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Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI)

We are Curtin’s flagship centre of medical research excellence with the scientific research capability to tackle complex diseases to improve the quality of life for millions of Australians.

Graphic of cells that have disease

Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI)

Hosting researchers from multiple scientific disciplines, we aim to study genetic and environmental drivers of disease, identify disease sooner for early intervention, develop new treatments and discover opportunities for disease prevention.

Graphic of cells that have disease

Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI)

Our researchers study diseases that impact people across the lifespan and are common or rare. We aim to host the hottest-concept ideas to find urgently needed solutions for people living with significant disease burden.

Our vision

To be global leaders discovering what causes diseases, how to slow, cure and prevent. We host scientists who see beyond prevailing dogma, who have novel but unproven hypotheses and who have an insatiable appetite to explore the unexplored.

Our research

We are seamless, studying genes-to-populations, supporting student-scientists-to-professors, integrating patient consumers-with-doctors and hosting volunteers-to-technology specialists. A shared-responsibility model to improve the lives of Australians living with disease, sooner.

Our facilities

We host state-of-the-art technology platforms in contemporary certified PC2 facilities, home to ~300 scientists.

Our focus areas

Our research encompasses four focus areas, or areas of strength, including vascular and metabolic disorders, inflammation, infectious disease and wounds, neurodegenerative disorders and cancer.

Microscopic glucose and insulin molecules in the blood

Vascular and Metabolic Disorders

We are identifying new treatments for blood vessel disorders and investigating blood vessel growth and function to treat age-associated cancers, blood-vessel inflammatory disorders, energy disorders, liver disorders and infectious diseases.

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Inflammation, Infectious Disease and Wounds

We are developing ways to stop the decline in immune system function with ageing, using the immune system to treat arthritis and adult cancers.

Brain disease diagnosis with medical doctor diagnosing elderly ageing patient neurodegenerative illness problem seeing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) film for neurological medical treatment

Neurodegenerative and Pain

We are exploring new approaches for preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease, where we’re hoping to slow cognitive decline significantly.

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We’re researching interventions for age-associated cancers, focusing on how the immune system influences cancer risk and disease progression.