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Research activity

Our areas of research strength are in the neurosciences with a focus on Alzheimer’s and  Huntington’s diseases, genetics and cancer with a focus on melanoma, and health systems with a focus on workforce development.

Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease Research and Care


The Centre is a collaborative research group that is unique in that it brings together leading researchers in different disciplines, from prominent clinical researchers to leading exercise physiologists and brain imaging experts. The Centre’s mission is the lower the burden of Alzheimer’s disease on the community and to enhance the quality of life for those affected by this disease.

Systems and Intervention Research Centre for Health (SIRCH)


SIRCH combines intervention-orientated research and evaluation and systems improvement in workforce development and education and training. The Centre aims to achieve positive change through engagement with the community and industry on initiatives that prepare service providers to apply theory to practice within health care settings that directly improve the health consumers’ and carers’ experiences.

ECU Melanoma Research Group


Worldwide, the incidence of melanoma is growing faster than that of any other cancer. The ECU Melanoma Research Group’s primary focus is to develop a simple blood test to detect circulating metastatic melanoma cells.

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