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Why give to SVI?

SVI is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes. Established more than 50 years ago, our efforts are directed toward diseases that affect Australians, making discoveries that will lead to the prevention or better treatment of the common diseases that cause premature death or reduced quality of life.  SVI has attracted a dedicated team of over 160 staff and students, who are committed to improving the health and life-expectancy of all Australians.

Some of our most brilliant and talented young scientists have chosen to return to Australia to continue their research at SVI after working at prestigious international universities and organisations. They have chosen to come to SVI because our researchers are leaders in their fields.

Today, SVI has a dedicated team committed to improving the health and life expectancy of Australians. In 2011, SVI researchers had the highest success rate in Victoria (and second highest nationally) of grant funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).  As grants are awarded on a peer review basis, this achievement means that fellow researchers have consistently judged SVI research to have the potential to make significant advances towards curing disease.

The sheer number of people affected by common diseases and a deeply held desire to do something to alleviate the pain and suffering caused by these diseases is primarily what motivates our people.

SVI has the biggest group of type 1 diabetes researchers in Australia, and more recently, our researchers studying types 1 and 2 diabetes have emerged as national leaders in diabetes research. SVI researchers have made seminal discoveries about a protein that controls the body’s use of energy and are now developing ways to make the protein work to protect us against obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  

SVI research covers different aspects of cancer.  Our key focus is finding what goes wrong in the DNA of people with cancer, understanding how cancer cells spread and finding new and effective treatments.

Australia is an ageing society and Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for an ever-increasing social and economic burden on Australian families. The long-term aim of SVI’s Alzheimer’s disease research is to determine the structure of the proteins involved in the disease process, and to understand their function as a basis for the design of anti-Alzheimer's drugs.

Arthritis and osteoporosis are bone diseases that affect millions of Australians.  SVI has Australia’s most recognised bone research group and one of the top groups in the world in its area.  Our research is focussed on understanding how bone cells work within the context of the rest of the body, to enable us to develop new ways to treat these diseases.

The possibility of finding a cure or preventing these diseases is motivation enough for our world leading scientists.