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 Lead
Professor Jo Douglass is a specialist physician in Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, who currently holds a joint appointment as the James Stewart Professor of Medicine in the University of Melbourne Department of Medicine and Director of Research at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Prof Douglass undertook her undergraduate medical training and a Doctor of Medicine (by research) at Monash University and specialist medical training in Melbourne, London and Southampton. From 2012 to 2020, she was Head of the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, undertaking a management role in the Hospital as Divisional Director. She has active research projects in asthma, particularly Thunderstorm Asthma, and in the genomic diagnosis of primary immune deficiencies. Professor Douglass serves on numerous speciality and industry advisory boards, she chairs the National Primary Immune Deficiency strategy and is a past president of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.
EA: Jennifer Kendall
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