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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