SAHMRI is South Australia’s independent, not-for-profit health and medical research institute. It’s home to around 700 researchers, partners, students and support staff, all committed to transforming innovative health and medical research into tangible health benefits for our community.
By taking part in the BRIGHT Walk, you’ll be supporting their work to improve the lives and health of all Australians.
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.
From diabetes to prostate cancer, premature birth, mental health, dementia and more, our programs cover a wide range of areas. Here’s a look at just some of the ways we are making a difference:
One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the age of 85. SAHMRI’s Prostate Cancer Research Group focuses on improving the clinical management of prostate cancer with new treatment strategies and more accurate, non-invasive methods to monitor the disease and how patients respond to treatment.
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.
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. It’s investigating a range of other micronutrient deficiencies and excesses to support optimal childhood growth and development and reduce the risk of allergic disease.
Research at SAHMRI’s Hopwood Centre for Neurobiology focuses on identifying the causes of major neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, stroke, epilepsy, depression, spinal cord injury and chronic pain. A blood test to check how well you’re ageing has been invented by SAHMRI researchers, and now we’re working on ways to wind back the clock.