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Research

St Vincent’s Health Australia has long standing relationships with some of the country’s leading medical research institutes: the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the O’Brien Institute and St Vincent’s Institute.

Our research partners also include the University of Melbourne, the Bionic Ear Institute, the University of Wollongong, the Melanoma Institute Australia, the Urban Mental Health Research Institute, the University of New South Wales, University of Tasmania, the Institute of Virology and the Australian Catholic University.

St Vincent’s Health Australia understands the vital role that medical research plays in improving health outcomes. Our researchers and clinicians work together to bring about advances in medical care that are directly applicable to clinical practice.

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

A caring surgeon, researcher and humanitarian, Dr Victor Chang founded the National Heart Transplant Program at St Vincent’s Hospital in 1984 and spearheaded the Heart of St Vincent’s Appeal in 1990.

This Appeal raised much-needed funds for a Cardiac Transplant Ward and Cardiac Diagnostic Unit at St Vincent’s – and created the impetus for establishing the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute after his untimely death in 1991.

In Australia, more than 10,000 people die from heart failure every year. It remains the most common cause of hospital admissions for people aged over 65, however it can affect anyone regardless of age or gender.

Through heart surgery, Dr Victor Chang was able to save hundreds of lives, but he knew that research could save thousands.

For more information about this valuable research, please visit www.victorchang.edu.au

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is a world leader in biomedical research, pioneering study into some of the most widespread diseases affecting our community today.

Research at Garvan is focused on understanding the role of genes and molecular and cellular processes in health and disease as the basis for developing future cures.

For over 45 years, significant breakthroughs have been achieved by Garvan scientists in the understanding and treatment of diseases such as:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes and obesity
  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and other immune disorders
  • Pituitary disorders

Garvan’s ultimate goal is prevention and cure of these major diseases. Please visit www.garvan.org.au for more information.

St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research (including The O'Brien Institute)

The St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research (SVI) is an independent medical research institute conducting medical research into the cause, prevention and treatment of diseases that are common and have serious effects on health. We strive through our research to help alleviate the enormous financial, emotional and physical impacts of these diseases on individuals, their families and the community.

Diseases studied at SVI include:

  • Diabetes type 1 and 2
  • Obesity and heart disease
  • Arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Cancer and the spread of cancer
  • Infectious diseases such as Hepatitis and AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders

In April 2015, The O’Brien Institute merged with SVI. This merger between two research organisations that already had much in common represented a consolidation and strengthening for significant mutual gain. The merger offered a more diverse, more robust research body, with complementary interests and areas of interest.

Having led the way led the way in clinical and experimental research in the area of microsurgery over the past 40 years, the O'Brien Department within SVI has made striking advances in the delicate craft of replantation surgery and the transfer by microsurgical techniques of body parts and tissue to reconstruct people maimed by trauma, cancer, burns and congenital deformity.

The Institute is now recognised internationally as a leader in the fields of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Surgery. This research includes a special focus on adult stem cells derived from fat tissue and their capacity to grow into specific organ and tissue types and to regenerate damaged tissues. It has multiple applications for wound repair, reversal of radiation injury, and organ regeneration including cardiac and liver.

SVI is affiliated with St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne and is a member institution of the Mary Aikenhead Ministries.

Please visit www.svi.edu.au for more information.