Research that secures the future: Health
As global populations increase and age, and the climate changes, a holistic focus on the interface between human, animal and environmental health is needed.
The Institute focuses on clearly defined health-related research areas and pursues those in partnership with local healthcare providers, community groups and international collaborators.
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Excellence in research: Our people
Professor Jeremy Nicholson
Pro Vice Chancellor, Health Futures Institute
Centre Director, Australian National Phenome Centre
An internationally-renowned pioneer in metabolic phenotyping and systems medicine, Professor Nicholson is Pro Vice Chancellor of the Health Futures Institute and a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher who has authored more than 700 peer-reviewed papers on molecular aspects of body systems medicine.
A Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Science, Professor Nicholson comes to WA from Imperial College London where he was the founding director of the MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre.
Professor Rhonda Marriott
Centre Director, Ngangk Yira Research Centre for Aboriginal Health and Social Equity
Born in Derby, WA, Rhonda is a descendent of Kimberley Nyikina Aboriginal people and has devoted her adult life to nursing and midwifery in both clinical and academic roles.
Much of Ngangk Yira's ethos is based on her experience over five decades, and almost three decades as an academic. In 2003, she became the inaugural Head of our School of Nursing.
In addition to leading Ngangk Yira research projects, Rhonda is a chief investigator for several NHMRC projects.
Professor Elaine Holmes
Premier Professional Fellow of Phenomics
Centre Director, Centre for Computational and Systems Medicine
A distinguished computational biologist and Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher, Professor Holmes has been appointed the 2018 WA Premier’s Fellow in Phenomics.
She will be progressing research on maternal and infant health, liver and gastrointestinal disease and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, and dementia.
She is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, and was Head of the Division of Computational and Systems Medicine at Imperial College London.
Professor Steve Wilton
Centre Director, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Innovative Therapeutics
Professor Steve Wilton is a world-renowned researcher who together with Professor Sue Fletcher has made global breakthroughs in the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
Professor Wilton’s research focuses on an increasing array of diseases, including spinal muscular atrophy, Pompe’s disease, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis. Over 50 different diseases are currently being studied. Steve Wilton is Director of both the Perron Institute – Western Australia’s oldest medical research institute – and the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Innovative Therapeutics.
Associate Professor Hamid Sohrabi
Centre Director, Centre for Healthy Ageing
Dr Sohrabi has spent the last 15 years of his career investigating healthy ageing. As a psychologist and a clinical neuroscientist, he has extensive expertise in coordinating large multi-disciplinary teams and leading roles in national and international studies.
Dr Sohrabi’s current research is focused on preclinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and preventive interventions to promote healthy ageing in older adults.