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 are home to more than 650 of the BRIGHTest researchers from across Australia and the world, all working together to find solutions to the biggest health challenges of our time – cancer, stroke, Aboriginal health, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, premature birth, dementia and more, including COVID-19.

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“As a cardiologist, I treat people just like you and your loved ones. To care for people with heart disease is a privilege that never diminishes.”

“As a researcher, I’m part of a team that’s improving heart health on a much larger scale. We’re fighting every day to solve the biggest issues in cardiac care.”

– Prof. Derek Chew (SAHMRI Lifelong Health Theme Co-Leader and cardiologist)

“As a cardiologist, I treat people just like you and your loved ones. To care for people with heart disease is a privilege that never diminishes.”

“As a researcher, I’m part of a team that’s improving heart health on a much larger scale. We’re fighting every day to solve the biggest issues in cardiac care.”

Prof. Derek Chew (SAHMRI Lifelong Health Theme Co-Leader and cardiologist)

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.

From diabetes to heart disease, 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:

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Cancer

At SAHMRI we take the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer personally. That’s why our cancer research focuses on personalised, precision treatment for the right person, at the right time. Our work ranges from fundamental discovery, to the development of innovative clinical trials, and the establishment of Australia’s first proton therapy centre. We are continuing to expand our capabilities to take on the big C – so you and your loved ones don’t have to.

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Aboriginal Health

To get to the heart of health, you need to be in the heart of country. That’s why our researchers travel far and wide to connect with rural and remote Indigenous communities. By taking a holistic approach to health and providing fundamental health services while conducting our research programs, we are well positioned to listen, understand and act on reducing health disparities and inequities for our nation’s First Peoples.

Covid-19

COVID-19

From being physically infected with COVID-19, to mental health struggles associated with isolation, job loss, the inability to travel and ultimately, losing a loved one to the virus, the ramifications of the pandemic have touched us all. We are proudly playing our part in the global COVID-19 response, actively working on a number of fronts including clinical trials, advising policymakers, genetic sequencing, technological interventions, behavioural science and basic science.

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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.

From diabetes to heart disease, 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:

Image of patient

Cancer

At SAHMRI we take the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer personally. That’s why our cancer research focuses on personalised, precision treatment for the right person, at the right time. Our work ranges from fundamental discovery, to the development of innovative clinical trials, and the establishment of Australia’s first proton therapy centre. We are continuing to expand our capabilities to take on the big C – so you and your loved ones don’t have to.

Image of health check up

Aboriginal health

To get to the heart of health, you need to be in the heart of country. That’s why our researchers travel far and wide to connect with rural and remote Indigenous communities. By taking a holistic approach to health and providing fundamental health services while conducting our research programs, we are well positioned to listen, understand and act on reducing health disparities and inequities for our nation’s First Peoples.

Covid-19

COVID-19

From being physically infected with COVID-19, to mental health struggles associated with isolation, job loss, the inability to travel and ultimately, losing a loved one to the virus, the ramifications of the pandemic have touched us all. We are proudly playing our part in the global COVID-19 response, actively working on a number of fronts including clinical trials, advising policymakers, genetic sequencing, technological interventions, behavioural science and basic science.

SA’s first medical research institute

SAHMRI is South Australia’s first independent flagship health and medical research institute. The institute was officially incorporated in December 2009, and opened its new iconic headquarters in November 2013, located just east of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

The construction of the Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research building, formerly dubbed SAHMRI 2, is underway. It will house the first proton therapy unit in Australia. This precision radiation treatment will target tumours in sensitive areas of the body like the spine and brain and be revolutionary for treating cancers in children.

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