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"CHIRI is a natural home for new talent, the game-changers and paradigm-shifters, those prepared to take risks and truly innovate to improve adult health."


The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) was founded in 2008 to host research, clinical practice and teaching within Curtin University’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

As a critical mass of biomedical and research expertise, CHIRI played a pivotal part in Curtin’s ambitions to establish a medical school. The new School of Medicine opened its doors to undergraduates in 2017.

Restructured in December 2015, CHIRI become a focused, research-only institute. With a renewed vision and mission, the institute is working to address an Australian national health priority.

By specifically targeting the chronic diseases of ageing, CHIRI complements existing health and medical research institutes focused on children’s and mainstream health.

CHIRI is a natural home for new talent, the game-changers and paradigm-shifters, those prepared to take risks and truly innovate to improve adult health.

In the spirit of the vision of Australia’s wartime Prime Minister John Curtin, the institute has adopted the mantra that, “the pursuit of knowledge is far more important than even knowledge itself”.

From discovery to practice – partnership with Curtin Medical School

Identifying the causes and new treatments of diseases associated with ageing is CHIRI’s core business. However, translation to clinical practice is the ultimate aim to decrease the burden of disease and improve quality of life. The establishment of Western Australia’s only undergraduate medical program at Curtin University means CHIRI is uniquely positioned to provide future generations of Australians with doctors who understand the contemporary research practices that will inform future therapies.

Learn more about the Curtin Medical School.

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