Queensland Institute of Medical Research

Established in 1945 by the Queensland Government, the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) is one of the largest and most successful medical research institutes in Australia, and is recognised worldwide for the quality of its research.

Originally established to further the study of tropical diseases in North Queensland, QIMR has broadened the scope of research to include the genetic and environmental influences of a range of diseases including cancer, asthma, HIV, malaria, endometriosis and dengue fever.

QIMR is home to more than 700 scientists, students and support staff in six research departments (in 50 separate laboratories) and a corporate division. Because of its close proximity to major teaching hospitals and The University of Queensland Medical School, the Institute is ideally placed for clinical research collaborations and as a centre for research seminars and symposia.


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