QIMR Berghofer is researching a range of chronic disorders – complex conditions affecting the quality of life and health prospects of people around the world.
Demographic and lifestyle changes have led to a rise in the number of chronic disorders, and the Institute’s research in this field is in response to the community’s changing needs.
Chronic disorders researched at the Institute include asthma and other lung diseases, cardiovascular disease, cystic fibrosis, eye disease, haemochromatosis, chronic liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Other work is focused on nutrition and maternal and infant health.
This wide-ranging research program includes identifying the genetic variation associated with the risk of some of these disorders, as well as understanding disease progression and the basic molecular events that underlie the conditions.