Improving the health of millions of people worldwide

The George is 600+ people globally focused on improving the health of millions of people. A medical research institute with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to find the best ways to prevent and treat chronic disease and injury, and to influence policy and practice worldwide.

Affiliated with Oxford University, UNSW Sydney and the Peking University Health Science Centre, we have a global network of collaborations and top experts across many research areas, clinical trials, health policy and capacity building.  A respected voice in global health, The George has attracted significant funding from government, philanthropic organisations and industry to grow our global impact. Our research is often published in top tier academic journals internationally, with over 6000 publications to-date, and recognised for excellence, impact and innovation.

Our innovative commercial enterprises – such as Contract Research Organization, George Clinical – help maximise our impact. 

Just a sample of the things we’ve done with significant positive impact on global health:

  • We are identifying better and safer treatments for our biggest killers like stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure.

  • In many countries, our award winning FoodSwitch smartphone app is helping people make healthy food choices when shopping.

  • We’ve shown that simple text messaging can help prevent heart attack and stroke. Now, we’re working with Google to roll this out globally to prevent chronic diseases affecting millions of people.

  • In China, we ran a successful education and awareness program to reduce the amount of salt eaten by people by 25% each day, potentially saving up to 125,000 lives a year.

  • In rural India, we’ve shown that mobile technology can help diagnose mental health, as well as help treat cardiovascular disease, and we’re looking at similar approaches to treating chronic diseases in Indonesia and China.

  • Together with Aboriginal communities in NSW, Australia, we’ve developed an innovative community led program to assist young Aboriginal drivers attain their license, now implemented in a dozen of locations.

  • We’re developing an affordable dialysis machine, with potential to save millions of lives each year and transform the way kidney disease is treated globally. 

  • And much more!