Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women with 1 in 8 women being affected. Although about 100 times more common in women, men can also develop breast cancer. (Source – National Breast Cancer Foundation)
Hunter researchers are interested in understanding how breast cancer develops, and identifying reliable biomarkers and genetic risks to reduce the number of women and men who die from the disease each year.
Understanding how melanoma functions and why melanoma cells in particular are resistant to normal mechanisms of cell death, known as apoptosis, is an important research aspect for Hunter Researchers in the HMRI Cancer Research Program.
Australia has one of the highest incidence rates of melanoma in the world. In fact, the risk of being diagnosed with melanoma by age 85 is 1 in 14 for men and 1 in 24 for women. (Source - Cancer Council Australia)
As well as researching the physiology of the heart itself, researchers in the HMRI cardiovascular group have a strong focus on how the heart and cardiovascular system responds to physical activity and how healthy interventions can help to prevent cardiovascular disease development.
Around 62 per cent of Australians adults do not meet the recommended physical activity guidelines (Source - Better Health Channel) whilst only 5.5% of Australian adults had an adequate usual daily intake of fruit and vegetables (Source - Heart Foundation).
The HMRI Research Programs facilitate collaborations between all levels of research to translate scientific advances and new health knowledge into better clinical care, products and improved health care guidelines. As a result, Hunter researchers deliver health and medical research and technology closely aligned to community health needs.
The HMRI Research Programs receive infrastructure funding from the NSW Office for Medical Research through the Medical Research Support Program, and the NSW Ministry of Health through both the NSW Population Health and Health Services Research Support (PHHSRS) Program, and the Capacity Building Infrastructure Grant Program. This funding supports essential research infrastructure including research salaries, equipment, technology and research support services.
Randomised controlled trials evaluating psychological interventions for mental health problems, substance use problems and comorbid (co-existing condition) problems.
My main interest is in the improvement in outcomes for men with prostate cancer. This boils down to earlier diagnosis, more effective treatment, better supportive care and reduction in treatment related side effects.
Heart disease is the leading single cause of death in Australia and was the underlying cause of death in 43,946 Australian deaths in 2012 (Source - Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).
One person, one family, one community at a time, the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) fights the illnesses affecting lives throughout the world. Our translational research model aligns over 1500 researchers, students and support staff from Hunter New England Health and the University of Newcastle, inspiring new discoveries to deliver a healthier future.