The Department of Medicine at the RMH is a large and diverse division of the Melbourne Medical School that undertakes clinically-relevant research and research training across the spectrum of bench-to-bedside, including outcomes and health practice research. The objectives of the Department are to provide clinical and research leadership from the interface of basic science and clinical medicine across the medical disciplines, to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students, to perform high quality research, and to provide leadership in national medical and scientific bodies. The Department is embedded within The Royal Melbourne Hospital and associated Institutes and Centres, including the Melbourne Brain Centre, the Doherty Institute and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, having it ideally placed to translate the outcomes of research into improvements in clinical practice. The Department has students enrolled in Bachelor of Science/Biomedicine (Hons), Master of Science/Biomedicine, Master of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy Doctor of Biomedical Science, and students undertaking the Scholarly Selective component of the new medical curriculum leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. The Department also regularly hosts students for research training on exchange from other Australian and International Universities.
Our Academic LeadProfessor Terence O'Brien (MBBS Melb. MD Melb. FRACP, FRCPE) is The James Stewart Professor of Medicine and Academic Lead, Medicine at Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is also a consultant neurologist, and a medical specialist in neurology and clinical pharmacology, with particular expertise in epileptology, anti-epileptic drugs and in-vivo imaging in animal models and humans. His research is broad based, covering both basic and clinical studies related to epilepsy, neuropharmacology and associated areas. The work has had two primary goals: First to better understand the determinants of treatment response in epilepsy, identify biomarkers for treatment outcomes – imaging, electrophysiological, genomic and clinical, and develop new treatment approaches. Second to investigate the fundamental neurobiological basis, and inter-relationship, of the neuropsychiatric co-morbidities present in many patients with epilepsy.
Key Research Areas
Research at Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, spans across a variety of translational medicine disciplines including: arthritis and inflammation, endocrinology, epilepsy and neuropharmacology, gastrointestinal cancer, international and immigrant health, malaria, multiple sclerosis, personalised medicine, rheumatology, stroke imaging, bionics devices and women's health.
Department of Medicine at Royal Melbourne Hospital
The University of Melbourne
4th Floor, Clinical Sciences Building
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Parkville, Vic. 3050 AUSTRALIA
Tel: + 61 3 8344 6252 / Fax: +61 3 9347 1863