The Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research comprises three research programs: Behaviour, Environment and Cognition; Bone Health and Fractures; Exercise and Nutrition.
Our research emphasises the complex interactions between individuals, social and physical aspects of their communities and health care systems.
This broad-based approach includes:
Environmental and behavioural epidemiological studies aimed at:
- identifying key physical and social aspects of urban environments which promote physical and cognitive health across the lifespan
- understanding how genetic, psychosocial and behavioural factors interact with the environment to impact on health identifying optimal person- and environment-tailored
- intervention strategies for the promotion of health-related behaviours
Clinical-based exercise-nutrition studies and interventions for:
- improving and maintaining muscle health
- improving and maintaining metabolic health
- the prevention and management of the adverse effects of cancer
Clinical osteoporosis intervention studies for:
- improving bone metabolism to prevent bone loss by modulating the gut microbiome
- identifying components in the gut microbiome related to effects on bone metabolism
- identifying novel clinical risk factors for fall injury and fractures in older adults
- developing enhanced imaging methods to determine bone fragility and predict fractures in postmenopausal women and men
Learn more about our research projects, and how to get involved.