Our Research

Our Research Collaborations

The Sydney Local Health District has a long and proud history of achievement in world class health and medical research. Our success has built on our long term collaborative relationships. These include world-leading health, academic, education, biomedical, clinical, health services, public and population health partners. The Sydney Local Health District is committed to working with our research partners to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients. Our collaborations include:

Sydney Research The Sydney Local Health District is a proud member of Sydney Research. Sydney Research is a cooperative alliance which brings together leading expertise for research, healthcare and education. Sydney Research aspires to be Australia's leading translational research entity, converting discoveries into better health for the people of Central Sydney, Australia and around the world. Sydney Research is one of the largest research hubs in NSW. Key to this alliance is the partnership between Sydney Local Health District and its principal tertiary referral hospitals - Royal Prince Alfred and Concord Hospitals, the University of Sydney and 11 eminent medical research institutes, affiliates and centres of excellence Concord Centre for Cardiometabolic Health in Psychosis (ccCHiP) Concord Centre for Cardiometabolic Health in Psychosis (ccCHiP) is based at Concord Hospital as a cooperative venture between the Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney. ccCHIP provides innovative clinical models that are replicable and scalable within health services. Clinics operate in an integrated and interdisciplinary approach providing screening, detection, management and follow-up of metabolic disorders among patients with severe mental illness.

The ANZAC Research Institute The ANZAC Research Institute has a primary focus on ageing and translational research. It has major groups in andrology, biogerontology, bone biology, burns research and reconstructive surgery, cancer and immune therapeutics, dendritic cell biology, geriatric epidemiology, vascular biology and veterans' epidemiology. The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse at RPA The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse at RPA is planned as a world-class cancer treatment, teaching and research facility providing integrated care to patients and carers. The key concept is to provide a supported environment for cancer care so that unwell patients do not have to navigate the healthcare system alone. It will combine all facets of clinical care, including surgery, medical and radiation oncology, research as well as wellness and support services on an ambulatory and outpatient basis.

The Asbestos Disease Research Institute The Asbestos Disease Research Institute is the world's first stand-alone research facility dedicated to asbestos-related diseases. Through translation research projects, the ADRI aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment, and to enhance the quality of life of those affect by asbestos-related diseases. The George Institute for Global Health The George Institute for Global Health has a major interest in clinical trials, chronic conditions, injury, frailty and disadvantaged populations. The major interface with the health service is in clinical trials.
The Baird Institute The Baird Institute is the only dedicated cardiothoracic surgical training and research institute in Australia. The focus of the research and education at The Baird Institute is all the diseases of the health, lungs, chest wall and diaphragm that are treatable with surgery. The Baird Institute is dedicated to fostering research and applying science to improve the outcomes of patients facing heart or lung surgery. The Heart Research Institute The Heart Research Institute is principally focused on arthleroscosis, lipids, free radicals, gene regulation, cell biology and nutrition and metabolism.
The Brain and Mind Research Institute The Brain and Mind Research Institute has major interests in youth mental health, Parkinson’s Disease, healthy brain ageing, autism, anxiety, chronobiology and sleep, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. Inner West Sydney Medicare Local Group (IWSML) Inner West Sydney Medicare Local Group (IWSML) is a not for profit primary health care organisation that aims to improve the patient journey and improve access and efficiency of health services in the inner west, with better communication and coordination between all health service providers in the region. IWSML works in collaboration with Central Sydney GP's, allied health and community programs in the development of primary care research.
Brainstorm

Brainstorm is a collaboration between leading Sydney Hospital Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) and the University of Sydney. It is dedicated to brain tumour research through the RPA Department of Neuropathology and the Molecular Neuropathology Research Program, based at the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI), University of Sydney.

RPA Institute of Academic Surgery (RPAIAS) RPA Institute of Academic Surgery (RPAIAS) is newly established within SLDH. Its goal is to reinvigorate the discipline of academic surgery including implementing innovative models that support academic career pathways and the development of academic surgical departments to pioneer best surgical practice and patient care.
The Centre for Education and Research in Ageing The Centre for Education and Research in Ageing conducts innovative multidisciplinary research into ageing, geriatric medicine and healthy ageing. The driving focus of our research is to develop strategies and therapies to improve the quality of life and health of older people. The research covers an extensive range of methodologies from basic biological research, clinical research, epidemiology, health services and social science

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research focuses on respiratory and sleep issues including asthma, allergies, COPD, lung fibrosis, LAM (Lymphangioleiomyomatosis), epidemiology, tuberculosis and sleep and circadian research.
The Centenary Institute of Cancer and Cell Biology The Centenary Institute of Cancer and Cell Biology has a strong focus on research into cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, immunity, genetic diseases and liver disease. RPA Institute of Academic Surgery (RPAIAS) The Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe) is a multidisciplinary, not for profit, academic research unit of Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney dedicated to the advancement of evidence-based surgical practice through the conduct of outcomes-oriented surgical research. SOuRCe promotes the application of clinical trials, health services evaluation, surgical outcomes assessment including quality of life assessment, health economic assessment and methods to facilitate evidence-based patient choice to surgical operations and diagnostic tests related to surgery. SOuRCe has a strong focus on surgical oncology and provides education and training for surgeons in evidence-based medicine and research methods.
The Brain and Mind Research Institute The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (CTC) mission is to improve health outcomes for patients through high quality global collaborative clinical trials research. Outcomes include significant changes in medical practice to improve human health, longevity and quality of life. CTC continues their efforts to make clinical trials an integral part of health care and to coordinate the translation of research outcomes into public benefit via their work with Sydney Catalyst: the Translational Cancer Research Centre of Central Sydney and Regional New South Wales. The Brain and Mind Research Institute The University of Sydney is home to a number of interdisciplinary research centres that have important collaborations with SLHD, including the Charles Perkins Centre, the Brain and Mind Research Institute and the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre.
The University's collaborative work with SLHD benefits from its work with other  independent affiliated medical research institutes associated with SLHD, including the ANZAC Research Institute, the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology, the Heart Research Institute, the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and the  George Institute for Global Health. 
Clinical research and training is supported by the Local Heath District with research and teaching activities spread across the district.
The Brain and Mind Research Institute

The Charles Perkins Centre aims to ease the burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by translating the work of the University of Sydney into real-world solutions.
It brings together outstanding academics and practitioners from within the University and beyond to, collaborate and forge innovative research partnerships, develop research programs that generate major shifts in our understanding of these diseases and their treatment, translate that knowledge into practical solutions for individuals, communities and nations, work hand in hand with communities, governments and the private sector, develop cross-disciplinary teaching programs, inspire, train and mentor the next generation of researchers and practitioners.