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The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is the oldest research institute in Australia and will celebrate its centenary in 2015.

Our affiliation with The Royal Melbourne Hospital links research outcomes with clinical practice to accelerate discoveries for health and disease. We offer postgraduate training as the Department of Medical Biology of The University of Melbourne.

Scientists undertake research in a range of areas, preventing and treating diseases including breast, ovarian and blood cancers, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, coeliac disease and malaria.

More than 60 clinical trials based on discoveries made at the institute are underway. These include trials of vaccines for type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease and malaria, and trials of a new class of anti-cancer agents for treating patients with leukaemia.


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.

Key objectives


To make discoveries in medical biology that shape contemporary thinking and paradigms and enhance the understanding and treatment of disease.


To convert our discoveries into improvements in disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment.


To develop and enrich the skills and experience of students and staff, allowing each person to realize their potential and contribute to a vibrant campus.


To engage with the community and develop support for medical research generally and the institute’s mission specifically.


To build an infrastructure, funding and research capacity that enables the institute to fulfill its mission.

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