Australian National University medical researchers will receive nearly $12 million in federal government grants to make "life-changing and life-altering discoveries".
It forms part of a $472 million investment into medical research to save lives and make Australians healthier announced on Tuesday.
Six grants totalling nearly $12 million will be fully funded over the next five years with the largest led by Professor Carola Vinuesa.
Her $4 million project will look into the potential to develop a new treatment that could control cells that cause autoimmune diseases and allergies.
A project by Associate Professor Ian Cockburn will look at what makes a successful vaccine and why malaria treatments haven't been particularly effective.
Doctor Kinley Wangdi will lead a separate project aiming to improve geographical mapping in order to prevent, detect and manage malaria, dengue and intestinal worms in tropical countries
Racialised health inequities in cancer, a research proposal which will be led by Associate Professor Lisa Whop, will also receive funding.
The lion's share of the government's funding announcement, nearly $400 million, will be directed to the National Health and Medical Research Council's investigator scheme, which provides funding over five years to research proposals.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the funding commitment would help the country become better-equipped to fight off future diseases and medical mysteries after the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The grants include support for the next generation of research leaders seeking to develop more effective vaccines for respiratory diseases, investigate the missing genetics of rare diseases and help make the revolution in genomic medicine accessible and useful to everyone," he said.
"Through decades of investment, the NHMRC has helped build the foundations of this critical sector based on competitive, peer-reviewed health and medical research of the highest quality and the highest standards of ethics and integrity."
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