Menzies Institute for Medical Research – Menzies

Founding Institutional Member Australian Cardiovascular Alliance.

MenziesMenzies exists to perform internationally significant medical research leading to healthier, longer and better lives for Tasmanians. Menzies has made significant research breakthroughs since it was established in 1988. Among our discoveries:

  • There is a link between babies’ sleeping position and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Genetic markers are linked to men’s risk of developing prostate cancer.
  • Children who are exposed to their parents’ cigarette smoke may suffer an irreversible impact to their cardiovascular health later in life.
  • Higher vitamin D levels are associated with a lower relapse risk in multiple sclerosis.
  • Childhood obesity does not permanently increase cardiovascular risk if obesity in adulthood is avoided.
  • Nerve cells in undamaged parts of the brain can remodel themselves in response to acquired brain injury.
  • Platelets found in the blood kill the malaria parasite during the early stages of a malarial infection.
  • Development of risk algorithms for prediction of heart failure in persons at risk of heart failure, and risk assessment for hospital re-admission in patients with heart failure.

We aim to contribute significantly to human health and wellbeing. Our vision is to save lives, by preventing and curing many diseases including arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes type-2, osteoporosis, mental health, obesity and dementia. Menzies conducts research that relies on the unique, stable base that characterises Tasmania’s population. We also undertake nationwide studies and collaborate with interstate and international researchers. Our context is an island community that has limited funding for health care and specific challenges relating to disadvantage. Our researchers take a ‘bench-to-bedside’ approach, which means we translate the knowledge we gain into health policies, training and recommendations for treatment. We also work with commercial partners to develop and apply our discoveries. Finally, we educate and train future research scientists, clinicians and health professionals.