Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

HMRI facilitates collaborations between researchers translating scientific advances into better clinical care, competitive commercial products and improved health care guidelines.

HMRI Research Programs receive funding from the community to support research projects, equipment, scholarships, fellowships and travel grants.

HMRI Research Programs also receive infrastructure funding from the NSW Office for Medical Research through the Medical Research Support Program, and the NSW Department of Health through the Capacity Building Infrastructure Grant Program. This funding supports essential research infrastructure, including research salaries, research equipment and technology services.

Research at the University of Newcastle Hunter New England Local Health District Research at Calvary Mater Newcastle

Research Programs

Brain and Mental Health Program

Researchers in the Brain and Mental Health Program are unlocking the mysteries of neurological and mental health disorders, and providing novel solutions to improve the diagnosis and treatment of those who are affected.

Cancer Research Program

Researchers in the HMRI Cancer Program are helping to reduce the incidence of cancer and finding more effective therapies by tailoring treatments to the genetic profile of the disease, and to the needs of the individual patients and their carers.

Cardiovascular Health Program

The HMRI Cardiovascular Health Program brings together researchers who are exploring human heart disease across prevention, revascularisation and quality of life for cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disease patients.

Information Based Medicine Program

The HMRI Information Based Medicine Program is utilising computer technology and mathematical methods to extract meaningful information from vast amounts of clinical and molecular data to identify disease-related genetic patterns, paving the way for a personalised approach to health care.

Pregnancy and Reproduction Program

The HMRI Pregnancy and Reproduction Research Program brings together researchers focused on understanding the environmental and biological processes that control reproduction and birth.

Public Health Program

The HMRI Public Health Program conducts population health research, uniting public health and health services planning, and reducing preventable death or disability by changing the community’s health behaviours.

Virus, Infections/Immunity, Vaccines and Asthma (VIVA) Program

The HMRI Viruses, Infections/Immunity, Vaccines and Asthma (VIVA) Program brings together clinical, applied, epidemiological and basic science research to investigate clinical health problems in asthma and other airway conditions, infectious diseases, and development of vaccines for the prevention and treatment of disease.


Research Networks

Adolescents, Babies & Children Research Network

The ABC (Adolecents, Babies and Children) Research Network was developed to facilitate research and communication in the area of children’s health, and to create a cohesive network of active researchers with a focus on the health of infants, children and young people.

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BRICs Nursing & Midwifery Research Network

The BRICs Nursing and Midwifery Network collaborate with other networks within HMRI, the Hunter New England Local Health District, the University of Newcastle and its Research Centres, other Universities, nationally and internationally, and Industry partners on the growth of world class research and clinical innovation.

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PANIC Research Network

The Physical Activity and Nutrition in Inflammation-related Chronic disease (PANIC) Research Network involves researchers who are investigating various factors that modify inflammation, such as nutrition, metabolism, physiology, psychology and physical activity, to understand their impact on chronic disease.

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  • Upcoming Fundraising Events

    1. HMRI Breast Cancer Lunch

      October 30 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    2. Real Film Festival Opening Night Gala

      November 7 @ 6:00 pm
    3. HMRI Public Seminar Series: Heart Disease

      November 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
      HMRI, Caves Lecture Theatre New Lambton Heights