Why Support Garvan?

“Every Australian family will be threatened, at some point, by a devastating disease. That’s why your support for our pioneering research is so important.”

Professor John Mattick, Garvan’s Executive Director

For over 50 years, Garvan scientists have made significant breakthroughs in the understanding and treatment of a range of diseases. These include cancer, diabetes and obesity, neurological diseases, osteoporosis, immunological diseases and more.

Your gifts to Garvan allow our scientists to continue contributing to knowledge which will ultimately lead to earlier diagnosis, better disease management, new therapies and prevention or cure of a range of diseases. Importantly they can help fund our most novel projects – those which are too early stage for government funding – and vital facilities and equipment.

Why Garvan needs your help

Your donations to Garvan are vital to ensuring our work can continue. This is because grants through major Australian funding body the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) do not cover the full cost of research.

“When I walked out of my GP’s office I just cried the whole way.”

Tennille woke up in the middle of the night with a stabbing pain in her breast. Her GP felt a large lump and sent her off for an urgent biopsy that revealed she had cancer – and it was aggressive. At 36 years old, Tennille never thought this would happen to her.

Thankfully, the cancer hadn’t spread. But she needed a mastectomy straight away. After two operations she faced six months of chemotherapy and five weeks of radiation therapy.

“It seems that no one is immune from cancer. That’s why research is so vital. To find better, more targeted treatments. Cancer affects everybody some time, somehow … so the research will too.”

Why support Garvan?

  • World-renowned institute

    Garvan has a history of significant and lifesaving breakthroughs since 1973

  • Expert research teams

    Including internationally recognised leaders in their particular fields

  • Cross-disciplinary approach

    Working collaboratively across many major diseases, both internationally and locally

  • Excellence in medical research

    A success rate in government funding well above the national average

  • Leader in genomics

    Using genomic analysis to understand health and disease