About us

A global bioscience medical research leader, Hudson Institute’s sole focus is on powering breakthrough scientific discoveries into improved health care that will transform lives.

We strive to improve human health through groundbreaking, collaborative, medical research discoveries and the translation of these to real world impact.

Our scientists research five areas of medical need

  • Inflammation
  • Reproductive health and pregnancy
  • Infant and child health
  • Cancer
  • Hormones and health

Who are we?

Hudson Institute’s reputation as a centre for research excellence draws leading scientists, clinicians and graduate students from around the world in pursuit of one mission – to collaborate to improve human health globally.

Our 442 scientists ask questions that push the boundaries of human knowledge to solve complex problems about human disease.

Clinical experience based on patient need informs our research enquiry, and our close ties with medical staff and industry support the translation of our discoveries into new preventative approaches, therapies and devices for patients.

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Our history

Our tradition is steeped in clinical collaboration. For more than half a century Hudson Institute scientists’ have worked alongside clinicians in Melbourne hospitals – patient need provides the basis for our research, and our discoveries are rapidly implemented for patient benefit.

Our Institute is named after Professor Bryan Hudson AO, the Founding Director of Prince Henry’s Institute and Inaugural Chair of the Department of Medicine at Monash University.

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Unrestricted by bureaucracy, our scientists pursue excellence in their chosen fields to answer the most pressing problems for patients.

Under the expert guidance of Director and CEO Professor Elizabeth Hartland, a national and international leader in the field of microbiology and immunology, Hudson Institute’s organisational structure is designed to speed progress.

Our precinct

Melbourne’s biomedical capabilities are among the world’s best and  are unparalleled in Australia. We are home to an exceptional network of skilled workers, quality education providers, leading research institutes and a sophisticated health system.

Hudson Institute is located within a major scientific research and medical innovation hub in Melbourne’s south-eastern corridor. Our Precinct is a burgeoning hub for biomedical research translation transforming health care. With our precinct partners, we deliver outstanding healthcare, education and leading research.

Monash Health | Victoria’s largest public healthcare service, serving Melbourne’s south-eastern corridor.

Monash Children’s | Victoria’s largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, providing leading paediatric services in Rehabilitation, Oncology, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Palliative Care.

Monash University | Australia’s largest university

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Innovation hub

Our Translational Research Facility (TRF) accelerates our scientists discoveries by bringing together leading scientists and clinicians supported by state-of-the-art laboratories, world leading technology platforms and a clinical trials centre.

A link bridge connects the TRF to the Monash Medical Centre and Monash Children’s Hospital, providing a crucial connection between patients and new potential therapies. The eight bed, 21 chair clinical trials centre supports the transition of discoveries from initial Phase I testing through to Phase IV primary health trials.

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Discovery and translational research

Research at Hudson Institute spans the entire medical field, from discovery and translational research to clinical trials. Our scientists link lab bench to bedside, conducting clinical research that would be difficult to carry out anywhere else. The hospital is a key enabler of Hudson Institute’s translational research. Our scientists’ discoveries are progressed into new treatments, cures and diagnostics.

Discovery and Translational Research

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Our worldwide scientific and medical collaborations provide a foundation for transformative healthcare programs across the globe. There are collaboration agreements in research and education with universities and with companies in the bio-med and biotech sectors.


Hudson Institute has many productive collaborations with industry. These collaborations maximise ideas arising from discoveries to create new services, treatments and knowledge to benefit human health.

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Graduate education

More than 180 Honours, Masters and PhD students are mentored by our senior researchers. The close proximity of Monash Medical Centre and Monash Children’s Hospital play an important role during education.

As productive members of world-class research groups, our students develop confidence and excellent skills, while the larger, open structure of collaboration between our laboratories supports expanded thinking to pursue their discoveries and publish innovative work.

Our students are predominantly enrolled through our on-site partner, the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, part of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University.

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Our values

Integrity and passion underpin our pursuit of scientific knowledge of the highest quality, whilst nurturing and inspiring the next generation of scientists.

We inspire and enable word class researchers at the frontiers of science and medicine to find new and transformative solutions to our greatest health challenges.

Our collaborative research environment allows scientists to leverage partnerships for true knowledge gain and patient impact.

We care deeply about improving the health and wellbeing of our community and we are committed to rewarding their investment in science.

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Hudson Institute
t: +61 3 8572 2700

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