IHMRI Research Program
In 2014 IHMRI announced a new, three-year Research Strategy as part of a broad-ranging strategic planning and governance review. The strategy recognises existing research strengths and groupings within the University of Wollongong (UOW) and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) and research areas for potential development. It also aligns IHMRI-affiliated researchers with IHMRI’s research priorities and provides targeted strategies and actions to advance the institute’s research program in line with national policy and local needs.
The new research program (currently being implemented) is now organised around three broad-based themes which span the translational research continuum encompassing basic science through to clinical, population and public health research:
- Diagnostics and Therapeutics
- Mental Health and the Ageing Brain
- Chronic Conditions and Lifestyle
The program brings nationally and internationally-recognised experts, including those directly involved in clinical service delivery, from a wide range of disciplines and fields together to collaborate on cross disciplinary studies.
The strategy also recognises a number of clusters where a critical mass of expertise (or emerging expertise) provides a focus around particular research priorities. These clusters exist both within and across themes.
One such cluster is the Illawarra Health Insights program, which brings researchers from across the themes together to gather data on the current and long-term health of the local community. The aim is to understand the health behaviours of local residents so that more effective population-based approaches can be taken to managing chronic diseases.
Some IHMRI Seminars are recorded in our lecture theatre and published via the UOW's eduStream channel.
Select the seminar that interests you here. Recent recordings:
- "Innovative use of technology in nutrition and dietary practice".
- "Effectively changing health services to better respond to personality disorders".
- "Cannabis, the brain, cognition and psychosis: the good, the bad and the unknown".