With most of us impacted by illness or disease at some point in our lifetime, our research aims to understand the environmental and genetic risk factors of common disease and illness.
BPMRI’s Busselton Health Study was directly responsible for identifying the first known gene associated with asthma. There have also been other significant discoveries and/or confirmed genetic associations with cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, lung function, obesity, sleep apnoea, diabetes and iron metabolism.
A core component of our research includes the identification of the genetic causes associated with a wide range of diseases and health conditions.
Our research into healthy ageing is focused on providing information about the risk factors underlying disease and debilitation in middle aged adults.
Our studies look at the causes and risk factors associated with the development of Type I and Type II diabetes.
Sleep disorder studies provide insight into the prevalence and associated risk factors underlying sleep apnoea in the community.
Our studies include small and large scale investigations into the prevalence and underlying causes of respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
In relation to cardiovascular diseases, we investigate the prevalence of obesity, metabolic syndrome and risk for cardiovascular disease in children and adults.
Our studies have helped to identify the lifestyle and genetic factors associated with common cancers.
OTHER RESEARCH AREAS
Our research also includes many other areas of disease and illness.