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The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is Australia's oldest medical research institute.

It was founded in 1915 with financial support from a trust established by Eliza Hall, following the death of her husband Walter.

The vision was for an institute that 'will be the birthplace of discoveries rendering signal service to mankind in the prevention and removal of disease and the mitigation of suffering'.


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Source: 2017 Annual Report


Three nationally and globally significant areas of health have been long-term central interests of our research:

  • Cancer - understanding the basic processes that are disrupted to generate cancer cells and how these can be targeted to treat disease
  • Immune disorders - discovering how the body fights infection, and how errors in the immune system lead to disease
  • Infectious diseases - with a focus on globally significant pathogens, especially malaria and chronic infections

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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