Hudson Institute of Medical Research

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Hudson Institute of Medical Research
EstablishedJanuary 2014 (2014-01)
FocusMedical research
ChairmanDr Robert Edgar
CEO and DirectorProfessor Elizabeth Hartland
FacultyMonash University
Staff450 (in 2016)
Formerly called
Location, ,
Australia
Address27-31 Wright St, Clayton VIC Australia
Websitehudson.org.au

Hudson Institute of Medical Research is an independent, not-for-profit medical research institute, based in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton in Victoria.

The Institute hosts approximately 450 researchers, postgraduate students and support staff. Research at Hudson Institute works to understand, prevent and treat women’s and baby health, cancer, innate immunity and infectious diseases, and reproductive health.[1]

The current director and CEO is distinguished researcher and international authority on microbiology and immunology, Professor Elizabeth Hartland.[2]

The Institute is partnered with Monash University and Monash Health, and is co-located with both organisations at the Monash Health Translation Precinct in Clayton.[3]

Purpose[edit]

The Institute’s purpose is stated as ‘unravelling the mysteries of nature to cure disease’.[4]

Organisation[edit]

Hudson Institute of Medical Research is organised into five specialist research centres :

  • Cancer
  • Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases
  • Reproductive Health
  • Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • The Ritchie Centre

Within these centres, 48 research groups undertake basic, translational and clinical research into a range of diseases.

Research[edit]

Hudson Institute scientists examine[edit]

  • The body’s innate immune responses and their role in cancer, autoimmune diseases and inflammation; infectious diseases including HIV, herpes and influenza.[5]
  • Fetal and neonatal health from conception to a baby’s first breath of life to prevent and treat adverse events such as birth asphyxia, premature lung disease and ectopic pregnancy.[6]
  • The human placenta, embryo implantation and a woman’s endometrium to improve reproduction and development and better treat and diagnose women’s health conditions such as endometriosis.[7]
  • The molecular,[8] genetic,[9] endocrine[10] and mitochondrial[11] processes underlying cancer tumour development to identify and develop more effective cancer diagnostics and treatments.[12]

Health areas and diseases include[edit]

History[edit]

Hudson Institute of Medical Research was formed in January 2014 through a merger of the Monash Institute of Medical Research and Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research.[1]

Hudson Institute of Medical Research was named in honour of the late Professor Bryan Hudson, the founding Professor of Medicine at Monash University and first director of the Prince Henry’s Hospital Medical Research Centre, which later became Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research.[13]

Professor Hudson was one of Australia’s leading endocrinologists, and a renowned physician-scientist responsible for early work on the male reproductive hormone, Inhibin.[14]

Education[edit]

The Institute has a large student population, predominantly enrolled through Monash University, and hosted 168 postgraduate (Honours, Masters, BmedSci, and PhD) students in 2015.[15]

Facilities[edit]

A new federally-funded $87.5 million Monash Health Translation Precinct Translational Research Facility (TRF) was officially opened by the Australian Health Minister Sussan Ley MP in March 2016.[16]

The facility contains research laboratory space, a platform technologies floor and a dedicated clinical trials centre, with eight beds and 21 chairs for the purpose of translating research into patient treatments.[16]

The Institute’s scientists and students have access to the MHTP Technology Platforms, which contain the following capabilities:[17]

  • Medical Genomics
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Histology
  • Micro Imaging
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell Therapies
  • Monash Biobank
  • Immunoassay Facility

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Us | Hudson Institute of Medical Research". hudson.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  2. ^ "Profile – Prof Elizabeth Hartland | Hudson Institute of Medical Research". hudson.org.au. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  3. ^ "Monash Health Translation Precinct — About MHTP - Monash Health Translation Precinct". www.mhtp.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  4. ^ "About Us – home | Hudson Institute of Medical Research". hudson.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  5. ^ "Centre for Innate Immunity & Infectious Diseases | Hudson Institute of Medical Research". hudson.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  6. ^ "The Ritchie Centre | Hudson Institute of Medical Research". hudson.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  7. ^ "Centre for Reproductive Health | Hudson Institute of Medical Research". hudson.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  8. ^ "Centre for Cancer Research | Hudson Institute of Medical Research". hudson.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  9. ^ "Genetics and Molecular Pathology | Hudson Institute of Medical Research". hudson.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  10. ^ "Centre for Endocrinology and Metabolism | Hudson Institute of Medical Research". hudson.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  11. ^ "Centre for Genetic Diseases | Hudson Institute of Medical Research". hudson.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  12. ^ "Latest news | Hudson Institute of Medical Research". hudson.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  13. ^ "New name for MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research". Monash University - Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  14. ^ "Munks Roll Details for Bryan Hudson". munksroll.rcplondon.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  15. ^ "Hudson Annual Report 2015". Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  16. ^ a b "$84 million translational research facility officially opened | Hudson Institute of Medical Research". hudson.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  17. ^ "Monash Health Translation Precinct — Facilities - Monash Health Translation Precinct". www.mhtp.org.au. Retrieved 2016-09-29.

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