Supporting people in hospitals across South Australia through vital health and medical research and improved patient care.
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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.
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The BHI provides a dynamic, state-of-the-art research environment for vital ‘bench to bedside’ research and research training opportunities. Affiliated with the University of Adelaide, Flinders University 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.
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THRF Early Career Fellow Dr Katharina Richter has been named one of the top 10 innovators in the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 competition for the Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Taiwan region. read more
Researchers Professor Eric Gowans and Dr Danushka Wijesundara from the Virology team at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research both recently attended national and international conferences thanks to The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF). read more
Growing up surrounded by great grandmothers and great aunties, Clare McNally developed a great fondness of older people, which influenced her career, going on to study, research and teach the importance of oral health for elderly people. read more
Attending the World Rhinology Congress, one of the largest ENT conferences in the world was a career highlight for third year PhD student Aden Ho Yin Lau. read more
Lifesaving research is underway dedicated to preventing the heartbreak of bowel cancer. How? By understanding and potentially targeting our own immune cells! read more
The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) is delighted to announce the recipients in its 2018 Grant Round at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and its research arm, the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research. read more
Thanks to the support of The Hospital Research Foundation’s (THRF) valued donors, cancer researchers Dr Bill Panagopoulos and PhD student Alex Shoubridge from the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI) attended a world-leading bone conference in the Clare Valley. read more
The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) recently supported researchers Dr Eric Smith and Dr Helen Palethorpe from The Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research to attend the highly regarded Lorne Cancer Conference, bringing together world-class cancer researchers from across the globe. read more
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