Medicine at Austin Health

The University of Melbourne has a very close working relationship with Austin Health to enhance patient care, teaching, research and research translation. We have research laboratories located at two major hospitals in the north-east of Melbourne: the Austin Hospital and the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in Heidelberg. Research at Austin spans diverse areas of biomedical research covering cancer, cardiovascular disease, endocrinology, genetics, neurosciences and pharmacology.

Cardiovascular and Tumourivascular Laboratory

Research in our laboratory has discovered an important role for calcitonin receptor (CTR) in the adaptive response of cells to stress that precedes the onset of apoptosis.

Academic site: Medicine @ Austin Health

Group Leaders: Dr Peter J Wookey and Professor David Hare

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Diabetes and Obesity

Our research focuses on type 1 and type 2 diabetes, diabetes complications and obesity. We have access to a large cohort of patients and undertake observational as well as randomised clinical studies in patients with type 1, type 2 diabetes and obesity. We are part of the Endocrinology Research Group, headed by Professor Jeffrey Zajac.

Academic site: Medicine @ Austin Health

Group Leaders: Dr Elif Ekinci and Professor Joe Proietto

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Endocrinology Research

The Endocrinology Research Group links biomedical research with translation into clinical care; spanning biomedical science, clinical studies and quality improvement projects.

Academic site: Medicine @ Austin Health

Group Leader: Professor Jeffrey Zajac

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Epilepsy Research Centre

Located at the Melbourne Centre in Heidelberg, the Epilepsy Research Centre is a large cohesive research group within the Department of Medicine at the Austin Health campus. Clinical and molecular genetic studies are conducted by studying individuals and families with a history of seizures using cutting edge research methods and technologies.

Academic site: Medicine @ Austin Health

Group Leaders: Professor Sam Berkovic and Professor Ingrid Scheffer

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Hepatology and Gastroenterology Research Group

Our group conducts translational research investigating the pathophysiology of liver fibrosis/cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer using a number of animal models of liver disease.

Academic site: Medicine @ Austin Health

Group Leader: Dr Chandana Herath

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Integrative Neurophysiology

The Integrative Neurophysiology laboratory has focussed on central cardiovascular control mechanisms from the early 1990s. Since 2004 we have shifted our focus to central autonomic control of pancreatic and adrenal secretion in response to iatrogenic (insulin-induced) hypoglycaemia.

Academic site: Medicine @ Austin Health

Group Leader: Associate Professor Tony Verberne

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Metastasis Research Group

Our research is looking at mechanisms of prostate cancer progression and of treatment resistance, using molecular biology, structural biology and bioinformatics approaches in biomarker discovery as a means of identifying new diagnostic and drug targets.

Academic site: Medicine @ Austin Health

Group Leader: Professor Albert G Frauman

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Molecular Endocrinology and Musculoskeletal Research Group

Our team is using unique and cutting-edge genetically modified mouse models to study the biological mechanisms underlying osteoporosis, muscle wasting and obesity, which are all disorders of hormonal action. We are part of the Endocrinology Research Group, headed by Professor Jeffrey Zajac.

Academic site: Medicine @ Austin Health

Group Leader: Associate Professor Rachel Davey

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Reproductive Steroids Research Group

Major themes of our research focus on the roles of reproductive hormones in health and disease. We are part of the Endocrinology Research Group, headed by Professor Jeffrey Zajac.

Academic site: Medicine @ Austin Health

Group Leader: Professor Mathis Grossmann

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The Collaborative AuTism Study (CATS)

The Collaborative AuTism Study (CATS) consits of a multidisciplinary team that is working on gene discovery for various medical disorders, with expertise in clinical, molecular, bionformatics, and basic science domains.

Academic site: Medicine @ Austin Health

Group Leaders: Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO

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Translational Neurogenetics Laboratory

The focus of this group is to understand the basic neurobiology of human epilepsy, speech disorders and deafness, and translate this knowledge into improved treatment of patients.

Academic site: Medicine @ Austin Health

Group Leader: Dr Michael Hildebrand

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