Preventative Health Flagship overview
The Preventative Health Flagship is working to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through research into prevention and early detection of common chronic diseases.
Flagship research into prevention, early detection and intervention is uncovering new ways to improve the health and well-being of Australians.
Food security and safety
We work to protect and increase the efficiency of livestock and food production systems and to assure the safety, quality and sustainability of Australian foods.
Bioprospecting drives the search for foods with proven health benefits
Food Futures assays used to produce and identify new bioactives present in foods that have proven health benefits.
Current tests screen against risk-factors and biomarkers for coronary heart disease (cholesterol production and uptake, and blood pressure), colorectal cancer and inflammatory diseases. The challenge is identifying novel bioactives that may reduce the incidence of chronic disease.
Preventative Health cluster study fighting Alzheimer’s Disease
The Preventative Health National Research Flagship has launched a A$10 million research 'cluster' study into the pathogenesis and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in partnership with Neurosciences Australia, The University of Melbourne, Mental Health Research Institute, Edith Cowan University and The University of Western Australia.
Cohort study of stroke
Substantially reducing the millions of cases of stroke recorded worldwide every year is the focus of this collaborative CSIRO research cluster.
Colorectal cancer and gut health
Find out about Preventative Health Flagship research on improving gut health, and the prevention, susceptibility, early detection and diagnosis of colorectal cancer.
Kids Eat, Kids Play main survey begins
One of the most important surveys of children ever to be undertaken in Australia gets underway nationally today with thousands of phone calls to families across Australia inviting them to participate.
Obesity and metabolic health
Scientists in the Preventative Health Flagship are working to understand the causes of obesity, and developing strategies to manage and prevent it.
Your health and wellbeing
We are helping to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians by assisting the food industry in bringing foods with substantiated and functional health benefits to the market.
Early cancer screening saves lives
Together with collaborators, the Flagship aims to better understand peoples’ risk perception and intention to undertake screening for bowel cancer
Medical devices research occurs at the interface of biological, chemical, physical, electronics, engineering and manufacturing sciences. It utilises biological properties, processes and systems to develop new and clever materials, faster and more precise techniques, diagnoses and treatments.
With expertise in 3D imaging, health monitoring, polymer chemistry, tissue engineering and prototyping, CSIRO pioneers biomedical device research including orthopaedic and ophthalmic implants.
This page provides easy to understand definitions of common biotechnology words and terms.