Research A to Z

Research A to Z

The Aboriginal Communities and Families Health Research Alliance (ACRA) brings together researchers, Aboriginal community members, policymakers and service providers to facilitate community-driven, culturally respectful research to benefit Aboriginal families and communities.

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The Adolescent Health and Wellbeing program works in partnership with young people to understand their priorities and needs and the best ways to address these. This includes informing evidence-based policies and co-designing accessible and responsive health services. The program has established extensive partnerships with young people, policy makers and implementation partners in Australia and globally, ensuring research is translated into action.

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The recently established Artificial Intelligence program is a synergistic collaboration between the leaders in biomedical research at SAHMRI and the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML).

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The focus of the Blood Cancer Program is research in the areas of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, acute myeloid leukaemia, chronic myeloid leukaemia, myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms.

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The Cardiometabolic Disease program investigates the burden, causes, consequences and mitigation of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and mental illness to help improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities.

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The Childhood Disability Prevention Program is a multidisciplinary team of scientists, clinicians and students with a range of complementary yet diverse skills. They research the causes and mechanisms of childhood onset disabilities and avenues for better management, treatment and ultimately prevention of these. The team is particularly interested in learning disabilities, epilepsies, autisms and cerebral palsies which combined affect around 10% of children.

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The Child Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC) is committed to improving the health outcomes of women and their children in Australia and worldwide through nutritional interventions, with particular interest in reducing prematurity and the associated health consequences, supporting optimal growth and reducing allergic disease in early childhood.

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The Computational and Systems Biology program is developing advanced computational and experimental systems biology approaches to generate, interrogate and model complex biomedical and molecular data to enhance our understanding of how complex systems such as the immune system, cancer, or the nervous system are dysregulated in disease.

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The Freemasons Centre for Male Health & Wellbeing (FCMHW) brings together researchers, stakeholder organisations and consumers from across South Australia and the Northern Territory via its NT and SA Divisions based at The Menzies School of Health, and SAHMRI, respectively.

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The Gene Editing program uses state-of-the-art molecular genetic technology to understand the pathology of and develop new therapies for relatively common genetic diseases such as childhood epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and blindness. The technology is called ‘Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats’, or CRISPR for short. It acts like ‘genetic scissors’, able to cut DNA strands in specific locations to remove harmful genetic instructions or add beneficial ones.

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The Health Policy Centre at SAHMRI works in partnership with the University of Adelaide School of Public Health to conduct a range of research activities to inform public health policy and interventions. The centre’s core work involves behavioural and policy research to inform public health interventions.

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The Health Systems Research platform performs detailed research translation in primary care, community care and hospital settings to improve Aboriginal health outcomes.

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The Heart and Vascular Health research program is advancing the ability to prevent, detect and treat cardiovascular disease with a committed focus on translating research findings into improved health outcomes for all Australians.

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Research in the Hopwood Centre for Neurobiology is focused on identifying the causes of major neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, stroke, epilepsy, depression, spinal cord injury, and chronic pain.

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The Implementation Science program applies strategies and methods to enhance understanding of how to take action on the social determinants of health and other critical health issues of importance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equity. The complex weave of social determinants, such as access to health care, housing, employment and financial security, are themselves an impediment to change.

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The Mental Health and Wellbeing research program conducts research across the whole mental health spectrum including depression, anxiety, resilience (coping with stress) and mental wellbeing.

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The Microbiome and Host Health program is focused on better understanding the influences of the microbiome on human health and disease across a wide range of research areas.

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The Nutrition, Diabetes and Gut Health program investigates the physiological mechanisms involved in the development of obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndromes as well as gastrointestinal disorders.

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The Population Health platform aims to understand the needs and priorities of groups that not enough is known about including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, men and older people. This will inform health and social systems change.

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The Pregnancy and Perinatal Care team is developing and implementing strategies to improve outcomes for pregnant women, young babies and families with an emphasis on addressing inequity.

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SAHMRI greatly values registries as a source of translational and observational research. Well-designed registries, particularly at the population level, form the ‘third pillar’ of scientific research in conjunction with clinical trials and laboratory work. SAHMRI believes population-based studies founded on registries can represent the most reliable option for identifying the actual effects of treatments and outcomes in the general population.

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The Sexual Health and Wellbeing Research Program aims to address disparity existing between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians across sexual health, blood borne viruses and alcohol and illicit drug use, with a focus on research engaging strength-based approaches and existing agency within communities.

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The Solid Tumour Program is a relatively recent entity within SAHMRI’s Precision Medicine theme. The institute’s former Cancer Program has evolved into two specialty programs focused on solid tumours and blood cancers.

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