Dr Dylan Cliff

Sleep and movement research in children has been recognised in the latest Australian Research Council grant announcements

The ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards and Discovery Projects were announced today.

IHMRI’s Dr Dylan Cliff from UOW’s School of Education and Early Start has been awarded $388,333 to continue his research into the most effective physical activity and sleep mix for young children.

Distinguished Professor David J. Adams, IHMRI’s CEO and Executive Director says the success reinforces the dedication and research of scientists in the Illawarra.

 “These successes in a highly competitive environment recognise IHMRI’s valued contributions to important areas of research,” Professor Adams said.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for our researchers to once again have an impact at an international level.”

ARC Discovery Project

“There are hundreds of studies that show these movement behaviours each individually influence child development,” Dr Cliff said.

“The problem is, just like a meal will involve a mix of healthy foods, a child’s day involves a mix of movement behaviours, and the daily mix is likely to influence their healthy development.”

The Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan has announced almost $285 million in funding for 660 new research collaborations to start next year.

“Our Government is investing in high-quality research and the future of Australian research being carried out in our universities,” Mr Tehan said.

“The research done by our universities can lead to the development of new products and innovations that drive job growth, business opportunities and productivity gains.

“This investment will help develop solutions to problems in areas such as health, infrastructure, economics and the environment. “Our Government is strategically investing in partnerships between universities, industry and government to drive the commercialisation of research.”

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

IHMRI’s Dr Bethany Hoye from UOW’s Faculty, Medicine & Health secured an ARC DECRA fellowship earlier this year to investigate how microbiota help wildlife adapt to new environments.

“I’m incredibly grateful to be awarded this opportunity,” said Dr Hoye.

“Thank you to the countless mentors, colleagues and friends for the science, and my family for endless support in juggling family and research.”

Media contact

Louise Negline, Communications Coordinator

t: 4221 4702

m: 0417 044 867

e: louisenegline@ihmri.org.au

Top image: Dylan Cliff


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