The Women's & Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI) is an independent research institute committed to improving the health of women and children.


Established in 1989 as the Child Health Research Insitute, WCHRI now has over 60 staff and students involved in research focused on child and maternal nutrition, diseases of the blood and immune system, development and treatment of allergies in young children, repair of the digestive system and craniofacial abnormalities.


WCHRI formally joined the University of Adelaide as a controlled entity on 1 January 2013. The institute continues to operate as an independant medical research institute and remains an incorporated association under a Board appointed by the University.


WCHRI integrates early stage ('fundamental') research with later stage, strategic research and applying that knowledge to the development of new therapeutic or preventative health strategies. WCHRI combines quality research with relevance to health.