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AITHM is Australia’s leading medical research institute dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people in the Tropics, with a focus on infectious disease, chronic disease, the intersection between chronic and infectious disease and health systems research.

The Institute’s research outputs are strongly focused on the most pressing health issues facing tropical Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific and are recognised worldwide.

Areas of research include:

Infectious disease 

  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Vector borne diseases: malaria, dengue fever, Zika virus, chikungunya, filariasis
  • Vector control – entomology
  • Meliodosis
  • Soil transmitted helminths and flukes
  • Group A streptococcal infections
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Opisthorchiasis

 Chronic disease

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Allergy
  • Asthma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Crohn’s and colitis
  • Coeliac disease
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Schizophrenia

 Intersection between infectious and chronic disease

  • Pathogenesis
  • Microbiota

 Health systems research

  • Telehealth
  • Health systems
  • Health economics
  • Indigenous health
  • Occupational health and safety


  • Drugs
  • Vaccines
  • Diagnostics
  • Clinical trials

Supporting research applications 

  • Biobank
  • Biostatistics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Database management
  • Health workforce development
  • Scaling up innovation to policy and practice