Over the last decade, 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 300 staff across centres in Australia, India, China and the United Kingdom. The Institute's projects now span more than 40 countries worldwide.
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 150 staff, six research divisions, several research centres and a number of strategic enterprises across two major metropolitan sites in Sydney. Australia remains the global headquarters for the Institute.
The China-Australia Partnership for Health was established in 2004 as a collaboration between The George Institute and Peking University Health Science Centre (PUHSC). The George Institute, China was officially launched in 2007 and continues to build and coordinate a broad alliance between governments, universities, hospitals and other research organisations across China. Based in the Haidian District of Beijing, the Institute recently launched the International Centre for the Prevention of Chronic Diseases in association with Chinese, Australian, US and British partners. The institute employs around 50 staff in China.
The George Institute has been active in India for much of the past decade. An initial focus was the State of Andhra Pradesh, where 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 Institute now employs about 50 staff memebers 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 on India.
The George Institute established 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 which now underpins their research program. In 2010, the Institute, in partnership with the University of Oxford, will launch The George Centre for Healthcare Innovation, a major new initiative focussed on essential health care, affordable health technologies and evidence-based health policy.