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

Mission, vision and values

Our mission is to create and harness knowledge of disease in order to improve health outcomes for those in need.

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

Our values are excellence, integrity, passion, generosity, creativity and collaboration.

Strategic goals

  1. Deliver impact through research excellence & its translation
  2. Support and attract outstanding researchers
  3. Enable research innovation through cutting-edge facilities and services
  4. Grow research capacity & capability

Affiliations & partnerships

SVI operates within one of the world’s most dynamic biomedical hubs. We are affiliated with St. Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne), The University of Melbourne and are a member institution of the Mary Aikenhead Ministries. We are a partner in the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery and collaborate with other national and international research institutes to maximize our impact.

We invite you to learn more about SVI on the pages that follow.