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Bringing together the very best investment, scientific and philanthropic minds globally to maximise medical research funding in Australia


The Sohn Hearts & Minds Conference is an annual one-day event which brings the investment community together for philanthropic purpose.

The conference is a rare opportunity for industry heavyweights, global thought leaders, fund managers, Chief Investment Officers/Chief Executive Officers and investors to be in one room, to network and access exclusive insights, whilst raising money for Australian medical research.

With deliberately disruptive programming, Hearts & Minds is an investment conference like no other. Taking inspiration from the highly regarded Sohn Conference Foundation which was established in New York in 1995. Sohn events are held annually in 10 cities around the globe, Hearts & Minds is proud to be the exclusive Australian affiliate.

Strategic Partners

Commonwealth Private

Commonwealth Private is proud to continue its Platinum Support of the Sohn Hearts & Minds Conference. As a partner since inception, the Conference aligns to the broader CommBank commitment of building a brighter future for all Australians. Commonwealth Private provides tangible opportunities to help HNW Australians build, secure, manage and grow their wealth. Our experienced specialists provide personalised solutions and strategies to help clients achieve their financial goals. We are proud to support SH&M bring together the best minds to maximise medical research funding.

Hearts and Minds Investments Limited (HM1)

The conference significantly expands its philanthropic impact through the unique charitable listed investment company HM1. Listed on the ASX, HM1 is a concentrated high conviction long-only equities portfolio which includes stocks presented at the annual conference. HM1 fund managers generously waive their fees, enabling 1.5% of net tangible assets to be donated each year.

The Sohn Conference Foundation

Partnership with the Sohn Investment Conference is intrinsic to Hearts & Minds. Held annually in New York since 1995, it is the original premier investment event, which is now hosted globally in ten cities. We are proud to be the exclusive Australian affiliate of this hugely impactful organisation.

Why support medical research?

Development of new medicine

Every person in Australia has benefited from the results of medical research, from the development of new drugs, vaccines, or procedures to prevent or treat diseases and safety testing of products.

Australia is a world-leader

Australian scientists are responsible for some of the world’s most important and life-changing medical discoveries. Australia is ranked 8th in the world for producing the top scientific publications per capita (ahead of the U.S. and the U.K). **

Excellent return on investment

Investment in medical research between 1993 and 2005 is estimated to have returned a net benefit of $29.5 billion to Australia. Every dollar invested in medical research returns on average $2.17 in health benefits.*

Support a new generation of researchers

To tackle the clinical problems of today, and those yet to come, we must find a way to support medical research and encourage our best and brightest minds to follow a career in science.

*Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (2015). OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015. Section 2.6.1 The quantity and quality of scientific production. Geneva OECD. Available from (per capita data derived from OECD dataset) ** Access Economics. Exceptional returns: The value of investing in health R&D in Australia II. Canberra: Australian Society for Medical Research; 2008. Available from:

Medical research institute partners have included

Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Centre for Population Genomics
GI Cancer
Shake It Up
Brain Cancer Collective
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Black Dog Institute
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation
The Florey
Kids Critical Care Research
MS Research Australia
RPA Green Light Institute
Pain Management Research Institute
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Victor Chang
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI)

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