The Heat and Health Research Incubator (HHRI) is led by Prof Ollie Jay (Director) and Assoc Prof Ying Zhang (Deputy Director), who in total have received over $7 million in funding over the past five years to investigate the impacts of extreme heat and climate change on human health.
The HHRI is a multidisciplinary initiative that aims to tackle the unprecedented current and future impacts of extreme heat and hot weather on human health and society.
Through international cooperation with academics, industrial partners, policymakers, and healthcare professionals, the HHRI aims to better understand the causative pathways of – and provide evidence-based solutions for – the wide-ranging health impacts of heat exposure across the human lifespan.
Five broad research themes have been identified as priority areas of interest:
Each research theme transcends subject-specific knowledge, presenting genuine opportunity for multidisciplinary collaboration. Central to the HHRI mission is connecting senior and early-to-mid-career researchers from a diverse array of academic backgrounds to produce the latest scientific evidence whilst nurturing the future leaders in Heat and Health.
1. NHMRC Investigator Grant – Leadership 1 (Jay O)
Title: Heat and Health: Building resilience to a warming planet across the human lifespan
Amount: $2,098,555 for 5 years (2022-26)
2. NHMRC Equipment Grant (Jay O, McLachlan A, Black K)
Title: A cardiovascular monitoring system for heat and health research
Amount: $109,778 for 1 year (2021)
3. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sub-Award (Jay O, Vargas N, Kenney WL)
Title: Identification of critical environmental limits for aged adults
Amount: $85,633 for 1 year (2021-22)
4. Wellcome Trust Climate Change and Health Grant (Palutikof J, Jay O, Capon A)
Title: Managing heat stress among Bangladesh ready-made clothing industry workers
Amount: $862,811 for 3 years (2020-22)
5. NHMRC Project Grant (Jay O, Periard J, Capon A, Broderick C, Orchard J, Chalmers S)
Title: An evidence-based extreme heat policy for child and youth sport
Amount: $659,057 for 4 years (2019-22)
6. NHMRC Project Grant (Jay O, Crandall C, Capon A, Fiatarone Singh M, Bi P, Gagnon D)
Title: Identifying optimal sustainable cooling strategies for the most vulnerable during heatwaves
Amount: $1,100,237 for 5 years (2018-22)
Our team is comprised of multidisciplinary academics and research partners with expertise in thermoregulatory physiology, climate change, cardiology, pharmacology, air pollution, neonatology, obstetrics, paediatric health, women’s health, ageing, epidemiology, infectious diseases, sports medicine, the built environment, sustainability, and community health.