The John Curtin School of Medical Research

The ANU John Curtin School of Medical Research is Australia’s national medical research institute. We excel in multidisciplinary, translational medical research in fields including immunology, cancer, genomics, neuroscience, mental health, infectious diseases, obesity and metabolic disorders.

Our research aims to understand and provide novel insights into diseases including cancer, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, and conditions such as epilepsy and vision impairment, amongst others. Research at JCSMR is organised within four departments including the ACRF Department of Cancer Biology and Therapeutics, Eccles Institute of Neuroscience, Genome Sciences and Immunology and Infectious Disease departments.

Each department is comprised of independent groups and laboratories. As an integral part of the ANU College of Health and Medicine, we are committed to cross-disciplinary research that will provide solutions to health problems which beset our community. In addition, we continue to pride ourselves on our commitment to the training and mentoring of the young medical researchers of the future.

In 2015, the School’s Professor Carola Vinuesa was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and Professors Simon Foote and Chris Parish became Fellows of the newly established Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Three of our researchers have received Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine for work conducted in the School.

Field sites & facilities

Explore some of the numerous of research sites and facilities established by our research schools in Australia and across the world. Researchers and students at ANU enjoy access to state-of-the-art equipment to help facilitate ground-breaking research.

Research projects

Browse research topics of the College of Science and the College of Health & Medicine with links to relevant researchers.

See our list of potential student projects to apply for PhB, Honours, PhD and other graduate degrees.

Stories

Research story

What do I need to know about the Moderna vaccine? And how does it compare with Pfizer?

Australia’s medical regulator has provisionally approved another COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna, for use in Australia. One million doses of Moderna are due in the second half of September and three million doses a month will begin to arrive from October.

Dr Paula Gonzalez Figueroa

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New natural answers for killer allergies

Researchers have discovered a function in the immune system that could hold the key to treating allergic conditions like asthma and stop anaphylaxis.

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Women who lead: the power and the passion

Why is it that women-led countries have been so successful in their response to COVID-19?

Amber Condell standing near some trees

Student profile

The science of genetics is written into Amber’s story

Where most people might learn about the science of genetics from a textbook, for Amber, it’s never been separable from her lived experience of it.

Hospital room.

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New drug to combat global killer sepsis

The promising new drug could potentially save millions of lives each year.