Sydney Research

Our Partners


Sydney Research is an unincorporated affiliated organisation which brings together a unique collection of world leading minds and experts in health and medical research.

Sydney Research has 16 founding members who collaborate through knowledge, resource and capabilities sharing. Our aim is to optimise research development opportunities, culture, quality, healthcare and innovation.

Sydney Research is led by a Council with representation from each of the member organisations and Chaired by Dr Teresa Anderson as appointed by members.

Our Partners

ANZAC Research Institute has a primary focus on ageing and translational research. ANZAC aims to coordinate the highest quality innovative research at all levels including public and population health, clinical, translational, molecular physiology and cell and molecular biology. The ANZAC Institute has major groups in Andrology, Biogerontology, Bone Biology, Burns Research and Reconstructive Surgery, Cancer & Immune Therapeutics, Dendritic Cell Biology, Geriatric Epidemiology, Northcott Neurobiology Laboratory, Vascular biology and Veterans' epidemiology. The ANZAC Institute has a strong commitment to translational research and supporting hospital-based research. ANZAC Research Institute
The Asbestos Disease Research Institute (ADRI) 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 ADRI has strong links with departments involved with thoracic oncology at RPA (Baird Institute) and at Concord Hospital. It is also connected to the Cancer Institute NSW through the Australian Mesothelioma Registry. ADRI's purpose built biobank collaborates with the major teaching hospitals in the Sydney area and is also linked to the Australian Mesothelioma Registry at the CINSW. Asbestos  Disease Research Institute (ADRI)
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 Baird Institute

The Brain and Mind Research Institute
Diseases of the brain and mind, including substance abuse, clinical depression and dementia, now account for more than 40 percent of all illness. These diseases are devastating for those affected, their families, and for society, costing the Australian economy an estimated $30 billion each year.

The Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) brings together patients, support groups and front-line carers with scientists and clinicians working in neurosciences and brain research, providing hope for those affected. The Institute has major interests in youth mental health, Parkinson's Disease, healthy brain ageing, autism, anxiety, chronobiology and sleep, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia.

The Brain and Mind Institute is a key partner with SLHD, with important collaborations such as in the New Missenden Mental Health Unit where the aim is to support research that will led to improved models of care.
University of Sydney
The Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology is a world-leading independent Medical Research Institute. Centenary conducts life saving research in the areas of Cancer, Inflamation and Cardiovascular Disease. The Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology
The Centre for Education and Research in Ageing (CERA) links with the ANZAC Institute, the aged care services and Concord Repatriation General Hospital. CERA is aligned with the Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney. Research areas include ageing in men, liver disease and ageing, dementia, medications, disability and healthy ageing. The  Centre for Education and Research in Ageing (CERA)

The Charles Perkins Centre:
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.

The Centre's activities are intimately linked with the NSW Health networks through the University's long standing collaborative partnerships across metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW. It has nodes radiating from its historic Camperdown campus all the way to Broken Hill.

At the heart of the Charles Perkins Centre is a $385 million research and education hub.
This hub, which opened in 2014, will provide a major boost to the Centre's research program, including with its partners in the SLHD: more than 800 researchers will be located next door to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and interacting and collaborating with its clinical and community services.

University of Sydney
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. Chris  O'Brien Lifehouse at RPA

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.

"There is no mental health, there is no physical health, there is"

Metabolic disorders are the fastest growing chronic health problems in the world and their early detection and treatment may reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease or stroke. Compared to the general population, those with severe mental illness have a reduced life expectancy of 25 to 30 years, and the gap is widening.  

In 2008, clinics were established by Professor Tim Lambert, Dr Jeff Snars and Associate Professor Roger Chen to improve the physical health of people with mental illness. Today, ccCHIP provides direct clinical services in both inpatient and outpatient settings, develops training packages for other services to become self-sufficient in managing integrated health issues, provides health workforce training in an interdisciplinary simulation programme, and undertakes clinical and translational research to improve the health and wellbeing of patients with mental health.

Concord Centre for Cardiometabolic Health in Psychosis (ccCHiP)
The George Institute for Global Health has one of its several international offices at the RPA hospital. It has a major interest in clinical trials, chronic conditions, injury, frailty and disability and disadvantaged populations. The major interface with the health service is in clinical trials. The  George Institute for Global Health

The Heart Research Institute (HRI)  is an internationally recognised research institute that performs cutting-edge cardiovascular research. The main focus of this research is to gain an understanding of the development and progression of atherosclerosis, the dominant cause of cardiovascular disease. This research spans many different, complementary approaches, with research groups studying everything from the precise biological reactions involved in atherosclerosis, right through to translational studies that take the Heart Research Institute's science from the lab bench and apply it in the hospital clinic. 

The Heart Research Institute has three core objectives:

  • To detect atherosclerosis at an early stage before it leads to clinical problems.
  • To develop new treatments which can reverse the development of heart disease.
  • To prevent individuals developing atherosclerosis in the future.
The Heart Research Institute (HRI)
Central and Eastern Sydney PHN 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. Central and Eastern Sydney PHN works in collaboration with Central Sydney GP's, allied health and community programs in the development of primary care research. Central and Eastern Sydney PHN

The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (CTC)
The National Health and Medical research Council Clinical Trials Centre's mission is to improve health outcomes for patients through high quality globally collaborative clinical trials research. CTC continues efforts to make clinical trials an integral part of health care by translating research outcomes into improved longevity and quality of life outcomes through its partnership with Sydney Catalyst: the Translational Cancer Research Centre of Central Sydney and Regional New South Wales, which is supported by Cancer Institute NSW.

University of Sydney
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. Sydney  Local Health District (SLHD)
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. Sydney  Local Health District (SLHD)
Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) hosts world leading biomedical, clinical, health services and public health research across a number of hospital and community services. This includes Royal Prince Alfred, Concord, Canterbury and Balmain Hospitals as well as the Department of Forensic Medicine, RPA Institute of Academic Surgery, Community Health, Mental Health, Oral Health, Population Health and Drug Health Services. The translation of research findings to improved patient care is a central objective of SLHD which is facilitated by the proximity and close linkages with partner agencies. Sydney  Local Health District (SLHD)

The University of Sydney
Since 1850, scholars and students at the University of Sydney have shared a passionate commitment to the transformative power of research and education. The University's research makes a real difference to our understanding of today's world and how we work and live in it, and enriches our community by bringing together people from all social and cultural backgrounds.

The University of Sydney is one of Australia's foremost health and medical research hubs. High quality multidisciplinary research to improve the community's health and wellbeing is conducted not only in the Faculties of Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences, Pharmacy and Dentistry, but also in many other faculties, including Science, Engineering and Information Technologies,  Law and Education and Social Work.

Clinical research and training is supported by the Local Heath District with research and teaching activities spread across the district. Across the state, clinical training programs produce around 30 percent of all future health professionals across the broadest range of disciplines of any Australian university.

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. 

University of Sydney
The Woolcock Institute for Medical Research has a focus on respiratory and sleep issues including Asthma, Allergies, COPD, Lung fibrosis, LAM (Lymphangioleiomyomatosis), Epidemiology, Tuberculosis and Sleep and Circadian Research. The  Woolcock Institute for Medical Research