School of Human Sciences
Anatomy and human biology
Anatomy research investigates the structure, systems and functions of the body. Human biology is a closely related discipline exploring what it means to be human in an integrative wayRead more
Exercise and health
Exercise and health research investigates how physical activity can prevent chronic disease and promote longer, healthier lives.Read more
Neuroscience (Human Sciences)
Neuroscience in the School of Human Sciences studies neuronal function and circuitry within the human nervous systems.Read more
Physiology examines how the body's cells, tissues and organs interact with each other and the surrounding environment to produce beneficial effects on function.Read more
Our environmental values dropped during COVID but nature helped
New UWA research found while our environmental values decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact was lessened if we had a connection with nature.Read more
Study finds believing you can do something to improve is linked to higher wellbeing
The number of people struggling with poor mental health and mental disorders has been rising around the world over the past few decades.Read more
Dorothy Hewett Award for Unpublished Manuscript announces 2022 shortlist
UWA Publishing has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.Read more
Centres and groups
- Cardiovascular Research Group
Our laboratory is an international leader in the development and optimisation of peripheral and cerebral vascular function assessment in humans.
As well as focusing on the function and structure of large arteries (i.e. macrovasculature), we have developed techniques to assess microvascular function and structure in vivo.Find out more
- Centre for Neonatal Research and Education
The Centre for Neonatal Research and Education (CNRE) aims to prevent death and disability associated with diseases in newborns by increasing knowledge and understanding of clinical, biochemical and physiological processes of health and disease in newborn babies.
It co-ordinates the academic activities of the medical, nursing and allied health staff working in the Neonatal Clinical Care Unit based at King Edward and Perth Children’s hospitals.
- Centre for Sleep Science
Research conducted at the Centre for Sleep Science at The University of Western Australia aims to identify the causes of, and investigate therapies for, poor sleep.
The Centre for Sleep Science has five bedrooms with state-of-the-art sleep recording and analysis equipment for laboratory-based research sleep studies. The Centre for Sleep Science is the base for a number of postgraduate sleep training courses offered through the University.
- International Research Collaborative - Oral Health and Equity (IRCOHE.net)
The IRCOHE.net develops innovative solutions in health education, research and service to address the global challenges in social inequities.
The IRCOHE.net focus is to provide world-class R&D, facilitate improved health in societies across the world, and address the needs of marginalised communities. Its team of 150 Fellows, Students and Collaborators work through ten international regional hubs to advance the joint agenda of equity for all.
Key issues it addresses include health policy and strategy; accessibility; workforce: skills mix, education and distribution; and research oriented to health care needs and prevention.
- Psychology of Active, Healthy Living Group (PAHL)
The UWA Psychology of Active, Healthy Living (PAHL) Group was formed in 2013 by Dr Ben Jackson and Dr James Dimmock. Ben and James now act as co-Directors of the PAHL group, working with collaborators from all over the world and coordinating over a dozen graduate students based at UWA.
The guiding principle of the PAHL group is to develop rigorous, innovative, and fundable projects that make a difference to people’s lives.
The three main objectives of the group are to:
- Conduct basic (e.g., experimental) work that advances our understanding of health and physical activity
- Develop and implement sustainable and effective health promotion interventions
- Translate our research by ensuring the group’s work reaches and involves the community
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SymbioticA is an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning, critique and hands-on engagement with the life sciences. SymbioticA is the first research laboratory of its kind, enabling artists and researchers to engage in wet biology practices in a biological science department.
It offers a new means of artistic and cultural inquiry, where artists use the tools and technologies of science, not just to comment about them, but to explore their possibilities. It also hosts residents, workshops, exhibitions and symposia.
- UWA Exercise and Performance Centre
The UWA Exercise and Performance Centre (EPC) is an integrated centre offering exercise and health services using evidence-based, progressive and client centre approaches. Our aim is to promote the restoration of function or optimisation of performance in clients ranging from the general public through to elite or developing athletes and industry.
- UWA Paediatric Living Lab
Drawing on clinical experience and edidence-based practice, UWA's paediatric lab provides tailored, not-for-profit exercise programs to the wider community to encourage and assist WA kids and teens with physical activity and participation.
Programs include Mini Gym, UniGym, Thriving, UniActive and iFIT.
The School of Human Sciences is home to a range of facilities which support world-class research and teaching activities.
Body Donation Program
You can donate your body for medical research through body donation, a program run by the School of Human Sciences at UWA. Your donation allows medical students to study real human bodies, a vital educational step in the process to becoming a professional doctor or other health professional.
Dr Nat Benjanuvatra
Dr Nat Benjanuvatra is a researcher and lecturer in UWA’s School of Human Sciences working with elite athletes and coaches to optimise performance.Read more about Nat Benjanuvatra
Dr Yu Suk Choi
Dr Yu Suk Choi is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Human Sciences, investigating ways to fight disease by manipulating stem cell growth.Read more about Yu Suk Choi
Dr Louise Naylor
Dr Louise Naylor is a senior lecturer and researcher in exercise physiology whose research investigates exercise as medicine to treat disease.Read more about Louise Naylor
Dr Bonnie Furzer
Dr Bonnie Furzer is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, lecturer and researcher within the School of Human Sciences (Exercise and Sport Science) at the University of Western Australia.Read more about Bonnie Furzer
Dr Jay Ebert
Dr Jay Ebert is a Lecturer and Researcher within the School of Human Sciences (Exercise and Sport Science) at the University of Western Australia. Since completing his PhD in cartilage repair, biomechanics and exercise rehabilitation at UWA in 2008, he has developed a passion for musculoskeletal and orthopaedic research.Read more about Jay Ebert
Professor Jane Pillow
Professor Jane Pillow is a clinical scientist and neonatologist whose work focuses on improving outcomes for premature infants.Read more about Jane Pillow
Professor Shane Maloney
Professor Shane Maloney's research focuses on the thermal physiology of humans and animals.Read more about Shane Maloney