Norman Beischer Medical Research Foundation


The Mercy Maternity Hospital Research Foundation was established in 1981 by Professor Norman Beischer to enable the funding of clinically based medical research, principally conducted by persons associated with the University of Melbourne, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology then located at the Mercy Maternity Hospital in East Melbourne.

In 1997, the name of the Foundation was changed to the Medical Research Foundation for Women and Babies to reflect its broader aim to support clinically based medical research conducted in Victoria into women's and babies’ health issues, with particular focus on obstetric, gynaecological and paediatric conditions.

The Foundation supports clinical research by Medical Practitioners, Nurses and/or Scientists engaged in the investigation of diseases and conditions which affect women and/or babies. Research into the prevention of diabetes mellitus in women who have had gestational diabetes remains a special interest for the Foundation.

In 2015 after the passing of Professor Beischer the name of the Foundation was changed to the Norman Beischer Medical Research Foundation in recognition of Professor Beischer’s lifelong contribution to and participation in medical research.


The primary purpose of the Norman Beischer Medical Research Foundation is to improve the reproductive health of women and their babies.


If you would like to support the research activities of the Foundation, we welcome any contribution.  
Please contact us via email ( to discuss in further detail.