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Health Research

UniSA is taking a holistic approach to solve society’s greatest health challenges

Led by Professor Ian Olver, the Sansom Institute for Health Research is UniSA’s premier health and biomedical research concentration. Sansom researchers, together with academics and researchers across all UniSA disciplines, are making great strides in preventing illness, improving health systems and services, creating more effective therapies, and advancing health equality.

UniSA has experts in a long list of health research fields, including:

The new Health Innovation Building, scheduled to open in 2018, will be an integral part of UniSA’s collaborative and holistic approach to health research. Situated in the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct on North Terrace, the Health Innovation Building will create a vibrant hub for new health research, teaching and community engagement opportunities.

We’re tackling our greatest health challenges by changing minds as well as molecules

UniSA’s health research extends beyond the microscope. By identifying ways to change unhealthy behaviours at the community level our research is helping to inform public health policy.

UniSA is developing new guidelines on which common medicines are safe to interact, and addressing the quarter of hospitalisations of older Australians caused by poor medication-related primary care before admission.

Biostatistics research led by Professor Adrian Esterman is finding patterns of disease occurrence and the evidence to support new treatments, controls and disease prevention strategies. Projects he is currently supervising could lead to new guidelines for vascular insertions (e.g. PICC lines) used to treat patients in acute care, more accurate liver measurements prior to surgery, new incentives to prevent women from drinking alcohol during pregnancy, new guidelines for supportive care needs for families with children who have a rare disease, as well as new screening tools for cancer-causing conditions such as Barrett’s Oesophagus.

Our researchers work together to think beyond their discipline

Our studies cross many disciplines to address a broad health agenda.

Lead researcher Professor Nico Voelcker and his team are currently undertaking a number of projects at the University of South Australia’s (UniSA) Mawson Institute, where nanotechnologists are partnering with microbiologists on a range of innovative advancements.

This work is leading to a whole range of innovations including smart bandages that can detect and treat infection; targeted delivery of anti-cancer drugs straight into tumours; or new cell therapies which can restore tissue function, fight disease, or implant pancreatic islet cells in diabetes sufferers to allow them to better regulate their glucose levels.

We’re translating our research into real health outcomes

UniSA’s Community Clinics offers a myriad of opportunities for researchers to much sooner trial new treatments on the patients who need it most.

From research trials improving stroke rehabilitation to projects improving access to midwifery services, to projects run in collaboration with elite sport partners on 3D gait analysis and human movement, UniSA’s research findings are having a direct impact on the health and physical wellbeing of our community while also providing the community with an affordable means of accessing clinic services.


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This way you can ensure that your money is put to work immediately to find the results and the solutions we all need.

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