Understanding & preventing disease: our research centres

Our researchers work in partnership with bioscience institutes, health providers, industry and government to make discoveries in fundamental sciences that improve diagnostics, therapeutics and clinical outcomes across a range of diseases.

Our research centres

The Biomedical and Environmental Sensor Technology Research Centre supports research related to sensing and imaging science and technology across a range of disciplines. Chemical sensors and biosensors are integral to understanding and providing information about our health and environment. In doing so, they enable better quality of life through more accurate medical diagnoses, efficient energy use, better industrial processes, safer, more ethical food, and a cleaner environment.

Such technologies play an important role in the currently evolving paradigm of digital health and personalised medicine. Important application areas include next-generation diagnostic devices for health and disease, environmental and agricultural monitoring and control of soil and water and advanced food production and processing.

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The Research Centre for Extracellular Vesicles integrates a diverse group of internationally recognised researchers sharing a major interest in the study of extracellular vesicles. Our team explores extracellular vesicles and their critical role in cell and tissue communication.

Understanding cellular and tissue communication in organisms changes how we view complex biological systems, such as:

  • aging
  • immunity
  • cancer
  • Infection

This Research Centre significantly contributes to the School of Molecular Science objectives and our priority of producing translatable, excellent research, industry connectedness and a transformed student experience.

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The Research Centre for Molecular Cancer Prevention is a research program for the discovery and implementation of molecular cancer prevention strategies. Our objective is to lead innovative research and research training in molecular cancer prevention, by:

  • integrating the expertise and capabilities at La Trobe into new and innovative research programs, enabling molecular targeted cancer prevention therapies that benefit and impact society.
  • providing cross-discipline education, training and career development opportunities in cancer prevention research and related skills.

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The Centre for Materials and Surface Science brings together experts from physics, chemistry, materials science and electronic engineering, and offers world class capabilities in nanocharacterisation focused on the surface science, analysis, imaging and synchrotron domains.

The Centre is dedicated to:

  • promoting co-operative activities and programs in education and research
  • encouraging collaboration between local and international organisations
  • Providing and disseminating information in the areas of the centre.

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Our focus is to understand and control animal disease. Specific research objectives are:

  • To improve the ability to diagnose endemic diseases of livestock
  • To deepen our understanding of the interactions between hosts and pathogens
  • To develop more innovative methods of disease control and incorporate these into integrated disease control programs.

The formation of a centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Disease is an important step in the development of our partnership with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.

Cardiovascular disease and diabetes, collectively known as ‘cardiometabolic disease,’ are responsible for more deaths and morbidity worldwide than any other disease. As such, they are both recognised as National Health Priority areas by the Australian government. There is an urgent need for more research and greater public awareness to address the enormous socioeconomic impact of cardiometabolic disease.

Additional research centres

The following research centres are also committed to conducting important work in this research theme:

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