ABOUT
SAHMRI

The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute – or SAHMRI – is conducting inspired research that leads to better health outcomes for all.

We’re home to more than 650 of the BRIGHTest researchers from across Australia and the world. They’re working together for solutions to the biggest health challenges of our time, including ensuring our children have the BRIGHTest start to life.

About SAHMRI

ABOUT
SAHMRI

The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute – or SAHMRI – is conducting inspired research that leads to better health outcomes for all.

We’re home to more than 650 of the BRIGHTest researchers from across Australia and the world. They’re working together for solutions to the biggest health challenges of our time including ensuring our children have the BRIGHTest start to life.

Prof. Maria Makrides (Deputy Director and Theme Leader, SAHMRI Women and Kids)

“THE FRAGILITY OF LIFE IS NEVER SO APPARENT AS WHEN CARING FOR A PRETERM BABY.”

“Research has led to great advancements in clinical care meaning most preterm babies now survive and thrive, but many live with ongoing issues from being born too soon. My team is committed to preventing preterm birth as well as ensuring that those born early get the best care so that all little babies have the healthy start to life they deserve.”

– Prof. Maria Makrides (Deputy Director and Theme Leader, SAHMRI Women and Kids)

OUR RESEARCH

The strength of SAHMRI is in the diversity of our research. Our projects are aligned with the most pressing health challenges and community needs in society today. But importantly, we’re working hard to find innovative ways to create better health outcomes for all.

Through our research into preventing preterm birth and stillbirth, promoting good nutrition in pregnancy, perinatal care, allergy relief and more, SAHMRI strives to deliver the BRIGHTest start to life for everyone in South Australia and beyond.

Here’s a look at just some of the ways we are making a difference:

Pregnancy and perinatal care

Pregnancy and perinatal care

Despite significant advances in medical research, the rates of stillbirth and preterm birth in Australia are still unacceptably high. SAHMRI and our research partners are driving a range of clinical and procedural interventions that are making a difference. SAHMRI’s Pregnancy and Perinatal Care team is also partnering with Red Cross Lifeblood to deliver the benefits of donated human milk for preterm infants.

Aboriginal health

Aboriginal health

Aboriginal families and communities face specific health challenges that need specific solutions. SAHMRI’s Aboriginal Communities and Families Health Research Alliance supports community-driven, culturally respectful research to promote better health and wellbeing for Aboriginal mums, babies and families.

Child nutrition

Child nutrition

Taking care of your precious child starts long before birth. SAHMRI’s childhood nutrition team has made great strides in addressing preterm birth through its development of the Omega-3 screen and treat program for pregnant women, and is investigating a range of other micronutrient deficiencies and excesses to support optimal childhood growth and development and reduce the risk of allergic disease.

SA’S FIRST MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

SAHMRI is South Australia’s first independent flagship health and medical research institute. We’re home to more than 650 medical researchers, working together for solutions to the biggest health challenges of our time including ensuring our children have the BRIGHTest start to life.

SAHMRI and partners have begun construction of the Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research which will house Australia’s first proton therapy unit. This precise, non-invasive radiotherapy can destroy cancer cells while minimising damage to surrounding healthy tissue and vital organs. Proton therapy is the most advanced treatment available for certain paediatric, adolescent and young adult patients and those with rare cancers.

About SAHMRI

SA’S FIRST MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

SAHMRI is South Australia’s first independent flagship health and medical research institute. We’re home to more than 650 medical researchers, working together for solutions to the biggest health challenges of our time including ensuring our children have the BRIGHTest start to life.

SAHMRI and partners have begun construction of the Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research which will house Australia’s first proton therapy unit. This precise, non-invasive radiotherapy can destroy cancer cells while minimising damage to surrounding healthy tissue and vital organs. Proton therapy is the most advanced treatment available for certain paediatric, adolescent and young adult patients and those with rare cancers.