Health Futures Institute

Understanding health trajectories, from the genome to the biome

The many interlinked facets of human health, from understanding the genome and its variable expression, to disease surveillance, health data linkage, mental health and navigating life's milestones, intersect at the Health Futures Institute.

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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Our strategy

The Health Futures Institute breaks down traditional silos to deliver revolutionary research that will transform how long and how well people live, not just in Australia, but around the world.

The respective Centres’ strengths in rare and infectious diseases and disease surveillance, drug hypersensitivity, precision medicine, health data linkage, Aboriginal mental health and childhood development and exercise sciences allow us to impact lives throughout Western Australia, Australia and the world.

This cluster of activities connects teaching, research and patient care, and generates opportunities for commercialisation and innovation for the benefit of all.

Transforming how long and how well people live, not just in Australia, but around the world

The Health Futures Institute, located next to one of the most technologically advanced private and publicly-funded hospital precincts in the southern hemisphere, provides a unique research space to deliver this.

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 an ARC Laureate Fellowship.

She will be progressing research on nutrition, 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.

The Health Futures Institute is turning research into real-life impact via our multidisciplinary, tech-focussed research centres


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