UQDI Group Leaders and Research Fellows are arranged according to research themes and centres.

Cancer Theme

Our cancer biology researchers uses molecular and cell biology techniques to understand cancer initiation, progression and response to treatment. Cancers can be triggered by multiple environmental factors resulting in genetic changes to environmental events including exposure to viruses. They are using novel techniques to investigate how viruses can trigger cancers and the genetic changes that result in the cancer. Researchers are also developing novel techniques to treat cancers. In this way, cancer biology researchers apply research findings to improve diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.

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Immunology Theme

Our immunology researchers focus on diseases of immune regulation. It examines the origins and progression of autoimmune disease by undertaking genetic studies, clinical and pathological observations, and the development of and in depth analysis of animal models of disease. In so doing, researchers share the common aim of working to develop novel immunotherapies. Clinical trials into diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies,and Type 1 diabetes are testing novel therapeutics, novel uses of existing therapies, and the development of novel assays to help predict disease severity and progression.

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Genomic Medicine Theme

Our genomic medicine researchers focuses on understanding the genetic causes of many common human diseases. Working with the UQ Centre for Clinical Genomics based at UQDI, we use cutting-edge sequencing, genotyping and proteomic technologies to research a wide range of complex diseases, including cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, eczema and other chronic diseases. Our researchers are also very active in the development of new statistical methods to accomplish this task.

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Therapeutics Research Centre

Our broad mission is to increase the understanding of pharmaco-therapeutics and to apply this to improving patient outcomes and quality of life. Our main research areas are: Skin pharmaceutical science and therapeutics Pharmacology and therapeutics Clinical and regulatory toxicology

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Dermatology Research Centre

The Dermatology Research Centre was established in 2007 as a joint initiative of The University of Queensland and the Queensland Skin and Cancer Foundation to represent Queensland's first research unit led by specialist dermatologists. Since its initiation the Dermatology Research Centre continues to grow and build its reputation and now consists of 4 cooperative clinical/laboratory research groups studying skin and skin cancer, both melanoma and keratinocyte cancers, utilising the state-of-the-art research infrastructure at the Translational Research Institute. The centre is also undertaking the development and validation of novel technology platforms for diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Our success is largely due to our researchers' ability to obtain national and international competitive funding, as well as independent funding through philanthropy and industry.

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Endocrine Hypertension Research Centre

The University of Queensland's Endocrine Hypertension Research Centre is based at Greenslopes and Princess Alexandra Hospitals. The Centre conducts internationally acclaimed research into the causes and management of various forms of hypertension (high blood pressure), including curable and specifically treatable varieties.

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Centre for Kidney Disease Research

The Centre for Kidney Disease Research (CKDR) is one of Australia's leading kidney disease research centres with an international reputation for excellence in research. The researchers of the CKDR are working at the forefront of global trends in research to trial new clinical treatments and to understand the cellular and molecular basis of kidney disease. In this way we are aiming to improve kidney and general health of adults and children. Renowned for its studies in acute and chronic kidney disease and kidney cancers, the CKDR has particular expertise in translating results from laboratory and clinical sciences for application to improve public health outcomes.

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Lung and Allergy Research Centre

The Lung & Allergy Research Centre (LARC) is focused on undertaking scientific research to understand the pathogenesis of asthma and other chronic pulmonary diseases, with particular interests in allergic inflammation and host defence against respiratory viral infections.

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