Annual reports

Annual reports

If you would like a hard copy or earlier annual reports, including highlights and financial statements, email or phone +61 3 9345 2555.

2022 Annual Report

WEHI marked another year of remarkable achievements in research, discovery, translation and collaboration in 2022, including: 

  • the first National Conference of The Brain Cancer Centre and the launch of a world-first perioperative brain cancer clinical trial platform (Brain-POP)  
  • important discoveries and advances in COVID-19, gene silencing, colon cancer, malaria and diabetes  
  • significant national awards and honours for deputy director Professor Alan Cowman AC, Professor Clare Scott AM and Professor Sant-Rayn Pasricha. 

The 2022 Annual Report includes highlights of these achievements – with links to more extensive reports on our website – together with overviews of significant initiatives across our operations.

View the 2022 Annual Report Financial Statements.

2021 Annual Report

The 2021 Annual Report showcases an exciting year of discoveries, partnerships and organisational activity at WEHI. A few highlights include:

  • the Brain Cancer Centre, founded by Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer and established in partnership with WEHI
  • the Centre for Biologic Therapies, launched by WEHI in partnership with our long-term collaborator CSL
  • WEHI’s multidisciplinary response to find much-needed treatments, rapid diagnostic tools and optimal vaccine strategies for COVID-19

Our 2021 Annual Report again includes augmented reality experiences. Download the WEHI AR app to your smartphone and use it to scan the augmented reality content on the cover and elsewhere throughout the report.
Visit the WEHI AR page for further information.


2020 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report cover imageWEHI launched its new brand in 2020, heralding a bright new era for our institute. The 2020 Annual Report describes this journey as well as research highlights, including:

  • WEHI's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the launch of a new multidisciplinary coronavirus research program.
  • Progress towards better treatments for several types of cancer, as well as degenerative conditions and iron deficiency.
  • The discovery of the cellular and molecular origins of different blood cell types.


Our 2020 Annual Report includes augmented reality experiences. Download the WEHI AR app to your smartphone and use it to scan the augmented reality content on the cover and elsewhere throughout the report.
Visit the WEHI AR page for further information.


2019 Annual Report cover2019 Annual Report

 Highlights from the Institute in 2019 include:

  • Implementing the first year of our Strategic Plan 2019-2023, supporting our commitment to improving the lives of those suffering from disease
  • Establishing the National Drug Discovery Centre to bring medicines to patients sooner
  • Anti-cancer treatment venetoclax listed on the Australian PBS


Annual report cover2018 Annual Report

This annual report highlights how our decade-long commitment to recruiting a new generation of scientific leaders has paid dividends. 

Our scientific achievements of 2018 include:

  • landmark discoveries about the molecules driving lung cancer
  • studies that improve the management of coeliac disease
  • discoveries providing new insights into cell biology, enabled by our Centre for Dynamic Imaging


Annual report cover2017 Annual Report

In 2017 our scientists led many advances in both fundamental and translational research. These include:

  • progressing clinical trials in breast cancer
  • explaining in more detail how the body maintains balance in the immune system for good health
  • applying bioinformatics and imaging techniques to unravel the biology of a neglected parasitic disease


2016 Annual Report cover image2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Annual Report showcases an exciting year of scientific and organisational activity at the Institute.

Several key research advances shed light on fundamental biological processes, moving us closer to better health outcomes for patients. Among these are:

  • a potential new approach to breast cancer in women who carry the BRCA1 gene
  • using the genome sequence of the scabies and malaria parasites to identify potential new treatment approaches
  • study of cone snail venom to inform more efficient therapies for diabetes


2015 Annual Report cover2015 Annual Report

"If one message came from our researchers and our supporters in 2015, it was that there is great optimism and hope for all that the Institute can achieve in its second century," Institute director Professor Doug Hilton

This past year has seen advances in understanding how malaria persists in populations, the development of potential new treatments for cancers, and new insights into immune disorders, including immunodeficiencies, allergies and coeliac disease.




2014 Annual Report cover2014 Annual Report

This report covers only six months due to the change in financial year, to better align the Institute with the government grant cycle.

This year, in consultation with staff, students, supporters and collaborators, we have been developing a new five-year strategic plan that will follow on from our current plan, guiding our operations from 2015 to 2020.

Our researchers have made many exciting research breakthroughs this year, and have been duly rewarded with notable prizes and competitive grants.

View the Financial Statements 1 July - 31 December 2014.


2013-14 WEHI Annual Report cover

2013-2014 Annual Report

The Institute's 2013-2014 Annual Report includes highlights from the previous 12 months of research, translation, education, engagement and sustainability activities at the Institute.

  • Finding the cause of inflammatory disease
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Science to Professor Terry Speed
  • Trial results bringing high hopes for advanced leukaemia
  • Viruses light White Night festival
  • Acknowledging and thanking our supporters


2012-13 WEHI Annual Report cover

2012-2013 Annual Report

The Institute is home to almost 750 researchers who are working to understand, prevent and treat diseases including cancer, immune disorders and infectious diseases.

Making major discoveries requires teams of researchers and clinicians who are willing to work with each other over many years while supported by stable funding. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all and to encourage you to read this report and take pride in the work that you have allowed to happen.





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2011-2012 Annual Report

2010-2011 Annual Report

Two researchers smiling at the camera

The Nature Index placed the Institute as the top-ranked Australian medical research institute, and 19th amongst not-for-profit/non-governmental organisations worldwide.