Medicine and Health Sciences
Macquarie’s world-leading research is founded on bringing together the very best researchers and collocating them with our hospital and health precinct. A major achievement was the 2013 establishment of Australia’s largest research centre for understanding the causes of motor neurone disease and frontotemporal dementia.
In Oncology & Carcinogenesis, two major research themes have been developed in the past five years at Macquarie: melanoma, prostate and breast cancers, and the study of lymphoedema, a reasonably common consequence of surgery that can have disabling impacts on patients.
Neurosciences covers major research programs across several topics, including neurophysiology and mapping of neural circuits that regulate blood pressure, heart rate and respiration, and investigating the molecular pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases.
Research activities in Cardiorespiratory Medicine & Haematology include studying the association between vascular changes and disease states, and surgical innovations that improve patient outcomes following cardiothoracic surgery.
Research has been supported through the award of back-to-back National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grants in molecular cancer therapies for melanoma (2011–2015, 2016–2020), with the current $15 million grant administered by Macquarie University.
The Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) Research co-locates Australia’s largest MND clinic with leading Australian researchers in this field. This research program leads one of only six NHMRC Dementia Research Teams grants, valued at nearly $6.5 million.
The Surgical Skills Lab and Simulation Lab works closely with industry and clinicians to provide access to cutting-edge facilities and create training packages in new surgical techniques (eg robotic surgery) and the use of new types of orthopaedic implants (eg patient-specific implants design). This facility, founded in 2010, is the largest training facility in Australia and one of the largest and most respected training facilities in the world.
Treating motor neuron disease
Macquarie Neurology and Macquarie’s Motor Neuron Disease (MND) Service run the largest specialist clinic for patients with MND. The co-location of academic clinical services with Australia’s largest concentration of MND researchers provides patients with bespoke, patient-focused care. This supports a translational research platform that has made important discoveries of genetic origins of familial MND, which has enabled MND pre-implantation in vitro fertilisation (IVF) services to ensure babies are free of MND in Australia. Our genetic discoveries have also been incorporated into standard practice diagnostic genetic testing of MND patients that are used worldwide.
Highly Significant contribution
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E-health and global patient safety
Macquarie consults globally on e-health risks to patient safety, and Macquarie’s confidential reports inform policy changes in Australia, North America and the European Union. Macquarie works with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) in the USA, the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and the Australian Digital Health Agency and Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care.
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University Research Centres
Macquarie University Centre for Implementation
of Hearing Research (I-HeaR)
Director: Prof Cath McMahon
Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron
Director: Prof Ian Blair