Priority Research Centres

Since 2007 UON has recognised its strongest research groups with designation as Priority Research Centres (PRCs). The process of assessment for PRC status is highly competitive and is judged by an external panel of national research leaders.

Complex Dynamic Systems and Control

Complex Dynamic Systems and Control

The Priority Research Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control specialises in design, control and analysis and performance optimisation for complex dynamic systems.

Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications

Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications

The Priority Research Centre for Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) explores the development of techniques and tools for computer-assisted discovery and data-mining including mathematical visualisation.

Drug Development

Drug Development

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.

Geotechnical Science and Engineering

Geotechnical Science and Engineering

The Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering develops new models and innovative computational methods for predicting the behaviour of geomaterials, metals and composites. Advanced computational methods, coupled with laboratory and field testing are key tools in this pursuit.

Teachers & Teaching Priority Research Centre

Teachers & Teaching Priority Research Centre

The Teachers and Teaching Priority Research Centre aims to achieve high quality research, training and knowledge translation in the development and testing of interventions and innovations that will be used and sustained in the practice of teaching and teacher development across a broad range of contexts.

Priority Research Centres Aligned to HMRI

Brain and Mental Health Research

Brain 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 Translation

Cancer 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 Health

Cardiovascular Health

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.

Digestive Health and Neurogastroenterology

Digestive 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 Ageing

Generational 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 Well

Grow 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 Behaviour

Health Behaviour

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

Healthy Lungs

Healthy 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).

Physical Activity and Nutrition

Physical 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 Science

Reproductive 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.

Stroke and Brain Injury

Stroke 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.

Priority Research Centres Aligned to NIER

Advanced Fluids and Interfaces

Advanced Fluids and Interfaces

The Priority Research Centre for Advanced Fluids and Interfaces is focused on the development of innovative market ready solutions for fluids and interfaces.

Advanced Particle Processing and Transport

Advanced Particle Processing and Transport

The Priority Research Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport is concerned with the science and engineering of particulate systems relevant to industries of national significance, such as in the mineral resources area. We seek to develop faster and more efficient separation technologies, and technologies for the manufacture, storage, and transport of particles.

Frontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation

Frontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation

The Priority Research Centre (PRC) for Frontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation conducts cutting edge research on emerging energy technologies, with particular focus on the abatement of greenhouse gases and clean and sustainable energy production.

Organic Electronics

Organic Electronics

The Priority Research Centre for Organic Electronics is focused on the scientific challenges in the development of organic photovoltaics for the next generation of environmentally friendly energy sources, photonics and biosensors.