Our story

SVI is an independent medical research institute that conducts 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

  • Cancer
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes and heart disease
  • Arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Infectious diseases
  • Alzheimer's and other neurological disorders

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.

Our vision is to be a thriving medical research institute that makes discoveries with impact.

Our values include excellence, passion, creativity, collaboration, individual drive, integrity and questioning of dogma.


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.