A doctor by the name of John Fullarton Mackeddie dreamt of finding new and exciting ways to ensure the most advanced medical treatments were available to all Australians. While it was Mackeddie’s passion to advance medical research in Australia, it was the vision of philanthropists Thomas Baker and his wife Alice Baker, and sister Eleanor Shaw, who generously donated a leadership gift of £20,000 that would establish the Baker Institute in Melbourne in 1926. In 2016, the Institute celebrated 90 years of research excellence.
The Baker Institute’s Melbourne headquarters is now home to hundreds of scientists, clinicians and students who work within a purpose-built facility on the prestigious Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct. Our Melbourne facility houses over 35 laboratories comprising more than 360 scientists, research support staff and students who span benchtop to bedside research dedicated to tackling the deadly trio of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.
The Institute’s Melbourne facilities also provide a range of clinical services including diabetes and cardiovascular clinics, as well as Allied Health and Education Services.