School of Medicine and Public Health
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.
Priority Research Centres
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.
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.
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.
The Priority Research Centre for Drug Development 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 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.
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.
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.
The Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB) uses intervention and service delivery to promote healthy behaviours and good quality healthcare across communities.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.