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Our Research

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences fosters exciting, diverse and impactful health research. Our researchers conduct cutting edge, transformative research that provides new insights into human biology and delivers real health outcomes to our community. ​​​​

Health-related research has vastly improved the lives of our community and contributed to the greater wellbeing of our society. Innovative technologies and novel scientific discoveries have led to new treatments, new ways of thinking and the development of new health policy.

Across the faculty, we conduct world-class fundamental, biomedical, translational and population health research that is consistently ranked in the top 1% of Universities internationally. Our research activities cover the life course, from conception to ageing and fall under 17 key areas, as described below.

Cancer Biology and Clinical Oncology

Cancer is a general term for more than 100 diseases that are characterised by the abnormal growth of…

Cardiac, Respiratory and Vascular Health

Healthy heart, lungs, arteries and veins are vital to overall good health. Despite being largely…

Fertility and Conception

Conception is the foundation event for each new life, with every child's development, growth trajectory and health over the life course set in motion from…

Pregnancy and Birth

Most prospective mothers anticipate healthy and problem-free pregnancies. However, in reality…

Early Origins of Health

The health trajectory of every child—including their metabolic, cardiovascular, immune and...

Child and Adolescent Health

Research is ongoing to detect, prevent and treat the many chronic physical and mental disorders that...

Neuroscience, Behaviour and Brain Health

The brain and spinal cord comprise the central nervous system of the body. Damage and disease...

Surgical and Health Systems Innovation

Surgical innovation, and indeed all innovation in the health system, significantly enhances the…

Indigenous and Disadvantaged Health

Closing the gap in health equality between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander people and other…

Nutrition and Metabolic Health

The effects of nutrition quality and availability on metabolic processes not only plays a significant...

Oral Health

Oral health is an essential component to a healthy life. Oral health is not only concerned with teeth…

Musculoskeletal Health

Good musculoskeletal health is important at every stage of life, and plays a vital role in keeping us…

Immunology and Infection

Our immune system is at the front line for controlling infection from foreign pathogens, including…

Translational Health Outcomes

Translational health research applies basic scientific findings from laboratory and preclinical studies…

Innovative Therapeutics

Research in innovative therapeutics aims to identify new, economically sustainable therapeutic…

Ageing, Frailty and Mobility

An increasing number of Australians are living for several decades beyond their retirement. As such…

Men's Health

While the gap is narrowing, there remains a long-standing difference between the sexes in relation…

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