Supporting researchers in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven

The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) is a not-for-profit charity and independent Medical Research Institute that supports scientists, clinicians and health professionals in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven.

We provide a range of services to help affiliated researchers focus on what they do best—discovering new insights into the human body, finding better ways to treat disease and illness, and improving clinical practice. 

We support health and medical researchers at every stage of their career, whether based in a laboratory or in a hospital ward. We also help researchers collaborate with each other so that new projects can flourish and deliver tangible health care outcomes.

Become an affiliated researcher

As a major participant in our region’s health and medical sector, we are able to provide affiliated researchers with personalised support and assistance.

Learn more about the benefits of affiliation

Dr Rebecca Stanley, Dame Bridget Ogilvie and Kelly Lambert. Photo by Mark Newsham.

Funding opportunities

To support health and medical research in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven, we offer a range of competitive funding opportunities to our affiliated researchers, such as grants and awards.

Discover funding opportunities for IHMRI researchers

Professor Leonard Arnolda with patient in IHMRI's clinic.

Assistance with clinical trials

Affiliated researchers can gain access to the well-resourced facilities and services of our Clinical Research and Trial Unit (CRTU) in IHMRI’s building at the University of Wollongong.

Read more about clinical trials


Access to laboratories

Our state-of-the-art laboratories based at the University of Wollongong, built to PC2 specifications, are available to IHMRI affiliated researchers.

View details about our laboratories

Electrophysiology facility. Photo by Paul Grabowski.

Electrophysiology facility

Our Electrophysiology Facility for Cell Phenotyping and Drug Discovery features the state-of-the-art patch-clamp robot, the Nanion SyncroPatch 384PE.

View details about our electrophysiology facility


Brain scans

Research development

Research development services are provided by a highly experienced team with in-depth knowledge of grant application processes and commercialisation opportunities.

Read more about research development services.

Media, marketing and community engagement

The IHMRI Communications Team helps researchers build their profile, promote their research and achievements, and recruit clinical trial participants, through engagement with the media and wider community.

Read more about media, marketing and community engagement services.