Research capabilities

Cancer and Blood Diseases

Cancer and Blood Diseases

Monash is a research leader in cancer and blood diseases.

Our research covers the spectrum of cancer types, with particular strengths in lung, prostate, breast and colorectal cancers. Leading our work on blood diseases is the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, which is at the forefront of understanding the process of blood clotting and blood cancers such as acute leukaemia, multiple myeloma and lymphoma.

Work undertaken by the Faculty takes place across multiple schools, institutes, hospitals and partner organisations.

These include:

  • Hudson Institute – formed as a merger between two of Australia's most trusted names in medical research, Prince Henry's Institute and Monash Institute of Medical Research.
  • Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium – a research partnership between Monash and its affiliated research institutes.
  • Stem Cell Research Group that aims to understand the molecular regulation of normal blood stem cells that are used for bone marrow transplants, and how mutations of our genes can lead to abnormal stem cells
  • Myeloma Research Group (MRG) - a partnership between Monash University and Alfred Health that aims to advance therapeutic options for patients with Multiple Myeloma (MM), one of the most common and still incurable blood cancers. The focus of the group is on the translation of pre-clinical studies of novel drug therapies and mechanisms of drug resistance into the design and implementation of clinical trials in MM.
  • Haematology and Cancer Research Group in Clinical Sciences at Monash Health integrates research with patient care and is connected to some of Australia’s largest haematological and paediatric leukaemia services.

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular diseases are a leading cause of death worldwide.  One Australian dies every 11 minutes due to cardiovascular disease and despite rapid and significant improvements over the last few decades, it remains one of  the biggest burdens on our economy.

Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre (MCRC) is the formally recognised research arm of MonashHEART, one of the premier clinical cardiac services in Australia. The  centre is recognised as being in the top tier internationally in fields including cardiac technology, therapeutic devices and invasive treatment of coronary artery disease; structural and valvular heart disease; establishment of new approaches in the management of cardiac disease; the application of Cardiac CT imaging; and in the investigation of arterial mechanics in the better understanding of cardiovascular pathophysiology.

Critical Care and Trauma

Critical Care, Trauma and Perioperative Medicine

Together with our research partners, the Faculty has a diverse and comprehensive research program in critical care, trauma and perioperative medicine.
This includes:

Stem cells and regenerative medicine

Development, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

Monash researchers in the field of regenerative medicine are unravelling the basic mechanisms of how tissues repair themselves. Understanding this will enable doctors to prevent, halt and reverse damage to vital organs due to disease, injury or genetic conditions.

Research conducted at the Faculty's Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute  (ARMI) and the Department  of Anatomy and Developmental Biology contributes to treatments for conditions such as neurodegenerative disorders, musculo-skeletal and cardiovascular diseases.

Infection, Inflammation and Immunity

Infection, Inflammation and Immunity

Infection remains a significant health problem in Australia, and the emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens is a cause of great concern globally. Inflammation is implicated in many chronic human disorders including vasculitis, glomerulonephritis, arthritis,
atherosclerosis, lung disease and hepatitis.

Monash researchers are committed to deepening our understanding of immune responses and identifying those that are effective and those that cause inflammation and disease.

The Monash Infection and Immunity Group plays a key role in unravelling the primary causes of infection and immune-related illness. Our research is contributing to new therapies for a wide range of illnesses such as systemic lupus erythematosus, fibrotic disease, influenza, clostridial infections, malaria, babesiosis, Chagas disease and tuberculosis.

Researchers in the Centre for Inflammatory Diseases investigate the roles of inflammation and injury in crippling, and sometimes fatal, human diseases, including lung disease and hepatitis. Bridging the gap between basic experimental biology and clinical research, the Centre's researchers hope to develop novel treatments.

Monash Infectious Disease

At Monash Infectious Disease, we are ideally placed to respond to the world’s infectious disease challenges, offering end-to-end solutions for prevention, treatment and control. For more information, click here.

Monash RNA

Monash is home to Australia's largest network of RNA and mRNA researchers. We're building an RNA ecosystem that will lead to the rapid development of life-saving vaccines and therapeutic treatments.  Click here to keep up to date.

Metabolism, Obesity and Mens Health

Metabolism and Obesity

Obesity is a major public health issue with two-thirds of Australian adults now overweight and 42.4 per cent of Australian men aged 65-74 years considered obese.

Excess weight, and obesity are complex health conditions that are influenced by genetic, social, environmental and economic factors and place people at greater risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers.

Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is working to transform every aspect of what we know and how we treat this condition and the linked health risks.  Our leading experts and world-class technology, together with our research excellence is focused on taking our scientific discoveries and converting this into measurable human health benefits.

Click on the links below to learn more about our Metabolism and Obesity research programs:

Metabolism, Diabetes and Obesity is one of the key discovery programs at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute.

The Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) is improving understanding of obesity and evaluating the health benefits of weight loss.

Department of Diabetes is Australia’s only dedicated diabetes research department which also extends into the diabetes complications of kidney disease, heart disease and blindness.

Diabetes Research Unit discovering what makes some people more susceptible to developing conditions like diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthy Ageing Research at the School of Clinical Science conducts clinical, population health and health services research that covers the prevention, and treatment of diabetes, metabolic, cardiovascular and healthy ageing.

Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food is globally-recognised in research and education in the broad area of nutrition.

Department of Gastroenterology is internationally recognised for its high-impact research and clinical expertise across gastroenterology and intestinal health including the invention of the Low FODMAP Diet.

National Centre for Healthy Ageing is the country's premier healthy ageing research centre undertaking translational research in partnership with the healthcare and aged care sectors to deliver new models of care and policy system reform relating to healthy ageing across the lifespan.

Neurosciences and Mental Health


Monash Neuroscience brings together world-class expertise from across Monash, to propel research excellence in neuroscience, enabling us to tackle these complex health challenges, and ultimately save and transform lives.

The School of Psychological Sciences has a comprehensive research  program, and home to a number of research centres and institutes.

The Monash Alfred  Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), one of Australia's largest clinical  research centres in psychiatry, conducts world class research to improve the lives of people suffering from serious mental illnesses.

The Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health is one of Australia’s largest Institutes for brain and mental health thanks to the generosity of the late David Winston Turner.The Institute's mission is to optimise brain and mental health through community-driven, world leading research and innovative solutions.

Our Neuroscience and Neurology Research Group at Monash Health conducts a broad spectrum of research from clinical to laboratory science. Research expertise includes stroke and ageing, movement disorders and epilepsy.

Public Health and Health Systems Improvement

Public Health and Health Systems Improvement

The Faculty's School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine is a leader in the establishment, management and analysis of clinical registries. The importance of registries as a strategy for improving the safety and quality of health care is recognised internationally.

They are increasingly seen as an indispensable tool for measuring access to and appropriateness of care. The School also hosts the Clinical Informatics and Data  Management Unit (CIDMU). It is one of the few medical research establishments in Australia with extensive expertise in the management of large databases.

The Insurance Work and Health Group (IWHG) is focused on improving the health of all workers and the sustainability of systems that insure them.

Womens Childrens and Reproductive Health

Women's, Children's and Reproductive Health

World class, innovative research into health conditions experienced by women is a major strength within the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine's Women's Health Research Program and the Global and Women's Health Unit. Research in women's health encompasses biological, psychological and social perspectives and is undertaken by several multidisciplinary groups. These groups conduct epidemiological surveys, qualitative studies and randomised controlled trials.

The Department of Paediatrics – including the Ritchie Centre the largest perinatal research centre in Australia –  is at the forefront of translational research in paediatrics, from foetal and neonatal health to lung development. It is also home to the Melbourne Children's Sleep Unit.