The Menzies Institute for Medical Research carries out internationally significant medical research leading to healthier, longer and better lives for Tasmanians.
The institute was established by the University of Tasmania with support from the Menzies Foundation and the Tasmanian Government in 1988. It quickly gained an international reputation for its innovative work into the link between babies' sleeping positions and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). From there its research expanded, and population health and epidemiological research programs were developed.
Initially known as the Menzies Centre for Population Health Research, the institute was later named the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, before being named the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in November 2014.
The Menzies Foundation provided annual funding of various amounts until 2017.