Prevent, diagnose
and treat disease

Read about our health science research that’s not only revealing the origins of diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, but finding ways to stop them before they begin.

The key issue: Poor health and disease is a costly, universal problem.

Diseases don’t discriminate. Health issues don’t respect borders.

According to the World Health Organisation, in 2012 alone, 8.2 million people worldwide died from cancer. It’s also estimated that 35.6 million people are currently living with dementia.

8,200,000 worldwide died from cancer in 2012

35,600,000 currently living with dementia

These are just some of the big health issues that cost countries billions of dollars – issues that cost sufferers and their loved ones even more dearly.

What is UWA doing about
this global issue

From prevention and diagnosis to treatment and cure, our health and medical research is as diverse as it is dynamic.

The World Health Organisation says that about 70% of all cancer deaths occur
in low and middle income countries.

We’ve embarked on a number of exciting projects with enormous potential to improve the health and wellbeing of millions of people in myriad ways, including:

  • Tailoring the genome to create novel cures for aggressive forms of tumours/cancers.
  • Investigating the early origins of health and disease.
  • Studying brain structure and function to aid functional recovery from neurological conditions, including developmental brain disorders, traumatic injuries and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Improving the respiratory outcomes of preterm infants through the development of novel approaches to mechanical ventilation and postnatal care.
  • Developing a repeatable, non-invasive, safe and painless method of measuring damaging iron deposits in the liver caused by diseases such as thalassemia (iron overload).
  • Commercialising nanoparticle technology for drug delivery applications, enabling the precise delivery of drugs to diseased cells for the treatment of cancer and other diseases through ‘loaded’ nanoparticles.
  • Researching the best combination of exercise and medications in the management of patients with hypercholesterolemia, diabetes and coronary disease.
  • Optimising physical and mental functioning through nutrition.
  • Using our understanding of how the mind works to foster resilience and improve mental health and wellbeing.

More Health projects

Asst. Prof. Cyril (Jon) Donnelly

The underappreciated role of the Gastrocnemius muscle for knee stability in sport

With recent advancements in the fields of musculoskeletal and simulation research, we are now able to calculate individual muscle forces during high velocity, single-leg landing sporting tasks where knee injuries are known to occur.  Results from this simulation research have shown that the relative contribution of the gastrocnemius is significantly…

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Prof. Andrew Page

Understanding and Modifying Risk of Suicide

Death by suicide arises from a thwarted sense of belongingness and the perception of being a burden on others.  When combined, the person thinks about suicide but must acquire the capability. Professor Page has been leading a team at UWA and Perth Clinic to develop a symptom monitoring system to…

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Assoc. Prof. Jane Pillow

Improving Immediate and Longer Term Outcomes of Preterm Infants

The Preclinical Intensive Care Research Unit (PICRU) is an exciting new initiative of The University of Western Australia aiming to provide an exceptional national and international collaborative research facility that will enhance the understanding and treatment of infants born preterm. Innovative research evaluating the long-term outcomes of existing controversial and…

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