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.

Mater Research Institute - The University of Queensland (MRI-UQ) is an alliance between Mater Research and UQ, providing strategic benefits to both partners. Mater Research brings to the alliance considerable clinical collaboration opportunities and UQ brings all its expertise as a research, education, and teaching institution. Mater Research employees, through an affiliation to MRI-UQ have access to world-class research infrastructure and systems.

We continue to make great strides in medical research, read about our recent successes in our latest Annual Report.


Our key focus areas are Cancer , Chronic and Integrated Care , Healthcare Delivery and Innovation , Mother and Baby , Neuroscience .

Latest News

A new Mater Research study has found that higher rates of stillbirth and adverse health outcomes in baby boys may be linked to dysfunction in...



Study links higher birth risks for baby boys to placental problems

A desire to improve the inequity of suffering led nurse Karyn Foster into a career as a Mater Research Clinical Trials Coordinator.



Nursing the Future: Improving patient outcomes through research 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare professionals from across Queensland met in Brisbane last week to co-design a study with...



Queensland First Nations people plan a healthier future

A new diagnostic and treatment approach for bladder cancer will undergo a clinical trial in Queensland.



Technology shines a light on better bladder cancer detection

A positive experience with a student midwife during the traumatic birth of her second child planted the seed for Research Midwife Emma Kendall...



Strengthening healthcare outcomes for First Nations mums and bubs through research

Researchers have long been perplexed by the complex genetics behind chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and...



Genetics and immune function intersect in inflammatory bowel disease 

A Mater Research project that aims to uncover the drivers behind the development of Type 1 diabetes has received a $USD200,000 funding boost.



Uncovering the drivers that cause Type 1 diabetes

Every year in Australia almost 3,000 families experience the heartbreak of stillbirth or neonatal death.  The death of a baby—either during...



Providing support to bereaved families after stillbirth and neonatal death

Some of the greatest health disparities in Australia are experienced by people with intellectual disability due to mainstream health services...



Addressing the needs of Australians with Intellectual Disability

It is with mixed emotions that Mater Research says goodbye to Sonia Hancock, one of our strongest and most loyal supporters.



Sonia Hancock thanked for pivotal role at Mater Research