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World-leading research receives $500,000 from The Lott

World-leading research receives $500,000 from The Lott

22 June 2021

We are proud to support two unique University of Queensland research projects with a $500,000 donation from The Lott by Golden Casket unclaimed prize money.

The first project focuses on a funnel-web spider venom peptide that will improve recovery from strokes and heart attacks while the second concentrates on new technology paving the way for the next generation of vaccines.

The peptide (Hi1a) from the venom of the Fraser Island (K’gari) funnel-web spider has been found to protect the brain from damage caused by a stroke, improve cardiac recovery after heart attacks, and enhance the performance of donor hearts used for transplantation.

Project leader Professor Glenn King said the donation would fast-track the drug to clinical trials, with the ultimate goal of providing first responders with a crucial drug against strokes and heart attacks.

The second project is UQ’s “molecular clamp” vaccine technology. It helps the body recognise the virus fragments - from influenza and Ebola - as enough of a threat to create an effective immune response.

UQ Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) Jennifer Karlson said the university was grateful to The Lott by Golden Casket for supporting these two world-leading research projects.

“We are delighted to continue to partner with The Lott by Golden Casket to help advance research that aims to tackle some of the biggest health issues our societies face today,” she said.

The Lott General Manager Andrew Shepherd added: “We often hear from our winners the dreams they want to make a reality. But today, these UQ researchers are dreaming of making a future with better health outcomes for everyone.”

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