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The ANZAC Research Institute was first established in 1995, as an entity of Sydney Local Health District and research partner with the University of Sydney.

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The Institute was established in memory of Australia’s war veterans and their families to improve the future health and medical care for the Australasian community. We are located on the grounds of the Concord Repatriation General Hospital campus, a primary referral hospital within the District and a University of Sydney teaching hospital.

The Institute coordinates multidisciplinary, innovative research in biomedical discovery sciences linked with clinical and population health, and our medical scientists have received worldwide recognition for their significant achievements. Each research group within the Institute has strong networks with clinicians, health professionals, researchers, and academics across the Concord Repatriation General Hospital campus.

Our mission is to operate a state-of-the-art biomedical research institute on Concord Campus, affiliated with University of Sydney; to encourage, collaborate in and undertake basic, clinical and epidemiological research; to optimise support from the wider community in order to facilitate our vision; and to foster education and training in relevant research and health disciplines.

The ANZAC Institute continues to evolve as an Institute and with a transition of leadership there is an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to conducting research that improves the health and wellbeing of our community.

We will work to do this by:

  • Continuing to enhance our world class biomedical research facilities
  • Strengthening the link between the ANZAC and the wider Concord and Sydney Local Health District community
  • Facilitation of research
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusiveness
  • Investment in people, particularly our early and mid career researchers  
  • Being an active and visible part of the Concord Hospital community

Future goals

  • To facilitate the clinical trials hub on the Concord Hospital campus through active collaboration with the clinical trial teams already working at the Hospital, as well as developing new expertise
  • To work with, and for the communities deeply connected with Concord Hospital, our First Nations People and veterans


The ANZAC Research Institute has its roots in the opening of Concord Hospital in 1941 as an army hospital, and after World War II as a repatriation hospital. The building of the ANZAC Research Institute was made possible through generous contributions by the Federal and State governments in the 1990s the through the Australia Remembers campaign.

The building opened by mid-2000 and the ANZAC Research Institute started operations later that year. The Institute expanded in 2009 when the Bernie Banton Centre was opened to house the Asbestos Dust Diseases Research Institute and additional facilities for the ANZAC Research Institute.

Its broad mission was to investigate diseases associated with ageing, giving it an identity quite separate from any other institute.

The first medical scientists were Professor Handelsman’s Andrology group, followed by Professor Garth Nicholson’s team of neurogenetics and neurobiology researchers. The first of the Institute's Research groups close cooperative links to departments at Concord Hospital.

Professor Handelsman became the Institute’s inaugural director and steered the facility for 20 years stepping down in 2021 to take up an NHMRC Investigator Grant. His unwavering commitment to establishing and building the ANZAC Research Institute, whilst continuing a significant research interest in andrology are testament to a career dedicated to clinical research.

Healing the Past, Present & Future

Healing the Past, Present & Future by artist Lee Hampton is a representation and celebration of the ANZAC Research Institute's continued partnership with Concord Hospital.
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Our team


Professor Victoria Cogger

Chief Operations Officer  Julie Taranto
Finance Manager Annet Doss
Information Communication Technology Manager  Justin Crosbie
Human Resources Manager Yuthika Rao
Technical Maintenance Manager Susan Zhou
Receptionist Tracey Dent

Our partners

Sydney Local Health District

One of the leading Local Health District's in Australia. Home to world leading hospitals, clinical services and community health centres, innovation and research.

University of Sydney

Australia’s first university, one of the top universities in Sydney, Australia, and is consistently ranked in the top 50 universities in the world.

Concord Hospital

Concord Repatriation General Hospital is one of the state’s leading teaching hospitals, serving the community since 1941. The Hospital offers a comprehensive range of specialty and sub-specialty services, many are recognised nationally and internationally as centres of excellence. 

Sydney Health Partners

A partnership aiming to transform the way research improves patient care and public health in our health system through strong collaboration, inclusive thinking and an overriding commitment to meet the health needs of our community. 

Sydney Research

Sydney Research is a unique collaboration bringing together health, research, academia and industry.

    How you can support us

    The growth and development of the ANZAC Research Institute depends on the support and generosity of both private and corporate donors to the Foundation. We would like to thank our loyal supporters for your generosity and urge everyone to keep the Foundation's work in mind when opportunities arise to foster Australian science and medical progress.

    To support the ANZAC Research Institute you can make a donation online or by mail or leave a Bequest. 

    Donations to the ANZAC Research Institute can also be made by Credit Card.
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