The Westmead Institute for Medical Research is a large medical research institute located at Westmead in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. The institute is closely affiliated with Sydney Medical School and Westmead Hospital and comprises approximately 450 medical research and support staff. Originally named the Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, the institute was founded in 1996 through the merging of five research groups at the Westmead health campus, initially comprising just 40 medical researchers, and was renamed on 18 November 2015. The Westmead Institute has grown rapidly on the basis of peer-reviewed funding.
Research is organised into five key biological areas:
Infectious and immune diseases
Cancer and leukaemia
Liver and metabolic diseases
Eye and brain-related disorders
Heart and respiratory disordersProfessor Tony Cunningham has been the executive director of the institute since its inception.
The institute is closely affiliated with the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. As of 20 March 2016, the institute hosted more than 119 higher-degree research students.The institute is affiliated with Westmead Hospital.
Westmead Medical Research Foundation provides fundraising support and community advocacy for medical research and patient care at Westmead.