Our story

In the world of medical research — in the quest for scientific breakthroughs and life-saving discoveries — the starting point takes on extra significance.

Indeed, the march towards a new treatment, a novel drug therapy or an ultimate cure always starts with a probing question, a singular hypothesis, a landmark research study.

For six decades SVI has taken on the challenge of fundamentally understanding and ultimately conquering common diseases. At SVI, we have a singular mission, but not a singular disease focus. Our efforts begin at the front end of discovery, even as we consider how our contributions can bring health and healing to patients as quickly as possible.

That’s where hope begins.

“Society is a bit out of kilter, putting tennis players and footy players on pedestals. The real icons are researchers like those at SVI. That’s who should be on the pedestal. It’s important, wherever possible, to acknowledge, respect and credit their work, as all humanity benefits.” − Philip Spry-Bailey AO, long-time SVI supporter


Diseases studied

  • Cancer
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes and obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Bone diseases, including osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer's disease