Health Futures Institute
Understanding health trajectories, from the genome to the biome.
Health Futures Institute
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.
The health precinct developing in and around Murdoch University provides unique research opportunities supporting our activities in health, biomedicine, bioinformatics and other fields including health education, communication and health sector management policy.
Our 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 are growing, as we position ourselves to better integrate our activities within Western Australia, Australia and the Indo-Pacific region.
Our focus on translational research is improving practices in many aspects of healthcare delivery, from the public health implications of water quality management, to prescription protocols to manage drug hypersensitivity.
Through the WA Health Translation Network, Murdoch is providing academic leadership not only in the development of Perth's south metropolitan area and health precinct, but also internationally, through the International Phenome Centre network. This cluster of activities will connect teaching, research and patient care, and generate opportunities for commercialisation and innovation for the benefits of all. It's an exciting time to be in health research at Murdoch.
Our research centres
Australian National Phenome Centre
Metabolic phenotyping provides a snapshot of the metabolic state of an organism and is the product of its genetic and environmental contributions. The Australian National Phenome Centre supports world-class phenotyping research, enabling others to examine the dynamic interaction between genes, environments, microbiomes, diets and lifestyles, and their impact on health and disease.
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Innovative Therapeutics
One size doesn’t fit all. The future of medicine is personalised therapies tailored to individual patient needs, as determined by their unique genetic makeup. The CMMIT is using advances in disease diagnosis, genetic testing, ‘omics technologies and bioinformatics to translate research results from the laboratory bench to the bedside, enabling precision medicine to deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.
Ngangk Yira Aboriginal Health Research Centre
The focus of research for Ngangk Yira is the experience of Aboriginal health, wellbeing and social equity through an individual’s life course from conception, to birth, to infancy and childhood, to youth and adulthood, parenthood, and the transition to older adulthood. Recognising that a strong start in life is fundamental for healthy and resilient children, families and communities, we aim to change the life course of the next generation of Aboriginal youth.
Centre For Healthy Ageing
By 2030, the number of Australians aged over 65 years will surpass children aged under 14 years. The Centre For Healthy Ageing brings together multi-disciplinary researchers to investigate novel ways of maintaining quality of life and promoting healthy ageing in older adults. The Centre focuses on screening, diagnosis, and prevention of age-related conditions to improve health-span and delay ageing, while encouraging higher functionality and resilience.
Centre for Computational and Systems Medicine
The Centre brings scientists and clinicians together in an interdisciplinary environment, building on the academic strengths of individuals in cutting edge analytical chemistry, data science and data visualisation. The Centre harnesses the capacity of the Australian National Phenome Centre to generate high throughput, deep phenotypic profiles of biological samples that define the metabolic status of an individual and which will contribute understanding of disease risk and aetiology.
Genomics Core Research Facility
Murdoch University has the most powerful genomics testing capacity in Western Australia and the largest automation laboratory in health research in Australia, with 15 automation units that can handle thousands of samples at once with a high degree of fidelity. The Genomics Core Research Facility applies this technology to prevent and reduce the impact of disease on people and communities around the world, while advancing medical and scientific knowledge in global healthcare.
Professor Jeremy Nicholson Pro Vice Chancellor (Health Sciences)
An internationally-renowned pioneer in metabolic phenotyping and systems medicine, Professor Nicholson is the Pro Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences at Murdoch University 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 Nicolson comes to WA from Imperial College London where he was the founding director of the MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre.
Professor Elaine Holmes Premier Professional Fellow of Phenomics
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 Una Ryan Professor in Biochemistry
Professor Una Ryan is one of Australia’s leading Parasitologists, with interests in enteric parasites, such as Cryptosporidium and blood born parasites such as Trypanosomes.
Her work has been used as the basis for informing public health policy decisions and as such, she works closely with public bodies across Australia.
Professor Ryan has received many awards and accolades including a Public Health Doctoral Fellowship and the Prime Minister's Prize for Achievement in Life Sciences, and she is currently President of the Australian Society of Parasitology.