UON: Building partnerships in health and medical research

Since 1998, the community, the University and the Hunter New England Local Health District have worked together to secure funds to build the iconic Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) facility to support first-rate health and medical research. Opened in 2012, the $90 million building will provide up to 450 researchers and professional support staff with state-of-the-art facilities to support the translation of excellent research findings into better health outcomes for the community.

Through one HMRI project, University and Hunter New England Local Health District researchers are working with colleagues from Harbin Medical University in Northern China on breakthroughs in stroke treatment, which are being adopted across Australia. The collaboration has provided Harbin Medical University access to world-leading technology and research translation into clinical practice; while Newcastle's researchers have broadened their population scope for stroke research from approximately 875,000 in the Hunter New England region to 20 million in the northern Chinese province.

It is the capacity of this multidisciplinary international team together with an environment that fosters excellence that is leading to evidence-based advances in health care in our regions and across the world.