SAHMRI. Inspired research, better health for all.

Who we are


The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is South Australia's first independent flagship health and medical research institute. We're home to more than 700 medical researchers, working together to tackle the biggest health challenges in society today.

Our vision 

Everything we do is geared towards one vision: conducting inspired research that will lead to better health outcomes.

Our aspirations 

Our research will: 

  • Deliver the right interventions, to the right people, at the right time in their lives to optimise health 
  • Be translational and deliver health outcomes with global impact to communities 
  • Provide a focus and leadership for health and medical research

Our values 

We value: 

  • Excellence 
  • Innovation
  • Courage
  • Integrity 
  • Teamwork 

Our culture

We are: 

  • Bold, driven, dynamic 
  • Persistent and focused 
  • Collaborative and enabling 
  • Embrace Diversity, demand equity
  • Friendly, fast, flexible and fun 

Our brand 

Our identity is inspired by a microscope image of a stylised cell. 

A cell is an appropriate symbol because of our links to biology and because cells require linkages to other cells to provide structural support and carry nutrients and communications to neighbouring cells. 

While our research themes operate independently, they have important links to each other. They share common objectives, facilities and knowledge. They are also linked to other health and medical research institutes in South Australia, interstate and overseas; sharing findings and working collaboratively.  

But most importantly, our researchers are linked to the communities they serve. This ensures that all of our discoveries are transformed into better health outcomes and benefits for South Australians and others around the world. 

Each theme is represented by a different colour, which in turn makes up a different section of our overall identity. 

The iconic triangular-paneled façade of our new building on North Terrace is also reflected in the shapes of our new identity. 

Our identity is a fitting representation of our values of excellence, imagination, courage, integrity and teamwork.

You can't miss us

North Terrace
Adelaide 5000
South Australia

Postal address

PO Box 11060
Adelaide 5001
South Australia


Key partners

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SAHMRI is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.

The SAHMRI community acknowledges and pays respect to the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region. We also acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and the relationship of the Kaurna people to their country. We pay our respects to the Kaurna peoples' ancestors and the living Kaurna people today.