Mater Research is a recognised leader in medical research. Our bench to bedside philosophy sees us working across Mater Health’s hospitals and health services, The University of Queensland, and the world-class Translational Research Institute (TRI). We are committed to working closely with Mater Health, Mater Education and our growing network of partners and collaborators to turn scientific discovery into the best possible treatment, care, and outcomes for patients and our broader community. 

Our key focus areas are Cancer biology and care , Chronic disease biology and care , Implementing evidence to improve health , Mothers', babies and women's health , Neurosciences and cognitive health , Optimising acute care .

Australian first trial using Viagra® in pregnancy supported by Golden Casket donation
An Australian first research trial at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals, using the drug Sildenafil—commonly known as Viagra®—to improve outcomes in labour, is one of several programs to be boosted by a $500 000 donation from Golden Casket.
Preliminary results from the Ridstress trial show there is close to a 50 per cent reduction in women requiring an emergency caesarean or a forceps delivery for fetal distress when they take Sildenafil in the early stages of labour.
Conjoint Professor of Neuroscience establishes memory clinic at Mater
Cognitive Neurologist Professor Peter Nestor was recently appointed Conjoint Professor of Neuroscience between The University of Queensland and Mater and has started his appointment by establishing a memory clinic at Mater.
The memory clinic is a multidisciplinary tertiary referral clinic, providing clinical and cognitive assessments for people with suspected degenerative brain diseases that may give rise to dementia.
Transition to Ethics Review Manager System - Important information for for researchers and clinicians undertaking research at Mater
The new Ethics Review Manager (ERM) system will replace Online Forms for applications to Mater Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) as well as incorporate SSA submissions to Mater Research Governance.
The roll-out will occur in two stages for Mater researchers:
Stage 1 (July 2018): transition of Research Ethics applications from Online Forms to ERM
Stage 2 (August 2018): transition of Research Governance applications to ERM
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