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At SSMRF, we raise funds and awareness for transformative medical research at St George and Sutherland Hospitals. Please donate to support promising new medical research and emerging researchers.


A new research grant targeting dementia and Parkinson’s disease research in honour of the late Giuseppe Ferlaino was announced at the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation’s (SSMRF) end-of-year celebration in November 2023.

“It was an honour to launch the grant and to hear from his daughter Luigina as well as his geriatrician, Dr Nick Cordato,” said SSMRF CEO Pam Brown.

SSMRF will call for applications in February 2024.

Meet our latest grant recipients

Learn more about Dr Joel Poder, Sabrina Koentgen and Dr Ramesh Shanmugasundaram’s projects.

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Research – Creating a healthier tomorrow

SSMRF believes that funding medical research is the best way to develop better treatments for patients and improve healthcare for our community… and beyond.

Our Research Strategy

Our research strategy

We fund research across various medical disciplines, including, cancer, mental health, women’s and children’s health, microbiome, bone and joint diseases, immunity, allergy and infection, obesity and metabolic diseases, intensive care and emergency medicine.

Applying for funding

Applying for funding

Doctors, scientists, nurses and all allied health professionals from both St George & Sutherland hospitals can apply for research through our annual research grants program. Learn more about how to apply for our research grants.

Research we have funded

Research we have funded

SSMRF is proud to have funded 76 research projects since 2007 across a wide variety of research areas, awarding $9.41 million in funding with your support. Read about our research grants and recipients.

Microbiome Research Centre team

Microbiome Research Centre (MRC)

Australia’s first microbiota research centre for health and disease was established at St George Hospital in 2017 with a federal government grant awarded to the SSMRF.

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