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Cellular Inflammation: The Secret Killer

We now know that inflammation plays a crucial role in our immune system however research has shown that it plays a role at a cellular level in the development of disease.

We concentrate our research on inflammation mechanism. It underlies a number of prevalent acute and chronic conditions, as well it drives the initiation and progression of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Inflammation research: why it matters


A third of all diabetics will suffer from vision loss and potential blindness during their lifetime. This condition is caused by inflammation in the retina blood vessels.

Centenary’s Impact 

We have developed an exciting new drug which has the potential to mend the damaged blood vessels and prevent loss of sight.

Read more about our diabetes work here.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia and the second leading cause of death in Australia. Evidence is mounting that inflammation plays a key role.

Centenary’s Impact 

We are investigating new ways to target and treat debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, by focusing our research on inflammation in the brain.

Read more about our Alzheimer’s disease work here.

Respiratory Diseases

Two of the top five killers of Australians are diseases of the lungs and airways. Inflammation appears to play a major role.

Centenary’s Impact 

We are identifying new ways to tackle inflammation by developing comprehensive ‘molecular maps’ for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, lung cancer and asthma. 

Read more about our Asthma work here.

Inflammation Research Foundation – Cellular Inflammation: The Secret Killer (Article).