Four QUT research projects, three of which are concerned with the health and welfare of children, have been awarded a combined total of $5,281,731 in the latest round of grants announced this week by the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Reducing the impact of chronic disease
Our research is focused on developing new and enhancing existing approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic disease.
We investigate chronic conditions including:
- infectious and osteoarticular diseases
- cardiovascular, ocular, and neurological disorders
- mental health conditions.
We're employing technology from medical imaging and genomics to web-enabled smart devices to identify risk factors, implement interventions throughout the lifespan and improve end-of-life care.
Using insights from the social sciences and behavioural economics, we help people to make better health decisions for themselves and others, enhance compliance with treatments and improve government policy.
Prevention through intervention
Our early-life intervention studies optimise child development in families and in education and care settings. We're translating biomedical research into practice by:
- exploring genetic, behavioural, nutritional, physical activity, sleep and lifestyle traits
- developing personalised e-health solutions that promote resilience and wellbeing, and prevent and treat disorders.
Whatever the opinion of the public, academics or medical professionals, QUT researchers say it will be politicians who decide on whether laws on euthanasia, or voluntary assisted dying, are changed.