Research Training

Professor Graham Mann

Internationally acclaimed researcher in the field of cancer genetics, Professor Mann is leading melanoma research programs at the NHMRC with its research partners. Professor Mann and his team have recently isolated genetic risk factors for melanoma in the population and currently is investigating the molecular determinants of risk, progression and treatment response in melanoma.

Associate Professor Amanda Salis

Associate Professor Salis leads a research team at The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders that aims to help people to attain and maintain an optimum body weight and composition. Her research is looking at phenomenon like the "famine reaction" and metabolism, and their effect on weight loss.

Associate Professor Georgina Long

Associate Professor Long is a clinical researcher, Medical Oncologist (Melanoma Institute Australia) and, is a principle investigator on Phase I, II and III clinical trials in adjuvant and metastatic melanoma. With her colleagues at Westmead, her team has spear-headed the break-through investigation of BRAF inhibitor activity in the brain, leading to significant improvements in patients with the BRAF V600 mutation.

Professor David Celermajer

Professor Celermajer, Scandrett Professor of Cardiology, pioneered the non-invasive diagnostic test called the FMD (flow-mediated dilation) which is used to detect heart disease in children as young as 8. He has continued this research focus, investigating heart disease in young people, and the effect of risk factors such as smoking and obesity.

Professor Jonathan Morris AM

Professor Morris built a perinatal research group that extends from basic science to population health. He is currently Director of the Kolling Institute for Medical Research and Head of the Northern Clinical School. Recently, he has been researching the increasing trend of pre-term births, and the effect on a population wide level of this trend on short and long term health outcomes.

Sydney Medical School is dedicated to improving health through excellence in research, creating new knowledge and fostering innovation. Our postgraduate research programs span a wide spectrum of medicine, from the molecular basis of disease to public health measures and epidemiology. Our reseach is focused on both discovery and translating new discoveries into improved health care.

With over 1600 active reseachers at the Sydney Medical School, prospective students have a very large amount of choice in finding research projects that are close to their interests and career ambitions, and have at their disposal the full range of enabling disciplines across the Sydney Medical School.

Key Facts about our Research
  • Sydney Medical School was the highest funded institution for clinical science research in 2013, with $160 million income for research and fellowships.
  • There are more than 1600 active researchers.
  • Roughly 1100 higher research students were enrolled as of 2013, graduating more than 200 PhD students per year
  • There were more than 3000 publications in 2013
  • Recognised as above world standard in health and medical research by the Excellence in Research for Australia (2012)
Our research strengths

Our research strengths encompass five main health areas, all lead by internationally acclaimed researchers and clinicians.

  • Cancer
    Reducing risk, improving detection, better patient care and increasing survival.
  • Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
    Reducing the impact of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases with medical and lifestyle approaches.
  • Infection and Immunity
    Reducing the global impact of emerging infectious diseases through research, capacity building and expert advice.
  • Neuroscience and Mental Health
    Understanding the brain and nervous system, and converting discovery into treatment.
  • Lifespan
    The whole lifespan from a healthy start to life through to successful ageing.
Research training programs

Sydney Medical School, incorporating the Sydney School of Public Health and the School of Medical Sciences, offers two research degrees for both medical and non-medical graduates

as well as the Master of Surgery (by research) for medical graduates only.

The research masters and doctoral degrees have two purposes. One of to prepare a substantional piece of work representing a significant contribution in a particular field of study; the other is to train candidates in general research methodology and equip them with transferable research skills.

Information on how to apply for a research degree is available on the apply for a research degree page.

Higher Doctoral Degrees

The Doctor of Medical Science (DMedSc) is a higher doctorate. The DMedSc is awarded by published works which, in the opinion of examiners and the Sydney Medical School, have been generally recognised by scholars in the particular field of expertise as a distinguished contribution to knowledge. DMedSc is not a research training degree.
To apply for the DMedSci, download and fill out the following form and return it to Student Services at the Edward Ford Building, A27, Camperdown