Our research programs
Our research programs are supported by two institutes, four strategic research centres and five schools.
Strategic research centres (SRCs)
To deliver world-class research in health to:
- produce exemplary healthcare clinicians, practitioners and scientists, through excellence and innovation in research, teaching and learning
- provide a supportive research environment for our staff
- engage with our communities and partners to facilitate mutually beneficial outcomes
- strengthen the sustainability of our research and the next generation of research leaders by supporting their development and diversifying our financial resources.
We encourage our staff to share and employ their knowledge outside the University. By working together and collaborating with external organisations, researchers can provide expertise to projects, programs and initiatives that complement and support health and wellbeing.
We conduct a broad range of multidisciplinary and translational research studies that address important individual and population health problems.
Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition
The Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) is a world-leading research institute, recently established from the former Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN). It's led by Alfred Deakin Professors David Crawford and Jo Salmon.
IPAN's vision is to improve the health and quality of life of Australians through nutrition and physical activity research excellence. Their aim is to be the leading research institute in the world for solutions-focused nutrition and physical activity research.
The institute conducts high quality, multidisciplinary nutrition and physical activity research to actively inform policy and practice, in order to improve health and wellbeing.
Institute for Health Transformation
The Institute for Health Transformation (IHT) is designed to enhance health and wellbeing for all by creating transformational change across the broad spectrum of health, disability, ageing and end-of-life care. Our team works to address some of the most compelling and complex health challenges of the 21st century through translational research excellence in:
- prevention and population health
- health systems and services
- health economics and financing
- data analytics and digital health.
Our faculty research centres
Global Obesity Centre
The Global Obesity Centre is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (WHO-CC) that creates, shares and distributes knowledge in partnership with the community to promote obesity prevention and other non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention.
The current focus of the unit is multi-dimensional and centres around the following key themes:
- monitoring of non-communicable diseases
- interventions with communities
- food systems and policy analysis
- systems thinking for non-communicable disease prevention.
Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases
The Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID) is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research partnership between Deakin University, Barwon Health and CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) based on a 'one health' approach to understanding and mitigating the risks posed by emerging infectious diseases.
The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes
The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes is the first national research centre in Australia and internationally dedicated to investigating the behavioural, psychological and social aspects of diabetes. The centre’s focus is improving the quality of life of all people with diabetes and their families. Established in 2010, the centre is a partnership for better health between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University.
Deakin Child Study Centre
The Deakin Child Study Centre brings together a multidisciplinary approach to innovative research and shared knowledge, and directs efforts to help children and adolescents with developmental disorders. Housed in the School of Psychology, the centre has a dynamic relationship with our Developmental Neuroscience and Behavioural Health and Technology Units, as well as our Clinical Training Program, providing an integrative scientist-practitioner driven research and teaching agenda.
Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre
Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre is a partnership of Deakin University, Federation University and 11 health service providers operating across the western region of Victoria. It aims to strengthen existing collaborations by formalising relationships between the partners that have been sustained over the history of the region’s settlement and development.
National Centre for Farmer Health
The Australian Centre on Quality of Life
The Australian Centre on Quality of Life has the following mission:
- To facilitate research into quality of life.
- To serve as a resource for both researchers and students.
- To gather knowledge and expertise related to both theoretical and applied areas.
- To facilitate research links with industry, government and the community.
Bioinformatics Core Research Group
The Bioinformatics Core Research Group (BCRG) brings together a range of expertise and resources to support and facilitate bioinformatics at Deakin University.
The group strives to enable researchers so that they will be able to view and process their data themselves, through appropriate training, bioinformatic support and infrastructure.
We have world-renowned research staff right here at Deakin.
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