The University of Newcastle applies engineering, science, medical and research skills to solve a broad range of problems in collaboration with its industry and local area health partners. Its research areas of focus include:
Priority Research Centre for Drug Development
The Priority Research Centre for Drug Development is committed to providing innovative therapeutics for the treatment of human disease by bringing together research teams of international excellence from chemistry, biology and medicine. The Centre focuses on unravelling the causes of disease, identifying crucial biological targets and pioneers the rapid development of novel drugs for the fight against disease.
The Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition
The Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition investigates physical activity and nutrition for population health. The Centre targets “at risk” populations, multiple levels (individual, social, organisational, population) and within various settings (schools, clinics, workplaces, communities). The primary aim of the Centre is to achieve high quality research, training, and knowledge translation in the development and testing of efficacious/effective, theory-driven, multi-level, population-based physical activity and nutrition-related interventions and natural experiments.
The Priority Research Centre for Cancer Research
The Priority Research Centre for Cancer Research, Innovation and Translation integrates basic science & clinical research bi-directionally, to facilitate rapid development and implementation of its research discoveries, and to stimulate lab research on priority questions generated from the clinic. The PRC CaRIT offers an integrated program of basic science and clinical trials, linked with histo- and molecular-pathology to research diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic strategies precisely tailored to individual requirements.
The Priority Research Centre for 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). These are the two major chronic respiratory diseases in Australia, with the incidence of asthma among the highest in the world, and COPD a major cause of death. The Centre acts as a national training centre for clinician scientists, postdoctoral fellows, PhD scholars and undergraduates in respiratory medicine.
The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research
The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR) is focused on increasing its 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 Health. The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR) is a cross-disciplinary group of leading researchers from diverse fields that bridge brain science with the study of social elements of health and illness. Together, neurobiologists, psychologists, and mental health researchers use the most advanced techniques to explore brain-behaviour nexus.
The Priority Research Centre for 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. The Centre for Reproductive Science targets the future health of all Australians providing key information on the determinants of a healthy start to life.
The Centre for Resources Health and Safety
The Centre for Resources Health and Safety provides leadership in the growth of interdisciplinary activities in resources, health and safety. The CRHS recognises expertise across a range of disciplines including workplace health and safety, respiratory studies, psychology, psychiatry, and environmental/social science to benefit industry and community health and safety. A program provides leadership in the growth of interdisciplinary activities in resources health and safety, recognising expertise across a range of disciplines including workplace health and safety, respiratory studies, psychology, psychiatry, and environmental/social science to benefit industry and community health and safety.
The Centre for Advanced Training Systems
The Centre for Advanced Training Systems (ATS), creates training platforms that empower trainees, trainers and their host-organisations. It has worked with major partners in Defence, Health and Education to design, deliver and deploy digital training systems. ATS specialises in developing scalable training interventions that incorporate the inner world (attention, memory and emotions) of trainees into the training process.
The Priority Clinical Centre for Cardiovascular Health
The Priority Clinical Centre for Cardiovascular Health research spans basic science, clinical and translational studies to identify therapeutic targets and enhance clinical outcomes for cardiovascular health across the Hunter region. The PCC CVH has state of the art research facilities at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, at the University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus, and within the Hunter New England Health service at the John Hunter and Calvary Mater Hospitals.
The Clinical Nutrition Research Centre
The Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC) is a unique multi-institutional collaboration in preventive health research. It seeks to capitalise on the collective strengths of University of Newcastle, University of South Australia, University of Southern Queensland and Swinburne University of Technology to generate evidence to optimise physical and mental fitness and counteract chronic non-communicable diseases. It comprises leading Australian expertise in the design and conduct of human intervention trials to evaluate cardiovascular, metabolic, anti-inflammatory and mental health benefits of specific diet modifications and physical activity programs.
The Priority Research Centre for 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.
The Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Research group
The Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Research group focuses on research into the use of both ionising and non-ionising radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This group brings together academic staff and researchers from the discipline of Medical Radiation Science. Our researchers have expertise in medical physics, radiation therapy and medical imaging techniques; including radiography, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, MRI, mammography, PET imaging, and DEXA bone and body composition analysis.
The Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma
The Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma brings together researchers from across Australia. It is developing innovative approaches to understand why severe asthma occurs, developing tools and programmes to improve disease management and improving access to new therapies. In Australia, 10% of the population have asthma, and a subset have severe asthma.