Our history

The Bosch Institute represents and facilitates research done in the School of Medical Sciences, and in many laboratories throughout the University who seek association. It was formed in 1995, as an initiative of the Departments of Physiology and Anatomy and Histology, to establish a stronger research environment than either Department could establish on its own.

Initially it was called the Institute for Biomedical Research (IBR), and represented and facilitated the research done in the Departments of Physiology and of Anatomy and Histology, in the Anderson Stuart Building. Over the next decade it grew to represent the research done in all five departments (now called disciplines) of the School of Medical Sciences. It was renamed the Bosch Institute in 2003, to recognise support from the Bosch bequest.

An important step came in 2007, when the Dean of Medicine (Professor Robinson) instructed that the budget of the Institute should be located within School of Medical Sciences. The effect was that the Bosch Institute represents primarily the research of the five departments of that School, though its Facilities and Conferences and Young Investigator structures remain open to, and are extensively used, by researchers throughout campus

The Institute now has over 60 member laboratories, with hundreds of Honours, Masters and doctoral students and 6 multi-user research facilities and has developed strong traditions of training workshops and scientific meetings.

It has a claim to have pioneered at the University the concept of a networked institute, and to have shown the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of cooperative multi-user research facilities.