What we do

It’s hard to imagine a ramshackle, run-down hut in Herston, Brisbane, rumoured to house the cadavers from the nearby University of Queensland School of Medicine, was the birthplace of one of Australia’s most successful medical research institutes.

From these humble beginnings in 1945, the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, now known as QIMR Berghofer, is renowned for its rich history of scientific discoveries. Click here to read more about our history.

At QIMR Berghofer, we seek to discover, diagnose and deliver better treatments for some of the world’s deadliest diseases. 

Every day, our team of 1000 scientists, support staff and students lives out the Institute’s mission to achieve better health through medical research. Translating discoveries from bench to bedside and progressing research from hopeful theory to daily reality, we are saving lives.

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute is: 


Better health through medical research.


To be a world renowned medical research institution that translates discoveries into clinical practice.


Our strategic plan 2021-2025 expresses our vision for a better future of health through four main objectives:

  1. Foster Scientific Excellence
  2. Build scientific, institutional and international connectivity
  3. Undertake research with economic, clinical and community consequences
  4. Strengthen enabling mechanisms


Working in close collaboration with clinicians and other research institutes, QIMR Berghofer is home to 1000 scientists, students and support staff.

The Institute has an active program for the patenting and commercialisation of technologies, including those developed in conjunction with academic or commercial collaborators.

QIMR Berghofer also has facilities for the GMP manufacture of cell-based and molecular therapies, namely Q-Gen Cell Therapeutics. Also co-located within the Institute is a commercial Phase I/II clinical trials facility, allowing QIMR Berghofer scientists and external clients the extended and unique capability for taking research findings from the laboratory bench to the hospital bedside.

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