Since 1945, the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, now QIMR Berghofer, has worked to improve the lives of people locally, and across the globe – driving better health outcomes through impactful medical research.
Today, QIMR Berghofer is a prominent feature in the Brisbane skyline, with the institute’s state-of-the-art facilities being housed across three buildings – The Bancroft Centre, The Clive Berghofer Cancer Research Centre and the Central Building – on Herston Road. However, the institute had far more humble beginnings, originally operating from a decommissioned WWII US Army hut situated at Victoria Park/Barrambin.
Even in those early years, QIMR Berghofer built an international reputation for making ground-breaking and transformative discoveries. The institute’s initial research focused heavily on the infectious diseases affecting Northern Australia at the time, including Q Fever, Scrub Typhus and Malaria. Today, QIMR Berghofer houses four vibrant research programs – Cancer, Infection & Inflammation, Mental Health & Neuroscience, and Population Health – focusing on the health challenges.
General access, no bookings required
QIMR Berghofer will be opened from 9am – 4pm on both Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July.
Visitors will have a chance to:
- Engage in a range of activities showcasing why Queensland is the skin cancer capital of Australia, and what they can do to reduce their risk.
- Visit the Education Lab (open to all age groups – closed in shoes required) where they can see scientific equipment in action and get their gloves on for some hands-on experiments.
- View the expansive Water Memory artwork by renowned First Nations artist, Judy Watson.
- Take five in the Kids’ Corner where younger visitors can ‘Make a Microbe’ to take home.
Working lab tours – pre-booked only: BOOKED OUT
Visitors to QIMR Berghofer will have the opportunity to join laboratory tours led by scientists, where they’ll see a working lab in action and hear about the latest research and most exciting breakthroughs. These tours are strictly limited and must be pre-booked. Visitors to labs must be aged 16 or over and each attendee must individually register.
Lab tours will operate hourly between 10am – 3pm on Saturday 15 July and between 10am – 2pm on Sunday 16 July. Guests joining lab tours will be required to sign in with photo ID at QIMR Berghofer reception on Level 2 of the Central Building.
QIMR LAB TOURS are now BOOKED OUT, please refer above for general access details.
FREE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE 16 JULY: Craigslea State High School String Quartet (foyer of QIMR Berghofer building) 3 – 4pm
Frequency of Guided Tours: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm