Fast Facts: BHI, TQEH research in 2021

In 2021:

  • – more than 25 research groups were involved in research at the BHI, TQEH
  • – over $19 million in grants, clinical academic salaries, contracts, scholarships and infrastructure support was obtained by researchers at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH
  • – over 200 researchers were involved in research at the BHI, TQEH
  • – more than 100 research students were enrolled through The University of Adelaide and University of South Australia
  • – over 470 publications were published in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters or published abstracts

Full details can be found in the 2021 BHI Research Report.

Why study at the BHI?

Researcher Showcases – Read about why current and former BHI, TQEH researchers recommend the BHI as a place to work and/or study.

Here are 10 reasons why we think you should consider undertaking honours and/or postgraduate research at the BHI, TQEH:

  1. excellent research groups, each of which have close links with clinicians at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH)
  2. excellent research facilities
  3. active seminar program with both internal and external speakers, and the opportunity to present your results at weekly postgraduate student seminars
  4. The Hospital Research Foundation Group (THRF) funding support – scholarships, equipment, networking and professional development opportunities (including travel funding, payment for posters, media and communications training, attending various events). THRF Group has been supporting research at TQEH for over 50 years.
  5. THRF Group media & communications support – opportunity to participate in community engagement activities and media appearances coordinated by THRF Group.
  6. TQEH Research Expo – held annually in October, students present their research results with generous student prizes awarded in multiple categories
  7. Student representatives – opportunity to be one of 3 student representatives (one from each floor level of the BHI) and be an active member of the BHI Management Committee
  8. Regular in-house social activities, often run by student representatives, help make the BHI a friendly, helpful and collaborative place in which do do research.
  9. Easy access via public transport (train, bus) and car, with free street-parking nearby
  10. Electric bikes are available for all BHI researchers to use (eg. to attend meetings in city)


What is the BHI?

The Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI) is the productive research arm of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH). A $19 milliion purpose-built research facility was opened in March 2009 and is located on Woodville Road opposite the main campus of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It is located 15 minutes from the Adelaide CBD in the city’s western suburbs.

All research groups have strong links to the clinical divisions within TQEH underpinning translational health research. This ‘bench to bedside’ approach is at the forefront of an emerging area of medical science that aims to improve public health through collaborative discoveries and innovations in patient care, education and research.

Research conducted by the BHI covers a broad spectrum, exploring causes, potential improvements in therapeutic outcomes and the prevention of some of the most serious and common health conditions facing our community today. These include cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes, respiratory diseases and stroke.

The BHI also has long-standing teaching and research affiliations with the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Flinders University, which offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate research training opportunities. Several academic departments, including the University of Adelaide Disciplines of Surgery, Medicine and Psychiatry, are based at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Where is the BHI?

The Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI) is the research arm of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH), Woodville South, South Australia.

The BHI Research Facility is located on the corner of Woodville Road and Simpson Street, Woodville South SA 5011 (diagonally opposite the main TQEH campus).

Postal Address: 28 Woodville Road, Woodville South SA 5011
Location address: 37a Woodville Road, Woodville South SA 5011

Phone: +61 8 8222 7427
Fax:       +61 8 8222 7872

Can I get to the BHI using public transport?

The BHI Research Facility is located approximately 15 minutes west of the Adelaide CBD in Woodville South, adjacent to the Port Road & Woodville Road intersection. Excellent regular bus services include:

  • Woodville Road bus 300 or 100 – stop 220 (western or eastern sides of road)
  • Port Road bus 150 or 157 – stop 21 (northeast and southwest sides of road)

The Woodville Railway Station is only a short walk away (approximately 900m).

More information and timetables from Adelaide Metro.

Is there car parking at the BHI?

TQEH/BHI staff parking is available (however fees and waiting lists apply).

No visitor parking is available at the BHI Research Facility.

A taxi rank is located outside the main TQEH campus on Woodville Road.

Free all day (and 2 hour) parking is available in the wide median strip in the middle of Port Road (just west of Woodville Road). Free street parking is available in the surrounding streets, but some of these areas have restricted times.

Who do I contact if I wish to conduct my research at the BHI?

For groups wishing to locate their research to the Basil Hetzel Institute please contact the BHI Facility Manager, Imogen Ball [email protected]

Potential honours and postgraduate students should visit the page on “Postgraduate & Honours Opportunities” and contact the Research Leader/contact person listed.

Who provides research funds at the BHI?

Significant sources of funding for research undertaken at the BHI include:

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) Group funds research activity at the BHI, TQEH from donations, bequests and the Foundation’s “Hospital Research Home Lotteries”. The Foundation also provides generous funding to the BHI to purchase new and replacement laboratory equipment.

Cancer Council of South Australia

National Heart Foundation (NHF)

University of Adelaide

University of South Australia