The Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research comprises three research programs: Behaviour, Environment and Cognition, Bone Health and Fractures and 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

Our research programs

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Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program

Exploring the interaction between urban environments and physical and cognitive health.

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Bone Health and Fractures Research Program

The Bone Health and Fractures Research Program has a strong focus on improving fracture prediction and identifying novel prevention and treatment strategies for osteoporosis.

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Exercise and Nutrition Research Program

Investigating the roles of exercise and diet in the prevention of chronic lifestyle-related diseases.

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