Our History

The Kolling Institute has a tremendously rich history. It is the longest-running medical research institute in New South Wales, holding a key role in research activities for 100 years.

Originally named the Institute of Pathological Research of NSW, the organisation was established in a cottage within the grounds of Royal North Shore Hospital in 1920. Biochemist. Doctor W. Wilson Ingram was appointed the institute’s first director in 1928 and remained in that position for almost 50 years.

During his time, he gained a greater understanding of diabetes and opened the first clinic for its treatment in Australia. Doctor W. Wilson Ingram also accompanied Sir Douglas Mawson on two Antarctic expeditions as medical officer and research scientist.

In 1931, a new two-storey building was officially opened and named the Kolling Institute of Medical Research after businessman Charles Kolling. His widow Eva was a strong supporter of the research efforts and made a substantial donation towards the development of the new building.

Today, the Kolling Institute extends beyond the Kolling building which stands tall on the Royal North Shore Hospital campus. It is a centre for world leading research, harnessing the talents of a large group of scientists and fostering relationships with national and international partners.

Events, News and Seminars

Championing precision medicine for children living with arthritis

Championing precision medicine for children living with arthritis

The largest study in Australia into the treatment of juvenile arthritis may pave the way for a uniqu..... Read more

Category: Funding support, Musculoskeletal Research

Ground breaking approach to emergency care in NSW to be tested

Ground breaking approach to emergency care in NSW to be tested

New funding will see a large-scale project launched across NSW to significantly improve patient outc..... Read more

Category: New Treatment, Research Excellence

Back pain treatments shouldn’t neglect the mind

Back pain treatments shouldn’t neglect the mind

New research by a team from the Kolling Institute has found the best treatment for chronic low back ..... Read more

Category: Musculoskeletal Research, Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence