Preventing, diagnosing and treating disease
Cutting-edge research saving lives
Poor health and disease is a costly, universal problem. According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated 35.6 million people are currently living with dementia and about 70 per cent of all cancer deaths occur in low to middle income countries.
What UWA is doing about this global issue
We’ve embarked on a number of exciting projects with the potential to improve the health and wellbeing of millions of people. Our research includes:
- 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.
Our research is not only revealing the origins of diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, but finding ways to stop them before they begin.
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21st in the world for Sports-related subjects (QS 2018)
Find a selection of current projects in this research theme here:
Vitamin D deficiency puts kids at risk of autism-like behaviour
Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute have found vitamin D plays an important role in the brain development of children.Read more
Two thirds of children do not do enough physical activity
The largest global study to examine physical activity in children aged between two and five years old has found 66 per cent of children are not getting the nationally recommended three hours of daily physical activity needed for their growth and development.Read more
Biochemistry and molecular genetics
Biochemistry and molecular genetics focusses on understanding the molecular basis of life, and the complex molecular processes of living organisms. It underpins our understanding of biology, leading to advances in agriculture, plant an animal science, human health and medicine.Read more about Biochemistry and molecular genetics
Chemistry is broadly concerned with the synthesis and study of molecules, from the simplest diatomics to polymers and biological machines, and their interactions. It is often said to be the ‘central’ science, with molecules and their interactions being essential to practically every other discipline, from physics to biology, geology to engineering and medicine to materials.Read more about Chemistry
Neuroscience (Biological Sciences)
Neuroscience in the School of Biological Sciences studies neurobiology and neuroecology as well as neural regeneration from spinal trauma in humans.Read more about Neuroscience (Biological Sciences)
Our research investigates different developmental paths for individuals with conditions such as autism or Parkinson’s and how we can encourage individuals to develop and age along their optimal path.Read more about Developmental psychology
Clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology
Our clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology researchers are exploring theories and interventions to improve quality of life by understanding the causes and consequences of brain and mental disorders.Read more about Clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Science is uncovering exactly how it has the power to change our world for the better
As a leading Australian research-intensive university, UWA’s Faculty of Science is at the forefront of discovery.
PhD opportunities in Science
You can research your PhD at UWA and join leading academics and researchers on innovative projects answering the world’s big questions through our PhD opportunities in Science.
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences looks at advancing the health and wellbeing of communities through education and innovation.