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.
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
- Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (Professor David Brennan)
- Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing (Professor Renuka Visvanathan)
- Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health (Professor Michael Horowitz)
- Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories (Professor Wayne Tilley)
- Freemasons Centre for Male Health & Wellbeing (Professor Gary Wittert)
- JBI (Associate Professor Zoe Jordan)
- Robinson Research Institute (Professor Sarah Robertson)
- Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit (Professor Alex Brown)
Our research groups working in this area
- Adelaide Exposure Science and Health (Professor Dino Pisaniello)
- 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 Research Group (Professor Michael Gold)
- Aquaporin Physiology and Drug Discovery (Professor Andrea Yool)
- BetterStart - Child Health and Development Research Group (Professor John Lynch)
- Breast Biology and Cancer Unit (Associate Professor Wendy Ingman)
- Clinical Glaucoma Research and Ophthalmic Research Laboratory (Professor Robert Casson)
- Clinical Pharmacogenomics Group (Professor Andrew Somogyi)
- Diabetes Research Group (Professor Jennifer Couper)
- Environment and Health Research Group (Professor Peng Bi)
- Gastrointestinal Function and Appetite Regulation (Professor Christine Feinle-Bisset)
- Health of Pregnant Mothers and Babies (Professor Jodie Dodd)
- Health Workforce Planning Group (Professor Caroline Laurence)
- Hopwood Centre for Neurobiology (Professor Christopher Proud)
- Knowledge Translation (Professor Gill Harvey)
- Life Course and Intergenerational Health Group (Professor Michael Davies)
- Lifelong Health Research (Professor Jodie Dodd)
- Myeloma Research Laboratory (Professor Andrew Zannettino)
- Neurogenetics Group (Professor Jozef Gecz)
- Neuroimmunopharmacology Laboratory (Professor Mark Hutchinson)
- Northern Area Local Health Network Clinical Research (Professor Mark Boyd)
- Psychosis Research Group (Professor Cherrie Galletly)
- Obesity and Metabolism Group (Associate Professor Leonie Heilbronn)
- Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Group (Professor Peter-John Wormald)
- Perioperative Model of Care (Professor Guy Ludbrook)
- Postprandial Hypotension Group (Professor Karen Jones)
- Surgical Science Research Group (Professor Guy Maddern)
- Translational Neuropathology Laboratory (Associate Professor Renee Turner)
- Translational Vascular Function Research Collaborative (Professor John Beltrame)
- Vaccines and Infectious Disease Unit (Professor Helen Marshall)
For additional leads in this area of research, please contact Translational Health Outcomes researchers.
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We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to students from 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.