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The Institute is one of Australia’s leading biomedical research organisations, with a national and international reputation for performing highly influential basic and translational research. 

Our research

We are addressing some of the major health challenges of our time, with a focus on:

  • Cancer – understanding the basic processes that are disrupted to generate cancer cells, and how these can be targeted to treat disease
  • Immune health and infection – discovering how the body fights infection, and how errors in the immune system lead to disease
  • Development and ageing – studying how the biological foundations laid down during gestation and childhood affect development, and how our longer life expectancy presents new challenges for our ageing population

We are at the forefront of research innovation, with a strong commitment to excellence and investment in research computing, advanced technologies and developing new medicines and diagnostics.

The Institute is organised around five research themes:

  • Infection, Inflammation and Immunity
  • Cancer Research and Treatments
  • Health Development and Ageing
  • New Medicines and Advanced Technologies
  • Computational Biology

Our researchers are strongly supported by Professional Services teams.

Our students

The Institute offers postgraduate training as the Department of Medical Biology of The University of Melbourne, and is affiliated with the University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital


Mastery of disease through discovery. 


To be an innovative medical research institute that engages and enriches society and improves health outcomes through discovery, translation and education.


  • Pursuit of excellence
  • Integrity and mutual respect
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Accountability
  • Contribution to society
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The Nature Index placed the Institute as the top-ranked Australian medical research institute, and 19th amongst not-for-profit/non-governmental organisations worldwide.

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