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Research information

Along with education and assistance, Arthritis Australia spearheads the effort to further our knowledge of arthritis and to search for cures. Much of our work is directed toward raising funds to provide grants, fellowships and scholarships. Associate Professor Michelle Leech is the Medical Director of Arthritis Australia and Professor Graeme Jones is the Chair of the Arthritis Australia Research Grants Assessment Committee.

Arthritis Australia conducts an annual research grants program open to both national and international researchers, and funds the chair of rheumatology at the University of Sydney.

As well as our national research program, some of our state affiliate offices provide financial support for local research projects and academic rheumatology initiatives. These include the Chair of Rheumatology at Queensland University and the University of Western Australia and, senior lecturer position at Sydney's Westmead Hospital.


To view the complete list of the 2014 Arthritis Australia National Research Program recipients click here.

The Cooper Medical Research Foundation

The Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation is a private, self funded medical research body whose resolve is the promotion and encouragement of medical research into all fields of the medical sciences, throughout Australia. The Foundation meets its goals by annually giving research grants within an ever widening group of research categories that it decides to support.

The Foundation has a personal approach towards the granting of research funds and this is appreciated by their recipients, often expressed at their Grants Dinner held in late March each year.

Medical Research Grants and PhD Scholarships are on offer each year. To find out more, visit their website


Reviewed and updated February 2014


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