the role of alarmins in pulmonary fibrosis”. A/Prof. Prêle and co-investigators Dr. Chris Scotton, A/Prof. Steven Mutsaers and Prof. Gerard Hoyne were awarded AUD $15,000.


  • A/Prof. Rodney Dilley, for the project “Platform for delivery of MSC wound healing activity using TIPS microspheres and 3D bioprinting”. A/Prof. Dilley and co-investigators Prof. Richard Day, Dr. Barry Doyle, A/Prof. Pritinder Kaur and Ms. Huan Ting Ong were awarded AUD $15,000.


Congratulations to successful applicants of the 2018/2019 Grant-in-Aid Funding
 

  • Dr. Micha Drukker, for the project “Direct Conversion of Human Lung Fibroblasts to Multipotent Lung Progenitors”. Dr. Drukker and co-investigator A/Prof. Yuben Moodley were awarded 30,000 Euros.


  • Dr. Nina Tirnitz-Parker, for the project “Establishing the regulatory role of the TWEAK/Fn14 signalling pathway in liver cancer stem cells using innovative 3D bioprinting and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technologies”. Dr. Tirnitz-Parker and co-investigator Dr. Stefan Stricker were awarded AUD $50,000.


  • Dr. Isis Enlil Fernandez Buelvas, for the project “Novel targetable candidates and functional regulators of MDSC in lung fibrosis”. Dr. Fernandez Buelvas and co-investigators Prof. Alistair Forrest and Dr. Gerard Burgstaller were awarded 30,000 Euros.


  • Dr. Joanne van Vuuren, for the project “Isolation and characterization of an endoderm progenitor with regenerative potential using a novel monoclonal antibody”. Dr. van Vuuren and co-investigators Prof. Heiko Lickert, Prof. George Yeoh, Dr. Cristina Garcia Cáceres, Jürgen Schultheiβ and Dr. Carmelo Quarta were awarded 30,000 Euros.

 

 

Congratulations to successful applicants of the 2017/2018 Seed Funding:

  • Prof. Deirdre Coombe, for the project “Human Dermal Fibroblast Heterogeneity Governs the Formation of Dermal Matrix Micro-niches that Influence Wound Healing”. Prof. Coombe and co-investigator Dr. Yuval Rinkevich were awarded AUD $15,000.
  • Dr. Li Deng, for the project “Delineating the virome, microbiome and mycobiome of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)”. Dr. Deng and co-investigator A/Prof. Yuben Moodley were awarded 10,000 Euros
  • Dr. Micha Drukker, for the project “Deciphering function of NEAT1v1 granules in human pluripotent stem cells”. Dr. Drukker and co-investigators Dr. Archa Fox and Dr. Jernej Ule were awarded 10,000 Euros.
  • Dr. Isis Enlil Fernandez Buelvas, for the project “Circulating MDSC modulate IPF progression by orchestrating immunosuppressive and pro-fibrotic networks”. Dr. Fernandez Buelvas and co-investigator Prof. Alistair Forrest were awarded 9,900 Euros.
  • Dr. Andrew Lucas, for the project “Exploring the relationship between lung flexibility and regenerative growth, as you age”. Dr. Lucas and co-investigators Dr. Herbert Schiller, Dr. Michaela Lucas and Dr. Cecilia Prêle were awarded AUD $14,222.
  • Dr. Cecilia Prêle, for the project “Investigating the role of specific B cell subsets in chronic lung disease”. Dr. Prêle and co-investigators Dr. Ali Önder Yildrim, Dr. Thomas Mark Conlon and Prof. Gerard Hoyne were awarded AUD $15,000
     

 

Congratulations of successful applicants of the 2017/2018 Grant-in-Aid Funding:

  • Prof. Andreas Birkenfeld, for the project “Mechanistic insight into the role of SCL16A11 in the development of insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease”. Prof. Birkenfeld and co-investigator Dr. Leon Adams were awarded 30,000 Euros.
  • Prof. Steven Mutsaers, for the project “Mesothelial cell involvement in serosal repair and adhesion formation”. Prof. Mutsaers and co-investigators Dr. Yuval Rinkevich and Dr. Cecilia Prêle were awarded AUD$50,000

 

 


International Exchange Programs

The UHU collaborative research network acknowledges the vital role of academic exchange to enhance research expertise, foster innovative ideas, develop a broader perspective and strengthen relationships with collaborators. The programme supports the exchange of research fellows and early career researchers. Additionally, the programme provides travel support for post-graduate students to travel to the annual UHU meetings.


Participants of the 2017 UHU meeting, Schloss Hohenkammer, Germany.

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