Areas of research

Research activity in the Lifespan Research Network is broadly grouped within four sub-theme areas:

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Reproduction

Our research focuses on male and female fertility, the normal development of the embryo and foetus, and the hormonal changes of adolescence, as well as related issues such as the impact of alcohol and smoking on foetal development, and the causes and consequences of reproductive behaviour.

Reproductive research is undertaken in the following University facilities, research centres and affiliated health services and institutes:

  • Anzac Research Institute (ARI)/ Concord Hospital
  • Bosch Institute/ School of Medical Sciences
  • Kids Research Institute (KRI)/ Children’s Hospital Westmead
  • Kolling Institute of Medical Research/ Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital/ Central Clinical School

Maternal Health, Neonatology and Midwifery

Research investigating the immunobiology, surveillance, prevention and treatment of viral infections in pregnancy and transmission to the newborn, is another substantial field of work. Research into the causes and prevention of maternal, perinatal and infant death, have led to improved maternity services in remote and urban Australia, as well as internationally.

Maternal, Neonatology and Midwifery research is undertaken in the following University facilities, research centres and affiliated health services and institutes:

  • Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
  • The George Institute for Global Health/ School of Rural Health
  • Kids Research Institute (KRI)/ Children’s Hospital Westmead
  • Kolling Institute of Medical Research/ Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Nepean Hospital
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital/ Central Clinical School
  • School of Public Health/ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
  • Westmead Millennium Institute/ Westmead Hospital

Child and Adolescent Health

The sum of individual knowledge relating to the effects of foetal and childhood life on adult and community health, is significant. Armed with this knowledge, our researchers now have the best opportunity in history to have a profound effect on global health. Their focused approach in these areas will open the door to better health and wellbeing for those in developed and developing countries.

Child and adolescent health research is undertaken in the following University facilities, research centres and affiliated health services and institutes:

  • Children’s Medical Research Institute
  • Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
  • The George Institute for Global Health/ School of Rural Health
  • Kids Research Institute (KRI)/ Children’s Hospital Westmead
  • Kolling Institute of Medical Research/ Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Nepean Hospital
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital/ Central Clinical School
  • School of Public Health/ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
  • Westmead Millennium Institute/ Westmead Hospital

Healthy Ageing

The complexity of chronic diseases and diseases of ageing means solutions to these challenges will be found at the intersection of public policy and clinical care, and involve balancing public policy initiatives with health research. The breadth of these health issues invites novel collaborations and a broad range of skills.

Sydney Medical School brings together a group of researchers whose work ranges from theoretical public health to all areas of human health, health care and translational medicine to create a fruitful collaboration to tackle these complex questions.