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Translational Health Outcomes

Translational health research applies basic scientific findings from laboratory and preclinical studies to enhance human health and wellbeing at the personal and community level—taking experimental findings ‘from bench to bedside’ through new treatments and improved health policy.

Translational health outcomes


High quality preclinical, clinical and epidemiological research is the foundation stone of optimised health care provision that serves to improve the quality of life of patients who are managed in the health system. Effective translational research is crucial to the continued improvement and sustainability of the Australian health system, and requires significant engagement with industry and service sectors within government.

Our researchers are developing new and innovative ways to transfer new knowledge to health service professionals, to: change practice; improve skills; and influence policy and procedures system-wide.

Researchers across the faculty are focused on:

  • undertaking population surveys to develop and test new interventions to improve the mental health of children and adolescents
  • undertaking evidence-based practice development to manage at-risk populations for trauma and mental disorders across the lifespan 
  • elucidating genetic factors that may serve as new targets for therapy, or are predictive of responses to pharmaceutical treatments 
  • performing longitudinal studies of patients undergoing invasive procedures to review and improve standard practice in the health care system
  • developing evidence-based assessments of novel surgical techniques and postoperative care to enhance skills and promote knowledge transfer to health service professionals.

Our research centres and institutes working in this area

Our research groups working in this area

  • A Research Collaboration for the Health of Women and Babies (Professor Caroline Crowther)
  • Adelaide Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care (G-TRAC) Centre (Professor Renuka Visvanathan)
  • Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA) (Associate Professor Tracy Merlin)
  • Allergy and Vaccine Safety (Associate Professor Michael Gold)
  • BetterStart - Child Health and Development Research Group (Professor John Lynch)
  • Breast Biology and Cancer Group (Associate Professor Wendy Ingman)
  • Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies (Professor Alexander McFarlane)
  • Clinical Glaucoma Research (Professor Robert Casson)
  • Clinical Pharmacogenomics (Professor Andrew Somogyi)
  • Community Insights in Public Health Research Group (CIPHER) (Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer)
  • Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories (Professor Wayne Tilley)
  • Diabetes Research Group (Professor Jennifer Couper)
  • Environment and Health Research Group (Professor Peng Bi)
  • Evidence Based Women's Health Care (Professor Ben Mol)
  • Fundamentals of Care (Professor Alison Kitson)
  • Gastrointestinal Function and Appetite Regulation (Professor Christine Feinle-Bisset)
  • Health Economics Research Group (Professor Jon Karnon)
  • Health of Pregnant Mothers and Babies (Professor Jodie Dodd)
  • Health Services Research Group (Professor Gary Wittert)
  • Health Workforce Planning Group (Associate Professor Caroline Laurence)
  • Healthy Ageing (Professor Alison Kitson)
  • Knowledge Translation (Professor Gill Harvey and Professor Alison Kitson)
  • Mucositis Research Group (Professor Dorothy Keefe)
  • Myeloma Research Group (Professor Andrew Zannettino)
  • Neurogenetics Group (Professor Jozef Gecz)
  • Neuroimmunopharmacology Laboratory (Professor Mark Hutchinson)
  • Neurostimulation Research Group (Professor Cherrie Galletly)
  • Obesity and Metabolism Group (Associate Professor Leonie Heilbronn)
  • Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Laboratory (Professor Dino Pisaniello)
  • Ophthalmic Research Laboratory (Professor Robert Casson)
  • Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (Professor Peter-John Wormald)
  • Perioperative Model of Care (Professor Guy Ludbrook)
  • Population Oral Health (Professor Marco Peres)
  • Postprandial Hypotension Group (Professor Karen Jones)
  • Restorative Dentistry (Professor Lindsay Richards)
  • Surgical Science Research Group (Professor Guy Maddern)

Interested in a postgraduate research degree in this area?

We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.

Learn more about studying Honours and Higher Degrees by Research

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