Research Strengths

Biomedical Science

Our researchers are at the forefront of new applications of molecular science, discovering significant advances in health care.

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La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science
La Trobe University

Creating the foundation for an economically significant biotechnology research and development hub in Melbourne.

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Comparative Genomics Centre
Murdoch University, James Cook University

Enhancing understanding of the processes involved in cancer, birth defects, immune compromised sates and auto immune disease through the application of genetics and genomics.

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Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research
Flinders University

Investigating novel drug and cell-based therapies for human diseases in a range of areas including cancer, infection and immunity and stem cell biology.

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Eskitis and Glycomics Institutes for Drug Discovery
Griffith University

Bringing together 70 researchers and practitioners to facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to the development of solutions for cancer prevention and control.

Health Science

We are national leaders in a number of health research fields including immunology, microbiology, infectious diseases – tropical, rural and remote.

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Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Murdoch University

Integrating genetics, mathematics, computing, and clinical and laboratory research to undertake ground breaking research into hepatitis, HIV, drug hypersensitivity and drug toxicity.

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CRC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Charles Darwin University, Flinders University, La Trobe University

Bringing together Aboriginal organisations, research institutions and government agencies to deliver health related programs to Aboriginal communities.

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Centre for Remote Health
Charles Darwin University, Flinders University

Improving health outcomes for people in remote communities through health services research, planning and development.

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Queensland Tropical Health Alliance
Griffith University, James Cook University

Bringing together the State’s leading tropical researchers to address relevant health issues, ranging from fighting diseases such as dengue fever to improving responses to tropical cyclones.

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Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
James Cook University

Undertaking multidisciplinary research on human and animal health in the tropics.

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Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
La Trobe University

Advancing knowledge and applied skills in sexual health research and education locally, nationally and internationally, with a focus on human rights.

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Centre for Research Excellence in Nursing
Griffith University

Developing strategies to influence nursing practices and policy, and further develop nursing research expertise in Australia.

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Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity
Flinders University

Conducting policy and practice relevant research on the social and economic determinants of health and health equity.

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Griffith Institute for Health and Medical Research
Griffith University

Providing a critical mass of research expertise focussed on issues that are vital in developing sustainable health systems for the future.

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Menzies School of Health Research
Charles Darwin University

Playing a national leadership role in Indigenous and tropical health research.

Social Inclusion

Our members have developed research expertise in a diverse range of issues central to building a socially inclusive society.

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CRC for Remote Economic Participation
Charles Darwin University, Flinders University

A collaborative research platform working with communities, businesses and people in remote regions of Australia to systemically investigate and provide practical responses to the complex issues that drive economic participation.

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The Asia Research Centre
Murdoch University

One of Australia’s leading concentrations of expertise on South East Asia and Japanese studies. Highlights include an AusAID funded project on the political economy of aid effectiveness; studies of populist Islam in Indonesia, the Middle East and North Africa; and research into the politics of representation in South East Asia.

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Griffith Institute for Social and Behavioural Research
Griffith University

Bringing together 180 researchers to focus on contemporary global challenges to society and community wellbeing and develop interventions that promote positive change.

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Institute for Social Participation
La Trobe University

Integrating research strengths in ageing, hearing and sight impairment; intellectual disability and human rights to enhance social participation for those at risk of exclusion.

Indigenous Knowledges

Our members have developed research expertise in a diverse range of issues central to building a socially inclusive society, including contemporary issues that affect Indigenous people.

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The Cairns Institute
James Cook University

Providing leadership and cross disciplinary research on issues and themes of direct relevance to human populations in the tropics, globally, including Australian Indigenous studies.

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Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-being
Flinders University

Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health, social, spiritual and emotional well-being through centres in Alice Springs and Adelaide funded via the generosity of Australian health philanthropist Mr Greg Poche AO.

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Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Educaiton and Research
Flinders University

Undertaking innovative research aimed at challenging common myths about Indigenous communities and enabling social transformation of Indigenous inequality.

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Indigenous Knowledge and Education
Charles Darwin University

Closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and making a significant contribution to the development of the intellectual and social capital of Indigenous Australians.

Environmental Science

Our member universities are home to many leading researchers in the vitally important fields of the environment, climate change, water and energy.

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National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Griffith University, James Cook University, Murdoch University

Leading the national research effort in generating information for managing the risks of climate change impacts.

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National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training
Flinders University, James Cook University, La Trobe University

Pioneering new hydrogeological research methods to investigate pressing questions relating to groundwater systems.

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National Environmental Research Program (NERP)
Charles Darwin University, Griffith University, James Cook University

Provides science and knowledge needed for the sustainable use and management of Australia’s unique ecosystems. IRU members are key partners in three hubs – Tropical Ecosystems [James Cook], North Australia [Charles Darwin, Griffith, James Cook] and Marine [James Cook].

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eWater Cooperative Research Centre
Griffith University, La Trobe University

Building the next generation of tools to support the Australian and international water management industry.

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The Australian National Centre of Excellence in Desalination
Flinders University, Murdoch University

Building national capacity and capabilities in energy efficient desalination technology with a dual focus on breakthrough fundamental and applied research.

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University

Undertaking world-best integrated research for sustainable use and management of coral reefs. More info about this project here.

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Australian Water Recycling Centre for Excellence and Smart Water Research Centre
Griffith University

Developing solutions to secure water supply through industry research projects across the water recycling spectrum. The Smart Water Research Centre builds, shares and applies new knowledge to improve water cycle management.

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Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre
La Trobe University

Protecting and enhancing the Murray-Darling Basin, the Centre is one of Australia’s leading sources of scientific advice on freshwater ecological systems.

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North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas Energy
Charles Darwin University

A hub located at Charles Darwin University for training and education programs together with research capabilities targeted at the specific needs of oil and gas operations and developments in the region.

Agriculture and Veterinary Science

Our members have a number of research strengths in Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. In particular – crop, pasture production, veterinary sciences, animal production and fisheries sciences at Murdoch, James Cook and La Trobe.

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Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries
James Cook University

Aquatic food security, a major challenge facing communities around the world especially in the tropics. The Centre undertakes research on biology, ecology, nutrition, genetics, physiology, disease and the social and economic sustainability of aquatic food production.

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The Centre for Rhizobium Studies (CRS)
Murdoch University

Currently involved in selecting and breeding new perennial legumes that are adapted to acidic and infertile soils, as well as developing appropriate rhizobia for them. The CRS has a very strong molecular group that assists in understanding the response of rhizobia to stress, which is very relevant to our agriculture. CRS also facilitates educational workshops for National and International students, such as the Crawford Fund sponsored Master Classes in modern rhizobium technologies.

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State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC)
Murdoch University

Focussing on molecular activities that involve or promote primary production of commercial livestock, crop plants or microbes, or their subsequent processing for added value. The SABC also supports research in biomedical sciences, and the most comprehensive set of equipment and facilities for biotechnology R&D in WA, with full facilities for: cell and molecular biology, robotics, high throughput agricultural genetic analyses and diagnostics, structural, comparative and functional genomics, microarray technologies, proteomics and mass spectroscopy and bioinformatics support.

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Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory (SSML)
Murdoch University

Western Australia’s premier hub for research, infrastructure and training in Separation Science and Metabolomics, drawing on decades of experience in analytical mass spectrometry and preparative techniques to deliver timely and cost effective solutions for researchers and industry. The laboratories form a Key Western Australian Node of Metabolomics Australia, a peak national resource funded by Bioplatforms Australia to support life sciences research through infrastructure investments in metabolomics. A key application is metabolome ‘fingerprinting’, analysis which can be used to study the biochemical pathways involved in disease pathology and progression, allowing for the measurement of a broad range of metabolites from variety of different cellular pathways. The Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory are now applying metabolomics technologies to the study of a range of diseases including Hemochromatosis, Poly-cystic Kidney Disease, Neglected Diseases, HIV/Aids and Swine Dysentery.

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Centre for AgriBioscience
La Trobe University

Enhancing capacity for preparedness, rapid detection, response and management of plant and animal pest and disease outbreaks through a public/private partnership with the Victorian State Government.

A major partner of IRU member Charles Darwin University (CDU), the Menzies School of Health Research is Australia’s leading medical research institute dedicated to improving Indigenous health and wellbeing, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses. The Menzies Institute, through research projects and programs, community partnerships and pioneering global and tropical health work in the Asia-Pacific, generates significant benefits to the Northern Territory economy.

Menzies addresses critical issues such as mental health, nutrition, substance abuse, child health and development, as well as chronic diseases such as cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Forefront global research into life-threatening illnesses in the Asia-Pacific, such as malaria, melioidosis and tuberculosis and a commitment to the reduction of health inequities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, particularly for disadvantaged populations, is integral to Menzies.

Menzies’ headquarters are in Darwin, with offices in Alice Springs, Brisbane, Melbourne, Timika (Indonesia) and Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia). Our primary international partners are Indonesia and Malaysia. We also work in Timor Leste, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

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Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University

Established in 1985 as a body corporate of the Northern Territory Government under the Menzies Act 1985. This Act was amended in 2004 to formalise the relationship with Charles Darwin University (CDU). Menzies is now a major partner of CDU and constitutes a school within the University’s Institute of Advanced Studies.

The Menzies Institute, in partnership with CDU, receives substantial funding through competitive research grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Menzies maintains a continued commitment to reducing health inequalities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, with particular attention to health and well-being of disadvantaged populations.

Find out more about Menzies School of Health Research.

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Murray-Darling Freshwater Research, La Trobe University

La Trobe University’s Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre conducts sustainability and resource management focused research. The Centre, through both long-term strategic research and short-term tactical research, contributes to the management of the Murray-Darling Basin, and reflects the commitment to sustainable development and research transfer, core values shared by the IRU member universities.

Find out more about The Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre.

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Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard, Griffith University

IRU member Griffith University, with The Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT), is a leading contributor in tourism research globally. The United Nations (UN) has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Griffith’s commitment to research areas such as inclusive and sustainable growth, social inclusiveness and resource efficiency in the tourism sector demonstrates their significance in this field. The innovative Global Tourism Sustainable Dashboard, in partnership with key industry players, will provide a mechanism through which tourism performance will be measured across selected indicators, providing data that will further Griffith University’s research and expertise in this field.

Find out more The Griffith Institute for Tourism.

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phone+03 9479 5312

emailmichelle.obrien@iru.edu.au

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Engage Collaborative Innovate

Case studies from IRU and industry engagement, powering innovation, driving social, scientific, cultural and economic progress

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Disaster Resilience

Preparing, responding and adapting. An IRU network area of research strength addressing one of the major challenges of our times

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Protecting Australia’s Endangered Landscapes

IRU ecologists rank Australia’s 10 most endangered landscapes

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