Medical Research

New Biofabrication Institute – 3D print bone, cartilage and other human tissue to repair damage

It is the role of RBWH Foundation to raise money to support of the main research centres at RBWH. Without medical research there would no advancement in patient care and treatment, no cure for the diseases that plague our society, life expectancy would be shorter and our quality of life would be poorer.

The hospital is home to a number of major research centres including:

Apart from the ongoing funding provided to the five major research centres, the RBWH Foundation also issues grants to new and developing research projects undertaken at the hospital.

RBWH researchers are working on modelling an ear cartilage model that can be used to print a 3D ear

This clinical research covers a broad range of life-threatening diseases, medical conditions and methods of patient care including:

  • Most forms of cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Vascular disease
  • Infectious diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Mental health
  • Multidisciplinary aged/acute care
  • Pain management
  • Nutrition
  • …and the list goes on.

The aim of research is to find better treatments, methods of prevention and cures for these conditions.  Research, however, takes time and money and it can’t be done without the generous support of individuals, community groups and businesses.RBWH has always been a hub for medical research.  The Brisbane Hospital, as RBWH was then called, first opened on the current Herston site in 1867.  Since then its doctors, nurses and other medical staff have actively participated in research to advance treatment methods and improve outcomes for their patients.

Below are just a sample of some of the breakthroughs and discoveries that have occurred at the hospital over the years.