Since 1999, the Institute has delivered high-impact evidence from a large program of research and innovation that has influenced health policy and healthcare practice worldwide. From modest beginnings, the founders have built a team of more than 600 staff (as of early 2017) across centres in Australia, India, China and the United Kingdom. The Institute's projects now span more than 50 countries, we have raised almost $750 million for global health research since 1999 and we have been ranked among the top 10 research institutions in the world for scientific impact.
In 1999, with the support of the University of Sydney Medical School, The George Institute was established in Australia with the aim of creating a world-class centre for research in global health. The George Institute, Australia has now grown to comprise hundreds of staff, multiple research divisions, several research centres and a number of strategic enterprises. Australia remains the global headquarters for the Institute.
In 2017, The George Institute, Australia began a new affiliation with UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales).
The establishment of the China-Australia Partnership for Health in 2004 marked the beginning of The George Institute’s development in China. In 2007, The George Institute, China (GIC) was officially launched as an entity. In 2009, GIC hosted the China International Center for Chronic Disease Prevention with the aim of undertaking more appropriate and effective research to prevent and manage chronic diseases in China.
In 2012 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC) was signed and GIC became an official affiliate of PUHSC. Building and coordinating a broad alliance between governments, universities, hospitals, and other research organizations across China, it has become a leading health organization in China after years of development with over 70 full-time staff. It attracts numerous international and domestic visiting fellows and interns every year to participate in its research projects.
The George Institute for Global Health in India is located in New Delhi and has been active in India for much of the past decade. An initial focus was the state of Andhra Pradesh and in 2002 the Institute launched the Andhra Pradesh Rural Health Initiative in partnership with the Centre for Chronic Disease Control in New Delhi. Subsequently, The George Institute, India was formally established in Hyderabad in 2007. The administrative office was shifted to New Delhi in 2012 and the Hyderabad Office continues to be the registered office and a research centre. The Institute employs about 50 members and manages a range of clinical trials and population health studies throughout India. The Institute works closely with the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Public Health Foundation of India.
The George Institute started its work in the United Kingdom by establishing an office in London in 2004 to house a research group analysing investment trends in the development of new treatments for neglected diseases. In 2008, the group received a major award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In 2010 The George Centre for Healthcare Innovation was established in partnership with the University of Oxford, with generous support from the Oxford Martin School founded by Dr James Martin. In 2013 the centre changed its name to The George Institute for Global Health, UK. The same year, the Institute organised the "Big Change: Sustainable Healthcare for the 21st Century" conference, a multi-disciplinary event focused on strategies to accelerate affordable, innovative healthcare solutions in resource-poor settings. The Institute also played the lead role in setting up the Oxford-India Health Research Network, which is a multi-disciplinary, voluntary and informal network of health-related and India-focussed researchers and students at the University.
In November 2015, the Institute moved to the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, within the Medical Sciences Division, creating new opportunities to work together towards improving the health of women and babies around the world, and contributing to the Institute's mission globally to increase access to quality health care for millions of people worldwide - with a particular focus on vulnerable populations in resource-poor settings.