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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

An education doesn't just make you smarter - it protects your gut. Seriously.

We’ve long known education is important for many aspects of life, but now a new benefit has been discovered: it can look after your gut health.

2022 ECU Media Awards celebrate media savvy researchers

Edith Cowan University’s annual Media Awards celebrate the extraordinary efforts of ECU researchers who dedicate their time and energy to engage with the media to share their findings and enhance the University’s global reputation for world-leading research.

Centre for Precision Health stars on the screen at international conference in LA

ECU's research institute was the headline act at the massive American Society for Human Genetics Annual Meeting, with a film showcasing CPH's ground breaking work shown to thousands of the industry's biggest names.

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