Understanding & preventing disease

Research underpins our knowledge of disease. Understanding history, sociology, ethics, biology, chemistry and physics is critical to the management and prevention of disease.

La Trobe 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.

Goal:

Application of discoveries in the fundamental sciences and developments in technology to understand and prevent disease – especially at the intersection of cancer, immunity, cardiovascular and infectious disease research​.

Our priorities are to:

Prevent disease spread

Our researchers prevent disease in humans, animals and plants by focusing on discoveries with potential to lead to new drugs and therapies.

Improve diagnosis and treatment

Our researchers improve treatment outcomes by investigating disease progression and developing new medical diagnostics and disease monitoring solutions.

Understand disease progression

Our researchers mitigate inequity and inform best practice by tracking the history of disease management, international policy and ethical implications.

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Supporting paediatric cancer patients

Supporting paediatric cancer patients

New technologies for pain management in paediatric cancer patients.

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The miracle of milk

The miracle of milk

Can ingesting cow milk-derived vesicles improve cancer treatment outcomes?

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Pollen exposure impacts lung function

Pollen exposure impacts lung function

Exposure to grass pollen in early life is associated with significant reduction in lung function.

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How can we fight viruses?

How can we fight viruses?

Understanding virus responses will help develop anti-viral therapeutics.

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Boosting rural health

Boosting rural health

How can we boost equity and access in rural health.

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Trust in medicine in India

Trust in medicine in India

A trust deficit in medicines is increasing engagement with traditional medicines.

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Discover our Research Centres

The Academic and Research Collaborative in Health (ARCH) is a major, multi-site partnership that links La Trobe with eight major health and social care providers, consumers and the research community. The ARCH promotes close ties between research, workforce training, clinical education, clinical practice, policy development and consumer engagement. Together with our partners we ensure high quality, evidence-based healthcare for Australians, co-produced research, innovative education to build workforce capability and pathways to train our future research leaders.

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