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Research Areas

UC-HRI encourages and supports interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches in addressing 'real world' issues and future 'grand challenges' that require collaboration from researchers. Four broad research themes have been outlined for UC-HRI as it commences work, with the expectation that these themes will be shaped and developed over the first 12 months of operation.

The foundation research focuses are:

Health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan

Research which focuses on physical and mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan and the complex interaction of health determinants. Understanding the contribution and interaction of determinants, such as biological, environmental, social, economic, psychological and cultural factors, which shape health across the life course is a key goal of UC-HRI. Developing strategies and interventions to improve and promote good health for all.
Research includes epidemiological and intervention approaches to test findings and theories in the 'real world.'

Biomedical discovery for disease prevention and treatment

Drawing on the University of Canberra's strengths in understanding cellular, genetic epigenetic and molecular mechanisms, this research focuses on biomedical approaches to understanding inter-relationships between life experiences, exposure to pathogens and disease progression.
UC-HRI builds on the work currently underway in studying and understanding underlying conditions including cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Cells from the brain of a mouse assist in biomedical research

Mouse brain cells immunostained to visualise proteins of the innate immune response against virus infections.

Photo – Dr Michael Frese.

Healthcare systems and health services research

UC-HRI addresses the issues of building a more cost-effective and sustainable health service system through research which draws on expertise in health and healthcare services, design, IT, health policy and management.
Developing and future-proofing 'next-generation' healthcare delivery approaches towards delivering premier quality care and better patient outcomes, while improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Research in this area will meet the growing societal demands for a transformed, patient-centric healthcare system, with optimised operations, efficacy, safety, quality, equity and sustainability.

Technology for improved health and well-being

Research focused on developing data-driven, computational analysis and modelling techniques and related communication systems to improve people's health and wellbeing. Researchers will undertake fundamental and applied research into the nature, creation and use of technology with the aim of empowering patients and clinicians to take well-informed and responsible actions.
Using existing expertise within the University of Canberra in sensors and data acquisition, data analysis, modelling, prediction and classification and working with research partners in health and aged care to provide new insights into disease development, diagnosis and cure.

Experts in data acquisition and analysis
Experts in data acquisition and analysis model 'real world' public health problems.