Research Platforms

The Department is home to a wide range of cutting-edge technologies and research support services, including biostatistics.

  • Platform Technologies

    The Department is home to a wide range of platform technologies, incorporating the latest, cutting edge equipment to aid in high-level research in cell biology, cancer, genomics, proteomics, imaging and other areas.

  • Biostatistics

    Centre for Excellence in Research Methods

    The Centre for Excellence in Research Methods (CERM) at Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital is a supporting capacity in research design and biostatistics.

    The aims of CERM are:

    • To offer expert advice on research methodology to medical researchers;
    • To support medical researchers throughout the research process, from advice regarding enumeration of project aims, design of the project and materials, data analysis and manuscript development;
    • To provide targeted teaching and training relevant to medical researchers;
    • To develop innovative approaches in applied statistics.


    MCATS (Melbourne Clinical and Translational Science platform) is a collaborative research platform with expertise in developing research questions and providing innovative Biostatistics, Health Economics, Bioinformatics (e.g. REDCap) and training.  Embedded within the University of Melbourne, MCATS supports developing grant applications and project implementation within health projects.

    Melbourne EpiCentre

    The Melbourne EpiCentre, a partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital aims to undertake collaborative research, including the provision of study design and statistical support to its research partners.

    The Centre seeks to promote quality, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in healthcare, both within the RMH and beyond.

    In addition, the Melbourne EpiCentre strives to achieve and maintain academic excellence by leading and participating in collaborative research; teaching and training undergraduate and postgraduate students; through success in obtaining competitive grant funding.

  • Bone Density Unit

    Our Bone Densitometry Unit at the Western Precinct not only offers a superb diagnostic tool to support the early detection and treatment of osteoporosis, but offers a comprehensive platform for bone health assessment, obesity assessment and visualization of calcification in the abdominal aorta that can indicate heart disease. At Western Health both clinical and research patients are scanned on a Hologic QDR Discovery densitometer.

  • Radiology Book and Film Library

    The Library service is offered to staff of the Radiology Department of The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

    Book Library collection includes over 600 books, 50 print journals with 6 electronic journals, videotapes and CDs.

    Loan facilities for books and bound journals are strictly for Radiology Department staff only.

    Researchers, academics, students and other staff registered with the Royal Melbourne Hospital Health Sciences Library may request photocopies of Radiology journal articles through their services. The Brownless Library at the University of Melbourne is also a useful resource for medical texts for university staff and students.

    The Film Library collection includes postgraduate and undergraduate collections. The films are strictly not for loan and may be studied at 8 viewing stations set up in the Film Library.