IHMRI researchers at the front of the IHMRI building. Photo by Trudy Simpkin.

IHMRI researchers make their mark on the global stage

The Australian Research Council’s 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report has revealed a sustained strong performance in a number of disciplines within health and medical research at the University of Wollongong (UOW).

Many of the disciplines are ones featuring IHMRI affiliated researchers.

“As an independent Medical Research Institute (MRI) we help our partners, the University of Wollongong and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, advance health and medical research in our region,” states Distinguished Professor David J. Adams, IHMRI’s CEO and Executive Director. 

“This report highlights how IHMRI researchers make a significant contribution to UOW’s global reputation for research,” he adds. “I congratulate our researchers on this recognition for research excellence, and I am proud of the ways in which IHMRI can support their work.”

The number of disciplines rated as ‘well above world standard’ has more than tripled since 2012.

Well above world standard 

Five of the 25 disciplines recognised as ‘well above world standard’ at UOW feature IHMRI researchers.

  • Medicinal and biomolecular chemistry
  • Biochemistry and cell biology
  • Neurosciences
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences

Above world standard

Five of the 32 disciplines recognised as ‘above world standard’ at UOW feature IHMRI researchers.

  • Medical and health sciences
  • Clinical sciences
  • Human movement and sports science
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Psychology


UOW was rated as demonstrating research impact that ‘made a highly significant contribution beyond academia’ in the following health and medical related disciplines:

  • Biomedical and clinical sciences
  • Public and allied health sciences
  • Psychology and cognitive sciences

More about ERA

The ERA initiative compares Australia’s university research effort against international benchmarks. It aims to identify and promote excellence across the full spectrum of research activity, including discovery and applied research. 

For more information, visit www.arc.gov.au/excellence-research-australia


Top photo: IHMRI researchers at the front of IHMRI’s headquarters. Photo by Trudy Simpkin.


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