Our History

The Monash Institute of Medical Research was established in 1991 (as the Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development) by Professor David de Kretser AC and Emeritus Professor Alan Trounson.

The Institute originally brought together scientists and clinicians undertaking research into conception, birth and development at the Centre for Early Human Development, Monash Medical Centre, with Scientists working in the field of male reproductive health within the Department of Anatomy, Monash University.

Over the years, the research conducted at the Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development benefitted people worldwide, including infertile young people, premature babies and their families as well as men with prostate cancer.

In 2005, with recognition that its research had evolved beyond reproduction and development, the Institute became the Monash Institute of Medical Research. Following Professor de Kretser’s appointment as Governor of Victoria, Professor Bryan Williams, an internationally recognised cancer researcher, commenced as Institute Director in 2006.

Today, under Professor Williams’ leadership, MIMR has grown to 300 staff and students and its research areas have strengthened and diversified to also include cancer, biology, inflammation, infectious diseases, stem cells and women’s, men’s and children’s health.

 scientists in a laboratory

MIMR’s innovative research is highly collaborative, and is assisted by its location at Southern Health’s Monash Medical Centre. MIMR is a member of the Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP), in partnership with Monash Health (formerly, Southern Health), Prince Henry’s Institute and Monash University’s clinical departments.

MIMR, along with the precinct partners have an emphasis on translational research, integrating basic research with clinical studies in order to accelerate the transition into improved health outcomes.

Today the Monash Institute of Medical Research is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s premier research institutes.