Supporting people in hospitals across South Australia through vital health and medical research and improved patient care.
Meet our passionate and dedicated team.
Meet our Board and Governance team.
THRF adopts extremely high transparency standards when reporting our financials.
Supports research into the detection, management & treatment of breast cancer.
Funding research into prostate cancer prevention, detection & treatment.
Improving heart health through advances in knowledge & research to beat heart disease.
Our aim is to reduce & eliminate the high incidence of chronic kidney disease and diabetes.
Supports health and wellbeing research & programs for veterans, emergency service personnel and their families.
Driving collaboration, innovation & research to develop best-practice arts, design & health programs.
Supporting world-class stroke research to improve prevention, diagnosis & acute treatment to cure stroke.
Providing donor stool to treat patients with bowel conditions and foster research into faecal transplant as a treatment.
Do you want to join our team? Check out current career opportunities here.
View some of the commonly asked questions about our organisation.
We are so grateful to those who donate their time and skills to support life-changing medical research. Find out more…
Get in touch with us here.
The BHI provides a dynamic, state-of-the-art research environment for vital ‘bench to bedside’ research and research training opportunities. Affiliated with the Universities of Adelaide, Flinders and the University of South Australia, the BHI is a short walk from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, allowing for a vital and active interface between researchers and clinicians.
All research groups have strong links to clinical divisions within the Hospital underpinning The Institute’s overarching focus on translational health research. This ‘bench to bedside’ approach is at the forefront of an emerging area of medical science that aims to improve public health through collaborative discoveries and innovations in patient care, education and research.
Research conducted by The Institute covers a broad spectrum, exploring causes, potential improvements in therapeutic outcomes and the prevention of some of the most serious and common health conditions facing our community today.
Research areas include;
Opened in 2009, the facility was proudly named after the first Professor of Medicine at the hospital and one of Australia’s leading medical researchers, the late Honourable Basil Hetzel AC. Revered world-wide for his pioneering work which discovered the link between iodized salt in the diet and the prevention of brain damage in newborns, Dr Hetzel’s groundbreaking research has helped millions of children in 130 countries where iodine is lacking.
His passion and drive to prevent brain damaged babies born as a result of iodine deficiency around the world has been recognized as one of the most significant medical discoveries of modern times.
Dr Hetzel has received numerous academic and humanitarian awards, not only for his landmark medical research but for his commitment, vision and leadership in the areas of public and community health.
His strong support for the translational medical research undertaken at the facility which proudly bears his name continues to inspire current researchers and those yet to make their mark in the field.
support the basil hetzel institute
The Breast Cancer Research Unit at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI) are determined to develop a new immunotherapy treatment to target breast cancer and other heartbreaking cancers affecting our community. read more
We are pleased to share the relocation of a prostate cancer machine, called a Bioruptor that was purchased thanks to your generous support of The Hospital Research Foundation is being relocated to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)! read more
The Hospital Research Foundation along with partner charity Australian Heart Research was proud to send two dedicated Adelaide researchers to the 2017 American Heart Association (AHA) Conference in California, giving them an invaluable opportunity to showcase their research as well as network with international researchers. read more
Thanks to your generous support, each year The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) funds travel grants to support researchers and students to attend various conferences and meetings relevant to their field of research, having the opportunity to network with fellow researchers around the globe. read more
The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) was proud to support a recent meeting of Adelaide researchers to enable knowledge sharing and the formation of new collaborations helping to end the heartbreak of Zika Virus. read more
Can you imagine being diagnosed with a type of cancer that has no targeted treatments? This could change thanks to researchers at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI) who are working hard to investigate possible treatments for triple negative breast cancer. read more
World-first research is underway at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI) focusing on using our own immune system to fight solid cancers such as breast cancer with potential for other cancers. read more
Thanks to the incredible generosity of one of our very special donors, Dr Margaret Elcombe, our researchers have been awarded the Elcombe Pre-Clinical Project Grant to pursue a promising new treatment avenue for breast cancer that has spread which if successful would be far less toxic than current treatments. read more
Supported by The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF), Dr Ashish Shrestha’s research aims to develop a universal Hepatitis C virus vaccine and a DNA vaccine to provide effective protection against the Zika virus, currently there are no developed vaccines against either virus. read more