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

Innovative trial aims to reduce the impact of serious spinal cord injuries

Innovative trial aims to reduce the impact of serious spinal cord injuries

A simple yet smart approach may hold the key to greatly improved health for those with life-changing..... Read more

Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Philanthropic support helping women with gestational diabetes and their babies

Philanthropic support helping women with gestational diabetes and their babies

Generous funding provided through the Douglas and Lola Douglas scholarship is strengthening evidence..... Read more

Category: Cardiovascular and Renal Research, New Treatment, Research Excellence

Transforming treatments for those with diabetes

Transforming treatments for those with diabetes

Kolling researcher and Royal North Shore Hospital endocrinologist Associate Professor Sarah Glastras..... Read more

Category: Cardiovascular and Renal Research, New Treatment, Research Excellence