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Our research

Our researchers have strong cross-disciplinary alliances and collaborate extensively with relevant domestic and international organisations to ensure that our research addresses real-world problems and has direct impact at an individual, community and global level.

The School of Medical and Health Science leads research at Edith Cowan University with over 100 researchers and academic staff working across a wide range of disciplines. Such research is conducted in partnership with, or as a result of funding from, a range of state, national and international organisations including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), Healthway, health service providers and elite sporting organisations (i.e. Australian Institute of Sport, Western Australian Institute of Sport).

Research within the School ranges from laboratory-based biomarker discovery through to clinical and population health and applied exercise and sports science research. A particular focus of the School is to actively engage in collaborative research with relevant medical, health government and sport services providers leading to knowledge translation, application of findings and research with impact.

Strategic Research Institutes and Centres

ECU provides a strong research environment, allowing world-class research to create lasting impact for our communities.

Exercise Medicine Research Institute

The Exercise Medicine Research Institute (EMRI) is a cross-disciplinary alliance of research centres and expertise, with extensive national and international linkages. EMRI has a number of ongoing research projects which have attracted funds from several external organisations.

Nutrition & Health Innovation Research Institute

The Institute is committed to reducing the burden of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases through nutrition research excellence, while supporting the next generation of research leaders in the field. Our research advances evidence for nutritional approaches to improve health across the lifespan and develops innovative technologies for translation and health promotion.

Centre for Precision Health

The Centre for Precision Health aims to implement and promote the ethical application of biological data for the enhancement of health and quality of life. Its deliverables are focused on developing the biological basis for research translation, leading to the implementation of Precision Health in clinical studies (individualised health advice, diagnostics, and treatment strategies) and providing evidenced-based policy development for health recommendations.

School-based research

Research within the School of Medical and Health Science aligns with all four of ECUs research themes with a primary focus on:

Higher Degree by Research

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Masters by Research students in the School of Medical and Health Sciences are part of a community of nearly 200 Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students conducting a broad range of research across multiple disciplines. They form strong partnerships with the community and industry, and gain expertise in their chosen field. HDR students regularly co-author papers, apply for funding opportunities with their supervisors; and play a central role in enhancing the School’s reputation for research excellence.

News & Events

Weights can be weapons in battle against obesity

People struggling with their weight who are unable to do aerobic exercise can hit the gym instead and still see positive results.

How "calming" our spinal cords could provide relief from muscle spasms

Poor sleep, difficulty moving and injuries from hitting something accidentally are just some of the challenges faced by suffers of often-painful involuntary muscle spasms - but an ECU study has revealed two methods can make our spinal cords less “excitable” and could potentially be used as new therapies.

PhD Industry Scholarship Available: Palmerston Residential and Alcohol Treatment Services

Assessing the impacts and effects of aftercare support for people leaving residential alcohol and other drugs treatment services in WA.

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