George Institute for Global Health

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The George Institute for Global Health
Established1999 (1999)
MissionImprove the health of millions of people worldwide
FocusGlobal epidemics, particularly of chronic diseases and injury
ChairmanMike Hawker AM
Principal Directors
  • Prof. Stephen MacMahon
  • Prof. Robyn Norton
FacultyUNSW Sydney
Staff600 (2017)[1]

The George Institute for Global Health, also called The George, is an independent medical research institute. The George Institute conducts research that targets preventable illnesses and injuries that are the leading causes of death and disability worldwide, including heart and kidney disease, stroke, diabetes, and injury. It is ranked in the leading ten research institutions in the world for research impact by the SCImago Institutions Rankings World Reports.[2]

With its head office located in Australia, the George Institute conducts research in more than fifty countries, with other bases in China, India and the United Kingdom.[citation needed]


The institute develops prevention and treatments for disease and injury control for the Asia Pacific region. They use through large-scale[3][4] health research[5][6] evidence-based research to treat the leading causes of death and disability; engaging with partners and decision makers to make changes to improve health outcomes, particularly in resource poor areas; and building capacity among health professionals, healthcare providers and education for communities to ensure sustainable health outcomes.

Between 1999 and 2017, the George has consumed over A$750 million in research grant and fundraising.[7] With over 600 staff globally, the Institute collaborates with universities, health professionals, hospitals and governments.[8][self-published source?]

The Institute's areas of expertise include chronic diseases, such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and stroke; and injury prevention, including road safety, falls prevention and frailty management in an effort to avoid disability.[9][10][11][12][13]

Founded by Professors Stephen MacMahon and Robyn Norton, the George is affiliated with the universities of New South Wales,[1] Peking, and Oxford;[14][self-published source?] having previously been affiliated with The University of Sydney between 1999 and 2017.[1] The George Institute is one of only three academic research organisations accredited to run clinical trials, which ensure unbiased rigor and improved ability to disseminate findings, with the other two organisations being the University of Oxford and Duke University (USA). The George Institute is currently chaired by Mike Hawker AM and the Institute’s board members are business and scientific leaders in both Australia and internationally.

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  2. ^ "Scimago Research Rankings". Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Joint Statement From The American Diabetes Association And American Association Of Clinical Endocrinologists". Medical News Today. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Largest Ever Trial Conducted In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Complete - "Advance Will Have Huge Implications For Care Of Patients Worldwide"". Medical News Today. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Largest Ever Asian Smoking Study Reveals Cardiovascular Health Risks". Medical News Today. 25 September 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  6. ^ Sinha, Kounteya (5 September 2007). "BP drugs cut stroke risk in diabetics". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  7. ^ "George Institute looks to big funds for impact health projects". Investor Strategy: News. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  8. ^ "History of The George Institute". The George Institute for Global Health. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Persistent Low-Back Pain Reduced By Motor Control Exercises". Medical News Today. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  10. ^ "Research Proves Tai Chi Benefits For Arthritis". Medical News Today. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  11. ^ "Back pain hurts 5 million Aussies". Science Alert. 16 December 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  12. ^ "Back pain recovery is slow". Science Alert. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
  13. ^ Herbert, Robert D.; de Noronha, Marcos; Kamper, Steven J. (6 July 2011). "Stretching to prevent or reduce muscle soreness after exercise". The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (7): CD004577. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD004577.pub3. ISSN 1469-493X. PMID 21735398.
  14. ^ "Affiliates of The George Institute" Retrieved on 2017-05-16.

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