Health research benefit from University partnership

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

One of South Australia's premier research units internationally regarded for its work into child nutrition, the Women's and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI), has officially joined with the University of Adelaide.

The partnership was announced last night in a formal launch at the University by the Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon. Jack Snelling.

Established in 1989 as the Child Health Research Institute, WCHRI has operated as an independent medical research institute committed to improving the health of women and children.

Based at the Women's and Children's Hospital, WCHRI is best known for its research in the fields of early childhood nutrition, wound repair and the development of new therapeutic or preventive health strategies.

Research efforts span maternal and child nutrition, diseases of the blood and immune system, and development and repair of the digestive system, skull and skin.

The institute is also recognised internationally for the the translation of its science to outcomes that benefit local and global communities.

Over the past two decades, WCHRI and the University of Adelaide have had strong collaborative research relationships, through the University's Faculty of Health Sciences, the School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, the Robinson Institute, the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and the FOODplus Research Centre.

A number of staff and students working at WCHRI are also attached to the University of Adelaide, which is internationally regarded for the quality of its research in medical and health sciences, including paediatric and reproductive medicine and nutrition.

The new partnership means that WCHRI will now operate as a controlled entity of the University. The partnership provides opportunities for even stronger connections between WCHRI researchers and the University of Adelaide.


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