Research at Melbourne
Our University is a comprehensive research organisation addressing complex problems in innovative ways with investigator-led, interdisciplinary collaborations.
We work with industry partners and specialist research institutes exploring solutions to the major challenges of our times.
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Spotlight on research
Breakthrough for augmented reality display technology
The world's first flexible, transparent augmented reality (AR) display screen has been created using additive manufacturing and low-cost materials. This development will revolutionise how AR is used across a range of industries and applications.
Our research strengths
Research discovery is fundamental to tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges. Explore news about the work and impact of our researchers and collaborators.
Discover the precincts, people, platforms and multidisciplinary research bringing together diverse perspectives and expertise – and pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge.
Understand how ethics is fundamental to our endeavours, is governed by robust systems of review, and supported by comprehensive education and training programs.
Research at Melbourne
"The University of Melbourne carries out research to enrich our understanding of the world. To grow the store of human knowledge. And to address major social, economic, health and environmental challenges. We instil this spirit of discovery in future generations of researchers. And we ensure that all our graduates have essential research skills."
Professor James McCluskey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
The University of Melbourne’s enduring purpose is to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research.
Advancing Melbourne will enable the University to contribute to advancing the state and national interest and make vital contributions to Australia’s standing on the world stage. We seek to be a leading force in advancing Australia as an ambitious, forward-thinking country while increasing its reputation and influence globally.
New on Pursuit
Keep up to date with cutting-edge research and insightful commentary by world-leading experts on the University's news and opinion site – Pursuit.
For coral, teamwork makes the dream work
The discovery of clusters of two types of bacteria in the tentacles of corals sheds light on their role in coral reef health.
Dual sensory impairment linked to a higher risk of death
Researchers have found people with both vision and hearing impairment – known as dual sensory impairment (DSI) – have a 44 per cent higher risk of death than people with neither sensory impairment.
Bringing birth forward to 39 weeks has no adverse developmental effects
Developmental outcomes of children birthed by induced labour at 39 weeks' gestations shows no difference in childhood development at ages four to six years compared to full-term babies.
Stimulating the vagus nerve can reduce blood glucose levels
By stimulating the vagus nerve using implantable electrodes, University of Melbourne researchers have safely reduced blood glucose levels in an animal model.
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