Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) aspires to excellence in tropical health and medical research, biotechnology and research education, supporting better health for people in the tropics worldwide.

Established in 2013, AITHM is a tropical health and medical research institute based at James Cook University, with key nodes in Townsville, Cairns and the Torres Strait.

AITHM is based in the tropics to confront northern Australia’s major health security risks, attack its worst health outcomes, develop better ways to deliver health services to remote communities, and establish northern Australia as a centre of excellence for tropical health and medical research.

In conjunction with local and international partners, AITHM will enhance public health, biomolecular, clinical, translational and health systems research to deliver significant public health benefits locally, regionally and globally.

Principle research areas

  • Re-emerging infectious diseases, vectors and health security
  • Health systems research
  • Chronic disease
  • Molecular therapeutics
  • Genetic and epigenetic aspects of disease
  • Occupational health and safety.


Professor Louis Schofield


The Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge