Garvan Institute of Medical Research
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research was founded in 1963 by the Sisters of Charity. Initially a research department of St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, it is now one of Australia's largest medical research institutions with approximately 500 scientists, students and support staff. The current director is John Mattick.
Garvan's research programs are based around the major diseases in today's society: cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's; as well as eating disorders, and autoimmune and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. It specialises in genetic and molecular technologies, and emphasises collaborative research.
Funds for its establishment were provided by a hospital appeal. Helen Mills, the largest donor, asked for the centre to be named after her father, the late James Patrick Garvan (1843-1896), a distinguished New South Wales parliamentarian and business leader. The Kinghorn Cancer Centre was opened on 28 August 2012 by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The centre is named after prominent Sydney businessman, John Kinghorn, who was declared guilty of corrupt conduct by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in July 2013.
Structure and organisation
The Garvan Research Foundation was established in 1981 to provide fundraising support to the Institute’s medical research programs. The Foundation has successfully grown from a fundraising base of $110,000 in its first year to over $21 million in 2010.
In addition to its fundraising activities, the Foundation's activities have since expanded to support the Institute with a Public Engagement Program. This initiative aims to increase understanding of the need for and importance of Garvan's medical research across the broader community. The current Chief Executive Officer is Andrew Giles.
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