SVI is an independent medical research institute conducting medical research into the cause, prevention and treatment of diseases that are common and have serious effects on health. We strive through our research to help alleviate the enormous financial, emotional and physical impacts of these diseases on individuals, their families and the community.
Diseases studied at SVI
Diabetes type 1 and 2
Obesity and heart disease
Arthritis and osteoporosis
Cancer and the spread of cancer
Infectious diseases such as Hepatitis and AIDS
Alzheimer's and other neurological disorders
SVI is affiliated with St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne and is a member institution of the Mary Aikenhead Ministries.
SVI hosts the National Serology Reference Laboratory and is a member of Bio 21; the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Diabetes (CCRE), located on the St Vincent’s campus; the St Vincent's Diabetes Centre of Excellence; the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes; and is accredited by the NHMRC. Through these links SVI provides a valuable service to clinical medicine, graduate education and community welfare.
Mission, vision and values
Our mission is to carry out the highest quality laboratory-based biomedical research in order to make discoveries that will improve the health of the community by prevention or better treatment of common diseases that cause premature death or reduced quality of life.
Our vision is to be a well-resourced environment recognised and valued by researchers, funding bodies and the community as having a critical mass of excellent, innovative and highly motivated scientists capable of addressing major health questions.
Our values include excellence, passion, creativity, collaboration, individual drive, integrity and questioning of dogma.