Health and biotechnology
Our research in Health and Bioprocessing Technologies seeks to deliver powerful tools for improving health, a better understanding of disease processes as well as effectively diagnosing and treating medical conditions.
As technological advances are the key to securing and improving health care systems, we create novel technologies that assist health care professionals and empower people to manage their wellbeing effectively.
These technologies will help to address challenges such as ageing populations, an increase in chronic diseases and, consequently, the related pressures on health care systems. We work in close collaboration with clinical researchers, end-users, patients and the medical industry to translate our findings, make a positive impact on society's health and strive to improve the delivery of health care.
We focus on three critical areas of research:
Biomedical data analysis enables us to deliver quicker, more accurate diagnoses through applying computational models, machine learning and data analytics to medical images, biosignals and other health data.
We create innovative biosensing and medical devices to improve patient healthcare and quality of life. From devices that can detect cardiac instability to those that can interpret the brain’s electrical signals for assisting stroke rehabilitation.
We focus on pharmaceutical bioprocessing, with a particular emphasis on drug production for innovative pharmaceutical products, such as biomaterials for medical implants and devices.
Our research and its impact on society
Our Health and Bioprocessing Technologies researchers are committed to developing technologies for a happier, healthier society. With a keen awareness of global market needs and trends, we translate research into commercially viable solutions, ready for rapid entry into global supply chains. This has led to our:
- health-monitoring and diagnostic devices being worn by, or implanted in, hundreds of patients
- medical imaging devices being used in hospitals
- bionic prostheses, replacement joints, and mobility and communication aids helping countless people live with physical disabilities
- AI and machine learning image and data analysis tools helping many specialists diagnose and monitor a wide array of diseases and injuries
- bioprocessing technologies delivering new modes of drug synthesis, purification and product shelf life in the pharmaceutical industry.
As the first Adelaide university to send a payload to space, our medicines – utilising only ingredients available on the Moon – are being tested at the International Space Station to learn how they cope with the rigours of one of the harshest environments known.
Picture: Tablets arrived on board the ISS on 5 October. Photo: NASA
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women and the 2nd most common cause of cancer death. We know that screening can save lives, and the "BRAIx" program uses cutting edge artificial intelligence technology to improve cancer detection, improve efficiencies and it ultimately changes the way we screen women.
Our research capabilities
Our Medical, Health and Bioprocessing Technologies research is highly relevant and directly beneficial to all care-givers – and those requiring care. We work closely with:
- health care providers
- rehabilitation units
- research organisations
- medical device manufacturers
- pharmaceutical companies.