Institute for Respiratory Health

Improving the lives of people with a respiratory condition

One in four Australians are living with a chronic respiratory condition, which affects the airways through symptoms such as shortness of breath, tightness of the chest, wheezing and coughing.

The causes and cures of respiratory diseases represent a major research focus within the School of Biomedical Sciences and at the Institute for Respiratory Health.

Our reputation is built upon publications within highly respected scientific journals, developing health policy initiatives and successful peer-reviewed grants. We offer a variety of research opportunities in a range of respiratory health research areas, and are devoted to providing the necessary academic background needed for students interested in biomedical science careers.


We provide several majors which assist students working in respiratory health research, with research groups led by a specialised respiratory health academic.

We also support research training and education in the major respiratory diseases, such as asthma, pleural diseases, lung cancer, mesothelioma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, idiopathic fibrosis, epidemiology and microbiology.


Students interested in undertaking a higher degree by research studies are encouraged to read the following projects and contact the appropriate research group for further information.

Contact the Institute for Respiratory Health