Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
About us
The Woolcock

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research is a not-for-profit research institute.

We aim to improve the quality of life for people affected by sleep and breathing disorders.

The Woolcock is the leading respiratory and sleep research organisation in Australia. We have been ranked by the influential Times Higher Education as the top specialist sleep and respiratory health research centre in the world.

We are determined that our work creates a better life for people living with respiratory conditions and sleep disorders. Our dedication to wellbeing is at the very heart of what we do.

For an easy to read summary of who we are and what we do, download our colourful brochure About the Woolcock – our work makes a difference to people’s lives.

Woolcock research

Our team of more than 200 medical researchers is committed to investigating the causes of disease, finding better treatments and translating discoveries into new clinical practice. Our main areas of research are:

  • Respiratory disease including asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, allergies, pneumonia, and tuberculosis
  • Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy and insomnia, and other sleep-related issues such as ageing, shift work and obesity
  • Lung cancer

The Woolcock Clinic

We also have a clinic in Sydney, known as the Woolcock Clinic, which offers specialised treatment and healthcare support for people with sleep and respiratory disorders.

Our expert clinical team provides patients the best possible care and treatment plans. Patients benefit from our world-leading research discoveries.

The clinic also runs comprehensive respiratory tests and sleep studies.

The Woolcock in Vietnam

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research also leads a team of researchers working in Vietnam to tackle important health challenges including tuberculosis, COPD, asthma, tobacco control and antimicrobial resistance.

Since 2010, the Woolcock in Vietnam has implemented a series of multi-centre clinical trials together with leading Vietnamese public healthcare and tertiary institutions. This work has an impact not only upon the people of Vietnam, but also much more broadly through the evidence generated from our trials.

The Vietnam centre contributes to the Woolcock’s vision to have a global impact upon lung health. Please visit woolcockvietnam.org for more information.

Support our work

A donation to the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research will contribute to new discoveries that improve the lives of people suffering from respiratory and sleep diseases and lung cancer.

We are a registered charity. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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