Centres and Groups
Our School is one of the University of Newcastle's most research-intensive schools, currently being ranked in the top three in terms of external research funding.
Our researchers work on topics as diverse as cancer cell biology; the genetic basis of human diseases; the immunological basis of asthma; the neurobiological basis of affective, addiction, sensory and neurodegenerative disorders; improved treatments for stroke and cardiovascular disease; pharmacoeconomics; pharmacy practice; drug development; the development of anti-inflammatory nutraceuticals; and exercise physiology.
Research in our school is loosely clustered around 4 main areas:
- molecular biology
- pharmacy & pharmacology
- immunology & microbiology
Within these main research clusters we have school specific research groups. We are also linked to the Hunter Medical Research Institute and our school's researchers are key members of various research centres and groups some of which are listed below.
School Research Centres and Groups
The Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases 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).
The Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine (CIBM) is committed to shortening the process of obtaining novel discoveries to achieve distinctively better outcomes in clinical practice and translational individualised medicine.
The Priority Research Centre for Cancer 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science works to improve the health of pregnant women and provides key information on the determinants of 'A Healthy Start to Life'.
The Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research is focused on increasing understanding of brain/mental disorders including schizophrenia, stroke, pain and sensory dysfunction, ageing and cognition, depression, and balance disorders.
The Translational Research in Stroke laboratory is part of the Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH). We have a current strong focus in stroke neuroprotection, imaging and basic pathophysiology. We have active collaborations with several members of our own school, other schools within the University, with the clinical stroke research team based at the John Hunter Hospital.