The Garvan Institute of Medical Research has been one of Australia’s best facilities in biomedical research for the past 45 years. It aims to study the genetic processes of different diseases that affect society today, and someday find ways to prevent their occurrence or cure individuals afflicted with them. Research at the institute focuses on common diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Osteoporosis, and immune disorders to name a few.
Starting out as a research department in St. Vincent’s Hospital which was established in 1857, the Garvan Institute was finally recognized as an autonomous, non-profit research institute in 1984 by the New Wales South Parliament when the Garvan Institute of Medical Research Act was passed. Garvan was named after James Patrick Garvan, the father of one of the primary donors of the institute when it was still a part of St. Vincent. It was in 1986 when the Garvan Institute was awarded a grant by the National Health and Medical Research Council, increasing the funding for a bigger facility and allowing more research to be done. It took four years, from 1994 to 1997, for Garvan’s world-class, modern-day research facility to be completed.
Home to over four hundred scientists, students, and support staff, Garvan has become Australia’s largest medical research facility, collaborating with institutions such as hospitals and other medical research facilities in Australia and around the world. Garvan is now recognized as a leader in genetic research, paving the way for a better understanding of diseases that take root at the cellular and molecular level of the human body.
The Garvan Institute also established a research foundation, aptly named the Garvan Research Foundation, in 1981 to raise funds for the institutes many research programs. The foundation was able to raise $110,000 during the first year of fundraising, to over $21 million in the year 2010. The foundation is also involved in bringing the importance of medical research to the community through different Public Engagement Programs.
With state of the art technology and expert medical researchers, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research has well earned its title was a leader and pioneer of medical research, nationally and internationally.