The aim of our respiratory research is to find better treatments for the future and reduce the burden for individuals affected. Respiratory disorders such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including emphysema, cystic fibrosis and tuberculosis represent a growing burden of disease in Australia and globally.
The aim of our sleep research is to increase our understanding of how sleep disorders develop, progress and how they present in each individual. We also focus on identifying new tools to diagnose sleep disorders and the development of individual-based targeted treatments. Obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia and narcolepsy continue to be a growing problem.
The Centre for Lung Cancer Research at the Woolcock is Australia’s first centre dedicated to understanding and treating lung cancer. World-class researchers from some of Australia’s best universities and hospitals come together to form the Lung Cancer Research Network.
Our research work is led by international experts in their field. Learn more about sleep and cognitive decline, circadian rhythms, allergic rhinitis and asthma, home monitoring of respiratory disease, mechanisms of respiratory disease processes, tuberculosis in Australia and Vietnam, health and air pollution including bushfire smoke, innovative devices for maintaining health as well as new treatments for cystic fibrosis.
Meet the future stars of the Woolcock who will be striving for excellence and innovation in research, research translation, clinical care and patient outcomes and who will be taking the Woolcock into the future.
Each year researchers at the Woolcock supervise many higher degree research students. PhD, Masters and Honours students are able to work together with world leaders in breathing and sleep research to become the next generation of medical research leaders.
Lung infections are the no 1 cause of death in the chronically ill.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men with lung cancer have no history of smoking.
Australia has one of the highest allergy prevalence rates in the world.
Advancing the field of lung cancer diagnosis and treatment as never before.
The average shift worker sleeps one hour a day less than non-shift workers.