We have always recognised that our work doesn't end at the "Eureka!" moment. It continues until we have found a way to turn our breakthrough into a change for the better.
Our research today
Today our ambition and optimism are stronger than ever.
Although we conduct research across numerous fields of study – over 150 in all – we focus on a number of specialisations, what we call our leading capabilities.
We've grouped these capabilities into four categories:
- health and wellbeing
- future technologies
- sustainable environments
- resilient cultures and communities
Read more about our leading capabilities.
Our research tradition
Even before we became the global university we are today, our researchers looked beyond traditional boundaries, creating new frontiers and discovering new ways of approaching the fields in which they worked. Things that we now take for granted would not exist without the initial work of Monash researchers:
Professors Alan Trounson and Carl Wood achieved the world's first IVF pregnancy in 1973. The Trounson and Wood team went on to achieve Australia's first (and the world's fourth) successful IVF birth in 1980.
In 1986, a team from our Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (formerly the Victorian College of Pharmacy) designed and synthesised the anti-flu drug that would become known as Relenza. Relenza first became available in Australia in 1999 and is now used globally.
Road safety (seatbelts)
In the 1960s and 1970s, work by Monash researcher led to the world's first laws requiring that seatbelts be installed in all new cars and that seatbelts be worn by drivers and passengers. After their success in Australian states, similar laws were soon adopted throughout the country and overseas.
Read more about some of our most momentous research achievements.
More about Monash
Read more about Monash University's proud history, international reputation and ambitious plans for the future.