Two researchers from The University of Western Australia have been awarded $10,000 each to study the effects of green tea on cancer and the provision of health services.
Dr Min Zhang and Associate Professor Rachael Moorin, from UWA's School of Population Health, were among five recipients of 2009's New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) Awards.
Dr Zhang is involved in several research projects, including collaborative work with researchers in China. The major focus of her work is identifying modifiable factors, in particular green tea, associated with the incidence of, and survival from, adult leukaemia, breast and colorectal cancer.
A senior research fellow in the School of Population Health, Dr Zhang is also the director of Lu Cha (Green Tea) Sino-Australian Research Collaboration.
Earlier this year she was awarded the Federal Government's 2009 Endeavour Research Fellowship to conduct a pilot trial in China.
Associate Professor Moorin works across a broad range of health issues, including the provision of health services for rural cancer patients, the health effects of social inequality and health care financing.
She is also the Director of the UWA node of the Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health.
Funded and delivered by the Department of Health, the NIRIS Awards have distributed $785,000 in research support to 63 WA-based researchers since 2001.
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716