About us

About Us

About Wesley Medical Research

Wesley Medical Research was established in 1994 and is an independent not-for-profit medical research organisation with a strong focus in applied medical research. 

Applied medical research converts scientific knowledge and discoveries into clinical applications in the form of improved diagnostic techniques, new treatment options and better management and recovery pathways.

Our focus on applied medical research has advantages including the efficient use of time and money. Unlike laboratory-based research which takes over a decade to show results, the majority of our research will result in visible medical advancements, better healthcare practices and lasting patient benefits within five years.

Wesley Medical Research empowers and encourages those who have direct contact and access to patients to undertake research, such as doctors, nurses and other health professionals in hospitals.

Wesley Medical Research has five core business units:

  • Research and Clinical Trials
  • Biobank Tissue Bank
  • Clinical Informatics Unit
  • Marketing and Fundraising
  • Corporate Support Services

In addition to our staff, Wesley Medical Research has a wide range of people involved in the organisation and critical to our work. They include our volunteers, our volunteer board and committee members, doctors and scientific collaborators, who receive nothing but a sense of personal satisfaction and recognition for their contribution to the collective achievements at Wesley Medical Research. 

 The Organisation is limited by guarantee and governed by a Board of Directors and a company Constitution.


“Immediate improvements in patient care and quality of life through applied medical research.”


“A world leader in applied medical research acknowledged for achieving excellence and innovation in patient care. WMR fosters a strong research culture in UnitingCare Health hospitals, improving patient outcomes by linking medical research and clinical practice.”


Encouraging and supporting clinicians and other health professionals to undertake applied medical research to improve patient care and quality of life through:

  • Faster, more accurate diagnosis.
  • Fewer, less severe side effects.
  • New treatments for faster, improved recovery.

Significant Milestones

  • 2019 – WMR celebrates 25 year anniversary
  • 2019 – Dr Claudia Giurgiuman appointed General Manager.
  • 2018 – Assoc. Prof John Allan appointed CEO
  • 2017 – WMR condensed research into five theme areas: Neuroscience, Cardiology, Surgical and Medical Innovations, Infections & Critical Illness, Rural & Remote Health
  • 2016 – WMR re-organised our research into seven theme areas: Neuroscience, Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery, Cancer, Infections & Critical Illness, Women’s & Children’s Health, Surgical & Medical Innovations, Rural & Remote Health.
  • 2016 – WMR BioBank launched as new name of Queensland’s largest bio-repository of human biological samples, blood and data
  • 2015 – Prof David Paterson appointed CEO of WMR
  • 2015 – The institute rebranded to Wesley Medical Research (WMR)
  • 2014 – The Wesley Research Institute merges with St. Andrew’s Medical Institute to form Wesley-St. Andrew’s Research Institute (WSARI)
  • 2013 – Prof Christian Gericke was appointed CEO of WRI.
  • 2012 – Prof Julie Campbell AO retired after 16 years as Director of WRI.
  • 2011 – Ventyx committed $1.5 million to the Wesley Research Institute Tissue Bank.
  • 2009 – Queensland Premier Anna Bligh opened the Health and Medical Research Centre funded by a $10 million grant from the Queensland Government’s Smart State Research Facilities Fund.
  • 2007 – Queensland Premier Peter Beattie opened the new Clinical Trials Centre and Tissue Bank funded through $800 000 and $1.42 million grants respectively from the Queensland Government’s Smart State Research Facilities Fund.
  • 2005 – The Institute received a $10 million grant from Atlantic Philanthropies.
  • 1998 – The first Research Fellowship awarded to Dr Tara Veveris-Lowe.
  • 1996 – Professor Julie Campbell AO appointed as the Institute’s first Director.
  • 1994 – Inaugural Board meeting.

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