Our History

The Kolling Institute of Medical Research 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

World Spine Day: Kolling researchers challenging old concepts to improve care

World Spine Day: Kolling researchers challenging old concepts to improve care

To mark World Spine Day on October 16, the Back Pain Research team at the Kolling Institute is urgin..... Read more

Category: Musculoskeletal Research, New Treatment, Research Excellence

Kolling teams driving world-leading research into arthritis care

Kolling teams driving world-leading research into arthritis care

A Centre for Research Excellence to improve care for inflammatory arthritis will be based at the Kol..... Read more

Category: Funding support, Research Excellence

Kolling researchers to lead national project for better back pain care

Kolling researchers to lead national project for better back pain care

Researchers from the Kolling Institute will strengthen their expertise in the management of low back..... Read more

Category: Funding support, Musculoskeletal Research