The George Institute for Global Health is a health and medical research institute whose mission is to improve the health of millions of people worldwide. With projects in more than 50 countries, we have raised over 500 million dollars for global health research since 1999 and we have been ranked among the top 10 research institutions in the world for scientific impact by the SCImago Institution Rankings and The Lancet called us “one of the world’s most renowned global health research institutions”.
Since 1999, The George has invested over $550 million across 50 countries. With over 500 staff globally in Australia, China, India and the UK, it collaborates with universities, health professionals, hospitals and governments. Areas of research include: chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke; and injury prevention, such as falls prevention.
Examples of The George Institute’s work include:
- A study of 3,200 foods found gluten-free foods are no healthier than non-gluten-free foods for people without Celiac disease or other relevant conditions.
- A large scale study of 4 million people in the United Kingdom confirmed that people with high blood pressure have a much greater chance of developing diabetes.
- A study of 380,000 births in six countries found the incidence of childhood cancer rises with higher birthweight.
- Foodswitch, a consumer smartphone app that scans the barcodes of food products to get nutritional information and suggest healthier alternatives. In March 2015 Foodswitch had been downloaded over 500,000 times in Australia. Foodswitch has also been released overseas in countries such as India.
- In New South Wales, Australia, The George worked with other health groups to encourage McDonald’s to comply with local fast food labelling regulations.
- In Australia, The George joined with over 30 other health and community groups to lobby the federal government for healthcare reform and increased funding.
- In 2015, The George Institute, The International Society of Nephrology, Farrell Family Foundation and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology ran a competition where US$100,000 was offered to anyone who could design an inexpensive dialysis machine.
- A study successfully used smartphone apps to help manage cardiovascular disease in rural India, China and other areas with limited resources and access to traditional medical services.
- A successful education program that reduced the amount of salt eaten by some families in China.
- A partnership with UNICEF and University of Oxford to train journalists in India about health reporting.
- Three George Institute researchers were included in Thomson Reuters World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 report.