The Robinson Institute
The Robinson Institute brings together a unique blend of clinical, scientific and research leaders with wide-ranging expertise, from epidemiology through to genetics and molecular biology.
Consisting of more than 350 researchers the Institute concentrates on fundamental clinical and scientific discoveries. Our research focuses on the health of women & babies, origins of diseases, reproductive health and stem cell research.
The Robinson Institute bridges the gap between research discoveries and medical practice, with many of the Institute's senior researchers also leading clinicians in their fields. This enables a strong translation of research discoveries which provides immeasurable benefits to society and for future generations.
One of the great strengths of the Robinson Institute is the link it provides between clinicians and researchers from a wide range of disciplines and organisations. Researchers of the Robinson Institute are based at several sites including:
- The University of Adelaide (see faciltities)
- The Women's and Children's Hospital
- The Royal Adelaide Hospital
- The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
- The Lyell McEwin Health Service
- SA Pathology
- Hanson Institute
2010 ERA Results
The Federal Government recently released the results of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise. This was an assessment of the quality of research in all subjects in all Australian universities.
The outcome for the Robinson Institute was outstanding - awarded a score of 5, the maximum possible, for the overarching area of Medical and Health Sciences (Biomedical and Clinical Health) as well as a 5 in the discipline area of Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine.
A score of 5 is defined by ERA as indicating the research is well above world standard. The University of Adelaide is the only Australian University awarded a 5 for Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine.
Exceptionally high scores were also awarded to areas that are the basis of many other Robinson Institute research activities, such as:
- Oncology and Carcinogenesis
- Medical Microbiology
- Medical Physiology
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Clinical Science
- Biochemistry and Cell Biology
These ERA results confirm that the activities of Robinson Institute researchers are of the highest quality, and that their innovative advances are supported close proximity to equally outstanding collaborators.
The Robinson Institute combines the strengths and expertise of four Research Centres
The Research Centre for Reproductive Health, located at the University of Adelaide, Australia, is a world leader in reproductive health research, innovation and discovery.
The Research Centre for Reproductive Health was established in April 2004, arising from the Reproductive Medicine Unit of the University of Adelaide. The RCRH leads Australia and the international community in reproductive biology and reproductive health research, spanning from pre-conception to birth.
The RCRH seeks to make important scientific discoveries and to translate those into practical health and industry outcomes through clinical and commercial interactions. This is achieved by undertaking first-class, cutting edge fundamental and clinical research, and by fostering collaborations between scientists and clinicians in obstetrics, gynaecology, endocrinology and cancer.
RCRH brings together key research program leaders, emerging postdoctoral researchers and talented postgraduate students to assure its continual growth in excellence, depth and profile. It advocates linkages with government, health service providers and industry to maximise impact on reproductive health service and delivery.
RCRH is a leading world centre of excellence because it:
The current basic science and clinical research programs at the RCRH describe the diversity of reproductive research undertaken, and highlight the opportunity for wide-ranging collaborative endeavours:
The Research Centre for the Early Origins of Health and Disease (EOHaD) is a leader in the investigation of the intergenerational and perinatal origins of metabolic, cardiovascular, neurological and reproductive health in postnatal life.
The Centre's membership spans disciplines from public health and epidemiology to molecular biology and epigenetics and includes research groups at the University of Adelaide and their collaborators at external organisations in Australia and overseas.
Major activities revolve around defining how the early environment before and after birth affects development and health in childhood and later life, specifically including:
The Research Centre for Early Origins of Health and Disease will maintain a multidisciplinary research approach into the future to ensure our research focuses on the issues most relevant to human health.
The Centre will continue to assist in the translation of research outcomes into guidelines and interventions for early life to promote health.
Research priorities for the centre include:
The Research Centre for Early Origins of Health and Disease is also looking to expand on core facilities to include non-invasive body composition analysis of infants and adults and cutting edge MRI facilities.
The Centre for Stem Cell Research offers opportunities for both staff and students to undertake world class research in the area of stem cells.
The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Stem Cell Research is a collaborative initiative comprising 19 research groups located in the University of Adelaide Faculties of Sciences and Health Sciences, the Hanson Institute, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, SA Pathology (Institute of Medical and Veterinary Sciences), the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
The members of the Centre for Stem Cell Research undertake internationally recognised and awarded research in bone marrow, neural, periodontal, ovarian and cord blood stem cells and their potential applications in stroke repair, cardiac repair, tissue repair (dental, muscle, cartilage), cystic fibrosis, Lysosomal storage and other inherited disorders, transplantation medicine, developmental biology, immune diseases and leukaemia.
The focus of the centre is on translating basic research into clinical and commercial outcomes via collaboration of its members, and with external partners.
The Centre for Stem Cell Research aims to:
The Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies (ARCH) is an international centre of excellence for maternal and perinatal research, which benefits women and babies by:-
Our six major multidisciplinary research themes for 2008 - 2012 that will benefit women and babies for the next five years are:
ARCH research methodologies integrate:
ARCH Research Collaborations and Networks
ARCH has strong collaborative research links with key international and national organisations in maternal and perinatal health.
Together with the extensive network of multidisciplinary health care professionals, within Australia and internationally ARCH actively promotes and supports, these research networks can: