Our research and its impact
What we’re working on
La Trobe’s ‘What we’re working on’ campaign highlights the world-class research we’re conducting to understand and solve real-world challenges.
Each month until October, we’ll explore four La Trobe research breakthroughs, offering revealing interviews with researchers, videos, behind-the-scenes photos and other supporting material.
Here’s a snapshot of this month’s features: authentic and engaging stories about La Trobe research and its impact on people and communities.
Helping those with autism thrive
Children with autism spectrum disorders are typically diagnosed late, however, the earlier a child starts that process, the sooner they can start treatment and reach their full potential. La Trobe researchers are at the forefront of early autism detection, using innovative technologies and methodologies.
Saving the nation’s knees
La Trobe researchers have found that among people under 20 who’ve had ACL knee reconstruction surgery, one in three will suffer a second injury within five years. That can have a devastating psychological effect on young people, who naturally expect to be active for much longer.
When most people think of bacteria, they think of dirt and disease. But not the researchers in La Trobe’s microbiology department. Their research shows there’s much more to bacteria than grime.
Learn how La Trobe research challenges negative feelings towards bacteria.
Water is a precious resource, but with climate change posing a real threat to supplies, we need to find better ways to manage it. La Trobe researchers are preparing for the future by learning from the past: examining the water infrastructure that sustained 19th-century Victorian goldfields.
Watch this space for next month’s featured research breakthroughs.
Research Focus Areas
La Trobe University is committed to solutions to global problems and improvement in the welfare of human societies. We are focusing on five research areas bringing together top researchers to address issues affecting the future of our national and global community.
Our research focuses on:
- Building healthy communities
- Securing food, water and the environment
- Sport, exercise and rehabilitation
- Transforming human societies
- Understanding disease
The art and science of lasers
Two La Trobe PhD students and molecular imaging researchers are exploring the many uses of lasers in art and science. Find out more about their research.
Research is a key mission and we are committed to using the more than $60 million per annum in direct funding of research and research training to achieve maximum impact in our local, Victorian, national and international communities with which we work. Meet some of our researchers by viewing our 90 second research impact videos.
La Trobe has researchers working in 45 specific disciplines where Excellence in Research for Australia ranked us at or above world standard. Read our research impact statements to see the difference we are making.