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The 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.

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The 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.

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The 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.

About us

We want to support researchers prepared to think beyond existing paradigms to discover new prevention strategies and treatments for people facing terminal or lifelong chronic disease burden.

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

Our facilities are PC2 certified, host state-of-the-art technology platforms, and are available to researchers and students from across and outside the university.

Our focus areas

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

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

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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.

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Neurodegenerative disorders

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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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.