The following organisations provide grants for research or access to research into rare diseases, some provide grants for people with a disability and their carers to attend conferences by supporting travel costs, accommodation and/or conference fees.
The Smile Foundation
SMILE (Supporting Medical Innovation for Life Enhancement) Foundation is a groundbreaking charity at the forefront of Australian philanthropy. Compassionate and creative, SMILE has been established by like-minded business people to generate a perpetual fund to support outstanding Australian medical research into rare childhood diseases and provide financial assistance to affected children and their families.
The website has a list of all the rare diseases in Australia. Due to their very rarity, vital research into these diseases often has difficulty gaining funding from government, industry and community sources. SMILE is helping to fill this funding gap. SMILE is ensuring it has a real impact and makes a lasting difference to the lives of kids with rare diseases by:
· providing grants to outstanding Australian medical research which has difficulty gaining funding through the usual sources
· helping families by providing an information and support network as well as financial assistance for treatment, equipment and care
· building our corpus of funds to ensure the Foundation can continue its important work for generations to come
· investing a proportion of our corpus in biotech companies whose research furthers SMILE’s overall vision. All returns will be re-invested in SMILE.
The Ian Potter Foundation
The Ian Potter Foundation supports initiatives of excellence and innovation across Australia and has grants relevant to BEECHAC Inc for medical research, community wellbeing, education, health, science, conferences and travel. The applications need to be in collaboration with a research institute or a university. Funding can be submitted for projects of less than $20,000 and/or more than $20,000.
A Guide to Community Grants, Parliamentary Library, Parliament of Australia
The following guide provides:
· Links to selected sources of Commonwealth, State and Territory financial assistance to community groups.
· A selection of links to non-government organisations which provide community grants.
· Links to commercial services providing grant information via subscription.
The guide does not include links to scholarships, fellowships or research grants.
Australian Research Council (ARC)
The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a statutory authority within the Australian Government's Innovation, Industry, Science and Research portfolio. The ARC advises the Government on research matters and manages the National Competitive Grants Program, a significant component of Australia's investment in research and development. The ARC's mission is to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community. In seeking to achieve its mission, the ARC supports the highest-quality fundamental and applied research and research training through national competition across all disciplines, with the exception of clinical medicine and dentistry. In addition, the ARC brokers partnerships between researchers and industry, government, community organisations and the international community.
Newman's Own Foundation
Newman’s Own Foundation is part of the Paul Newman Foundation that provides funding opportunities in a range of areas [, particularly for disadvantaged people and people with disabilities. There are some specific criteria that needs to be met as part of the submissions such as the organisation must have minimal government assistance and also be a charity.
Department of Housing, Families, Community Service and Indigenous Affairs
The National Disability Conference Funding Program offers assistance to conference organisers to improve access for people with disability to attend national and international disability conferences within Australia.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research; for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research.
The Role of Genetics in Bladder Development
Np63 plays an anti-apoptotic role in ventral bladder development; Wei Cheng et al, Development 133,
4783-4792 (2006) doi:10.1242/dev.02621
The following links open PubMed abstracts or full articles
Incidence of hypospadias/epispadias
The estimated prevalence of hypospadias in Hokkaido, Japan (2004)
Prevalence of hypospadias and other genital anomalies among singleton births, 1988-1997, in Scotland (2004)
Bidirectional signaling mediated by ephrin-B2 and EphB2 controls urorectal development (2004)
Home-dilatation of the urethral meatus in boys (2004)
Hypospadias surgery: a 10-year review (2004)
Is prophylactic antimicrobial treatment necessary after hypospadias repair? (2004)
Efficacy of polydimethylsiloxane injection to the bladder neck and leaking diverting stoma for urinary continence (2004).
Classification of prepuce in hypospadias according to morphological abnormalities and their impact on hypospadias repair (2004)
Mutually gratifying heterosexual relationship with micropenis of husband (1988).
Sexual behavior and sexual function of adults after hypospadias surgery: a comparative study (2004)
Psychosocial adaptation of middle childhood boys with hypospadias after genital surgery (2001).
Sexual and social life of men operated in childhood for hypospadias and phimosis. A comparative study (2000).
Psychosexual and psychosocial development of patients with hypospadias (1997).
Psychosexual adjustment of children and adolescents after different types of hypospadias surgery: a norm-related study (1995).
Examination of possible causes
A case-control study on risk factors of hypospadias (2004)
Lack of defects in androgen production in children with hypospadias (2004)
Endocrine disruption and hypospadias (2004)
Evaluation of an association between loratadine and hypospadias--United States, 1997-2001 (2004)<link to full CDC report>
Hypospadias and Endocrine Disruption: Is There a Connection? (2001)
In vitro fertilization is associated with an increased risk of hypospadias (1999)