Institutes, centres and groups

As one of Australia's top 10 research universities, the University of Newcastle continues to be recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in medical and health science research. As a faculty, we are involved with many research centres across the University and have a number of specific groups which belong to our Schools.

Hunter Medical Research InstituteHunter Medical Research Institute

The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) supports the Hunter's internationally recognised health and medical research, education and training.  HMRI is a multidisciplinary partnership between the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District and the community.  Established in 1998, HMRI facilitates collaborations between researchers translating scientific advances into better clinical care, competitive commercial products and improved health care guidelines.

Centre of  Excellence in Severe AsthmaCentre of Excellence in Severe Asthma

The NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma brings together researchers and clinicians from across Australia. Together, we are developing innovative approaches to understand why severe asthma occurs, improve disease diagnosis and management and inform the use of new therapies. The Centre will generate new knowledge about severe asthma, tools and programmes for disease management, test strategies that combine multidisciplinary teams with personalised diagnosis, inform uptake and access of new targeted therapies and translate these initiatives into practice.

Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) for Venom and Antivenom Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) for Venom and Antivenom (website coming soon)

The Centre of Research Excellence in Translational Venom and Antivenom Research is a collaboration of five Australian universities and two Sri Lankan universities and brings together experts in the fields of venom and antivenom research.  The Centre will focus on snake envenoming and the effectiveness and safety of antivenom.  Central to improving the treatment of snake bite is the early identification of envenoming as there is increasing evidence that early administration of antivenom is the key to good outcomes.  Key to achieving this aim is the development of a cheap, quick bedside test for envenoming and this will be one of the main objectives of the Centre.

School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Healthy LungsHealthy Lungs

The Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular processes that are associated with the development and progression of respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Cancer Research, Innovation and TranslationCancer Research, Innovation and Translation

The Priority Research Centre for Cancer Research, Innovation and Translation aims to integrate basic science & clinical research bi-directionally, to facilitate rapid development and implementation of our research discoveries, and to stimulate lab research on priority questions generated from the clinic.

Cancer Metastasis ResearchCancer Metastasis Research

The Cancer Metastasis Research Unit is a research-only division of medical biochemistry devoted to research into the biology of cancer metastasis. The Unit provides laboratory training at post-graduate and post-doctoral level.

Chlamydia Research Chlamydia Research

The Chlamydia Research Group (CRG) is a major research group in the Discipline of Immunology and Microbiology. The group is funded by research grants from the NHMRC, the ARC, the HRC (NZ) and has substantial industry funding and is also part of the HMRI VIVA research group.

Clinical Nutrition Research CentreClinical Nutrition Research Centre

Professor Peter Howe from the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy is Director of the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC).  It offers Australia's foremost expertise in the design and conduct of human intervention trials to evaluate cardiovascular, metabolic, anti-inflammatory and mental health benefits of functional nutrients, foods and nutraceuticals.

Nutraceuticals Research Nutraceuticals Research

The area of Nutraceuticals has long been the focus of the research group headed by Professor Manohar Garg. Nutraceuticals, dietary supplements and functional foods have been the research focus of the many successful research higher degree students and postdoctoral fellows. This group brings together a number of academic staff members and their research personnel from the Faculty of Health and Medicine, Faculty of Science & IT and Faculty of Education & Arts under one umbrella.

Reproductive ScienceReproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science creates new knowledge in how successful reproduction occurs in humans and animals.  Key areas include Aboriginal health and the male and female factors that lead to birth of a healthy baby.  Through close collaboration with industry, the Centre develops diagnostics and therapeutics in these areas.

Brain and Mental Health ResearchBrain and Mental Health Research

The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR) is focused on increasing our understanding of the brain and mind across the lifespan, in the absence and presence of disease. The Centre hosts three platforms for research: Preclinical Neurobiology, Psychological Processes and Mental and Physical Health.

School of Health Sciences

Adult Lifestyle Incentives for Vitality and EnergyAdult Lifestyle Incentives for Vitality and Energy

ALIVE is a cross-disciplinary collaboration among our University community that supports health professionals to assist their clients with weight management through lifestyle changes. The group is affiliated with the PRC for Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) and The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).

Australian Centre for Evidence Based Nutrition and DieteticsAustralian Centre for Evidence Based Nutrition and Dietetics

ACEBaND participates in the University of Newcastle evidence-based synthesis group; which is an affiliated centre of the University of Western Sydney in collaboration with the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI).  It is the only centre with an exclusive focus on nutrition internationally.

Brain and Mental Health ResearchBrain and Mental Health Research

The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR) is focused on increasing our understanding of the brain and mind across the lifespan, in the absence and presence of disease. The Centre hosts three platforms for research: Preclinical Neurobiology, Psychological Processes and Mental and Physical Health.

Family Action Centre (FAC)Family Action Centre (FAC)

The Family Action Centre (FAC) is a research, teaching and practice centre focused on families and their communities. The Centre has a 30 year track record of innovative, dynamic and enduring work that aims to strengthen family and community wellbeing. The assets and diverse resources of families and communities underpin vibrant, cohesive and resilient societies. The FAC is committed to addressing the factors that affect the health, wellbeing, social and educational paths of families, particularly for those challenged by increasingly complex vulnerabilities.

The Fathers and Families Research Program (F&FRP) is a unique Australian research team exploring paternal functions, roles and relationships. The research program is part of the Family Action Centre. The Fathers and Families Research Program links practice, education and research to strengthen families, improve professional practice and increase the capability of communities to work with family systems.

Generational Health and AgeingGenerational Health and Ageing

The Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing investigates health and wellbeing across the life course and over successive generations including social determinants, and the use and effectiveness of health and other services.

Newcastle University Evidence-Based Nutrition and DieteticsNewcastle University Evidence-Based Nutrition and Dietetics

NUEBaND is a collaboration that is designed to build the capacity and hence research capacity of the academic and conjoint staff of the University of Newcastle.  In Nutrition and Dietetics this is done through collaboration amongst our University community and outreach to the professional practising community, unifying and moving forward.

Physical Activity and NutritionPhysical Activity and Nutrition

The Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition investigates physical activity and nutrition for population health, with particular emphasis on education and health promotion strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.

Reproductive ScienceReproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science creates new knowledge in how successful reproduction occurs in humans and animals.  Key areas include Aboriginal health and the male and female factors that lead to birth of a healthy baby.  Through close collaboration with industry, the Centre develops diagnostics and therapeutics in these areas.

School of Medicine and Public Health

Brain and Mental Health ResearchBrain and Mental Health Research

The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR) is focused on increasing our understanding of the brain and mind across the lifespan, in the absence and presence of disease. The Centre hosts three platforms for research: Preclinical Neurobiology, Psychological Processes and Mental and Physical Health.

Cancer Research, Innovation and TranslationCancer Research, Innovation and Translation

The Priority Research Centre for Cancer Research, Innovation and Translation aims to integrate basic science & clinical research bi-directionally, to facilitate rapid development and implementation of our research discoveries, and to stimulate lab research on priority questions generated from the clinic.

Cardiovascular HealthCardiovascular Health - Website coming soon

The Priority Clinical Centre for Cardiovascular Health aims to utilise a comprehensive approach to investigate the underlying mechanisms of various cardiovascular diseases. Research within the centre will span basic science, clinical and translational studies to identify therapeutic targets and enhance clinical outcomes for cardiovascular health across the Hunter region.

Chemical Biology and Clinical PharmacologyChemical Biology and Clinical Pharmacology

The Priority Research Centre for Chemical Biology and Clinical Pharmacology seeks to unravel the causes of disease by identifying crucial biological targets and pioneering the rapid development of novel drugs for the fight against disease.

The Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) provides national and international education programs in public health for health professionals and the promotion and delivery of trans-disciplinary research into health and health care.

Clinical Radiation ResearchClinical Radiation Research

In Radiation Oncology, one patient's care is managed by many: radiation oncologists (doctors), medical physics specialists, radiation therapists and nurses. Administration staff manage the complex task of fitting in so many people to receive their treatment and follow-up, and Clinical Trials Coordinators make sure that when study participants agree to take part in a trial, they know what to expect.

Clinical Pharmacology and ToxicologyClinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

The Discipline of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology is a multidisciplinary group of medicines experts spanning the scientific, clinical and social science aspects of medicines development, clinical trials regulation, pricing, clinical use of medicines and pharmaceutical policy.

Clinical ToxicologyClinical Toxicology

The Clinical Toxicology Research Group focuses on improving understanding of poisoning and envenoming in patients and undertaking studies to determine the effectiveness of antidotes and antivenoms in treatment of these conditions.

Digestive Health and NeurogastroenterologyDigestive Health and Neurogastroenterology

The Priority Research Centre for Digestive Health and Neurogastroenterology brings together multi-disciplinary team which aims to effectively diagnose and treat common functional gut disorders (dyspepsia and IBS), neuromuscular diseases of the gut and eosinophil-driven chronic inflammatory gastrointestinal conditions through technologically advanced research which has identified novel pathophysiological mechanisms.

Generational Health and AgeingGenerational Health and Ageing

The Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing investigates health and wellbeing across the life course and over successive generations including social determinants, and the use and effectiveness of health and other services.

Grow Up WellGrow Up Well

The Priority Research Centre GrowUpWell® focuses on improving child health through discovery and translational research that generates measurable health impacts of significance to our community.

Health BehaviourHealth Behaviour

The Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB) uses intervention and service delivery to promote healthy behaviours and good quality healthcare across communities.

Healthy LungsHealthy Lungs

The Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular processes that are associated with the development and progression of respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and DevelopmentPrimary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development

PHCRED (Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development) is a national strategy funded federally by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing aimed at encouraging and supporting research and evaluation capacity building in primary health care (including General Practice).

Reproductive ScienceReproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science creates new knowledge in how successful reproduction occurs in humans and animals.  Key areas include Aboriginal health and the male and female factors that lead to birth of a healthy baby.  Through close collaboration with industry, the Centre develops diagnostics and therapeutics in these areas.

Resources Health and SafetyResources Health and Safety

The Centre for Resources Health and Safety draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of University researchers spanning disciplines including workplace health and safety, psychology, psychiatry, respiratory studies and environmental impacts, to meet sector demand in this area and facilitate industry and government collaborations for the benefit of communities in resource intensive regions.

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) aims to improve the provision of mental health services through the identification of and response to the needs of rural and remote communities. In particular, this includes the development of appropriate service models for rural mental health care, providing professional development opportunities for clinical staff and offering education and training.

Stroke and Brain InjuryStroke and Brain Injury

The Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury includes researchers spanning multiple disciplines and faculties, and a strong partnership with the health service to integrate research culture directly into clinical application. The Centre’s focus is on research translation to improve outcomes for patients with stroke and brain injury, locally, nationally and internationally.

Youth Outreach for DiabetesYouth Outreach for Diabetes

Young people with type 1 diabetes are transferred from comprehensive outreach paediatric services to adult services at around 18 years of age. Many rural adult services have few resources to specifically support them, and the culture is more focused on compliance and long term complications. Young people are expected to have competent self management skills, which is often not the case as there are limited transition programs within Hunter New England Health. This issue is important as they are life longer users of the health care system.

School of Nursing and Midwifery

The School of Nursing and Midwifery specialises in a number of research areas and have an extensive list of researchers. Find a researcher.

School Research Groups

Health Professional Education

Convenor: Professor Tracy Levett-Jones

The Centre for Health Professional Education is committed to engaging in a systematic and rigorous program of research that will examine the effectiveness of curricula interventions as well as the impact of health professional education on patient outcomes.

Visit our website: Centre for Health Professional Education

Older Person's Care Research Group

Convenor: Professor Isabel Higgins

The COPC team collaborate on research and scholarly activity relating to the provision of optimal care for older people in a range of settings.  

We respond to issues and concerns in pursuit of Person Centred Care for older people. We seek to understand the experience of older adults and their families or significant others in a range of contexts in which they deal with and manage their health concerns. Under-pinning our research collaborations is the need to build research capacity and evidence within a multidisciplinary framework and give nursing input and direction to policy and practice. 

Mental Health Research Group

Convenor: Professor Michael Hazelton

The focus of the Mental Health Research Group is on the development and evaluation of nursing led psychosocial intervention strategies and techniques for therapeutic engagement with and for the users of mental health services. Researchers within the group have particular interests in areas such as the development of effective interventions for high vulnerability populations such as persons with borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia and immigrants and asylum seekers with mental health problems; the improvement of communication between mental health practitioners and practitioners and service users; the development of strategies for reducing stigma and safeguarding the human rights of persons with mental illness; and approaches to improving the mental health literacy of students and practitioners in the fields of nursing and midwifery.

Members of the Mental Health Research Group are affiliated with the Translational Mental Health in Communities and Services research sub-group of the Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Newcastle, the Mental Health Nursing Research and Practice Development Unit with Hunter New England Mental Health and the BRICS group within the Hunter Medical Research Institute

Health Services Research Group

Convenor: Associate Professor Ashley Kable

The Health Service Research Group is focused on conducting research in the clinical context that addresses clinical problems and measures the delivery of health services and associated outcomes and impact on patients and their carers.

Other Research Groups

University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Group: a JBI Evidence Synthesis Group

The JBI Evidence Synthesis Group: University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Group is affiliated with the NSW Centre for Evidence Based Health Care, University of Western Sydney and the Joanna Briggs Institute, an International collaboration of nursing and allied health systematic review centres.

The University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Group has members from the School of Nursing & Midwifery, School of Medicine and Public Health and the School of Health Sciences.
These Schools in the Faculty of Health and Medicine are committed to growth in research outputs and impact. Much of this research is multi-disciplinary and is highly relevant to clinical practice and professional contemporary health service delivery in a range of settings and communities.

Visit our website: http://joannabriggs.org/jbc.aspx


Youth Outreach for DiabetesYouth Outreach for Diabetes

Young people with type 1 diabetes are transferred from comprehensive outreach paediatric services to adult services at around 18 years of age. Many rural adult services have few resources to specifically support them, and the culture is more focused on compliance and long term complications. Young people are expected to have competent self management skills, which is often not the case as there are limited transition programs within Hunter New England Health. This issue is important as they are life longer users of the health care system.