We are currently seeking high calibre students to pursue PhD or Masters studies in asbestos and dust-related diseases research.

Australia has the world’s highest incidence of malignant mesothelioma per capita, with more than 700 new cases diagnosed each year, and it has been estimated that there were at least another 1,500 Australians with lung cancer caused by asbestos.

This is a tragic consequence of the intensive use of asbestos and its products in Australia in the previous century and is estimated that as many as one in three homes in Australia contains asbestos. As a response to this legacy, the Asbestos and Dust Diseases Research Institute (ADDRI) was opened in 2009 and is a state-of-the-art medical research facility dedicated to the prevention and treatment of asbestos and dust-related diseases, particularly asbestos-related lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma and silicosis.

ADDRI’s research framework focuses on:

  • Cellular and Molecular Research;
  • Pre-Clinical and Clinical Sciences; and
  • Public Health and Prevention (including themes on epidemiology and QOL studies).

How To Apply

All applications are to be submitted to the Academic and Research Director for consideration info@addri.org.au. As ADDRI is a not-for-profit medical research organisation, it is unlikely that a research program will have the funds to take on a postgraduate student without scholarship funding. However, there are various scholarship schemes on offer and can be found through The Good Universities Guide.

Projects Available

  • Prevention of Asbestos and Dust-Related Diseases
  • Biomarker Research mesothelioma
  • Liquid Biopsy: A Novel Approach for Early Silicosis Diagnosis
  • Investigating the role of Extracellular Vesicles in Mesothelioma Tumour Microenvironment
  • Unravelling the Molecular Interplay in Silicosis for Future Therapeutic Research

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