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About Us

About Wesley Medical Research

Established on 8th December 1994 by a group of dedicated doctors, Wesley Medical Research is Queensland’s second-oldest medical research institute.

For the past 26 years, Wesley Medical Research has continued to push the frontiers of medicine, delivering real impact to patients while contributing to knowledge globally.

As the official research organisation for UnitingCare Health, the research activity undertaken by Wesley Medical Research aims to span all UnitingCare hospitals including The Wesley Hospital, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Buderim Private Hospital at the Sunshine Coast, and St Stephen’s Hospital at Hervey Bay. In addition to our hospital remit, Wesley Medical Research is also focused on improving health particularly in rural and remote communities.

In Dec 2019, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary

The majority of our research will result in visible medical advancements, better healthcare practices and lasting patient benefits within five years.

From the beginning, Wesley Medical Research has encouraged and supported research initiated by people who really know the value of clinical research – practising doctors, nurses and allied health professionals in our UnitingCare network. They are driven by a desire to give patients better treatment options and improved quality of life for a range of contemporary diseases and health issues.

Wesley Medical Research operates a world-class biobank. This critical resource is a bio-repository of human biological samples, blood and data available for researchers in Australia and internationally. Bio-medical researchers use these samples in their research to understand and ultimately find cures for the most debilitating diseases.

Wesley Medical Research has the following core business activities:

  • Clinical Trials Centre
  • Biobank
  • Clinical Innovation (Investigator-Initiated Research)
  • Programs of Research Excellence (e.g. neurology, infectious diseases, coeliac disease and immune health)

These activities are supported by:

  • 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. Wesley Medical Research fosters a strong research culture in UnitingCare 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

  • 2020 – Dr Claudia Giurgiuman appointed CEO of Wesley Medical Research
  • 2020 – Launched WMR COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Centre rolling grant round to fast track research to combat COVID-19
  • 2019 – Wesley Medical Research celebrates 25 year anniversary
  • 2019 – Dr Claudia Giurgiuman appointed General Manager reporting to the Board
  • 2018 – Assoc. Prof John Allan appointed CEO
  • 2017 – Research condensed into five theme areas: Neuroscience, Cardiology, Surgical and Medical Innovations, Infections & Critical Illness, Rural & Remote Health
  • 2016 – Research re-organised into seven theme areas: Neuroscience, Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery, Cancer, Infections & Critical Illness, Women’s & Children’s Health, Surgical & Medical Innovations, Rural & Remote Health.
  • 2016 – Wesley Medical Research BioBank launched as the new name of state-of-the-art bio-repository of human biological samples, blood and data
  • 2015 – Prof David Paterson appointed CEO of Wesley Medical Research
  • 2015 – The institute rebranded to Wesley Medical Research
  • 2014 – The Wesley Research Institute merges with St. Andrew’s Medical Institute to form Wesley-St. Andrew’s Research Institute
  • 2013 – Prof Christian Gericke was appointed CEO of Wesley Research Institute.
  • 2012 – Prof Julie Campbell AO retired after 16 years as Director of Wesley Research Institute.
  • 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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