Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR) aims to address critical public health issues by identifying and responding with innovative programs that deliver better health outcomes and transform lives.
MMIHR collaborates with team of renowned researchers and international academics alongside HDR students and professional staff to tackle today's most pressing health challenges.
Our team of award winning, world-class researchers bring together their diverse strengths through each of our research programs.
The Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program explores the interaction between urban environments and physical and cognitive health.Explore research
The Bone Health and Fractures Research Program has a strong focus on improving fracture prediction and identifying novel prevention and treatment strategies for osteoporosis.Explore research
The Exercise and Nutrition Research Program investigates the roles of exercise and diet in the prevention of chronic lifestyle-related diseases.Explore research
26 May 2021
Men who were overweight and at risk of diabetes had better overnight blood sugar control when they exercised in the early evening rather than in the morning.
24 May 2021
Time-restricted eating could be a gamechanger for more than one million Australians with type 2 diabetes.
26 April 2021
A six-week exercise program of either high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or resistance training can build and maintain muscle mass and strength in middle-aged men, new ACU research has found.
19 April 2021
The muscles of elite endurance athletes boast high numbers of extra-efficient mitochondria, the ‘energy’ powerhouse of muscle cells. Unlocking the secrets of these cellular components could yield gain...
14 April 2021
Australian Catholic University Professor Jim Sallis, has called for a heightened focus on exercise as a pandemic control after his research revealed physically inactive COVID-19 patients were two-and-...
Men with prostate cancer experience increased rates of mental health issues. This project examines whether exercise aids the management of mental health issues in men with cancer.Explore project
We’re supporting the International Physical Activity and the Environment Network (IPEN) Adolescent study, which explores how the built environment aﬀects physical activity and obesity in teenagers.Explore project
Mental health issues are common in residential aged care facilities. This project investigates whether exposing new residents to greenery may protect them against declining wellbeing.Explore project
We are collaborating with the University of Copenhagen, Karolinska Institute and the University of Carolina to further understand the benefits of exercise for people with type 2 diabetes.Explore project