The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

Profile stories

At the George Institute for Global Health, we know that investment in people is what brings about real change. It’s this view of capacity building that underpins The George Institute’s development strategy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, exemplified by the Statistical Division team when they took on Jared Field, a pure mathematics student at the University of Sydney.

Ashleigh Provest has been with The George Institute for Global Heath for a year as our Business Administration Trainee. Her role is to ensure that our researchers and employees are working in a well organised environment. She has undertaken a Certificate III in Business Administration, which has given her the skills to help the George Institute run smoothly. The recruitment company that placed Ashleigh at The George Institute will be submitting a nomination for her for NSW Trainee of the Year.

Amanda Hall is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Research Fellow (Knowledge Translation Branch). Her fellowship research is being undertaken at The George Instittue for Global Health at the University of Oxford.

Dr Maoyi TIAN, research fellow at The George Institute for Global Health at Peking University Health Science Center, has successfully won the Northern Pacific Global Health Fellowship sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

What is your job and what does it involve?

I am currently a Research Fellow and the Global Database Manager for The George Institute's Food Policy Division. My main responsibility is the development, coordination and expansion of a global, branded-food composition database that tracks the nutritional content of processed foods. The global database is used to examine how branded-food composition databases can be used to monitor changes in the nutrient composition of processed and fast foods globally.

Dr Lisa Keay has been working at The George Institute for Global Health for seven years. Here, she talks about what motivates her.


Tracey Chantler is a Research Fellow in Health Services and Systems Research at the George Centre for Healthcare Innovation. She supports the social science research components of projects which form part of the Essential Health Care programme.

Senior research fellow Christine Lin is a former physiotherapist who has worked at The George Institute for five years, looking at the costs and benefits of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain. Here, she tells us how she hopes her work will support better decision-making around choice of treatments.


Professor Stephen MacMahon, a founder of The George Institute for Global Health and an architect of its global expansion, is the 2013 Australian Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur Of The Year.

As the center coordinator at China International Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and the research coordinator at Primary Care and Population Health Program, Rong LUO is currently working on a project proposal about stroke rehabilitation with Professor Lijing L. YAN.