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.


Research story

Dr Leonie Quinn wins brain cancer research funding

Dr Leonie Quinn from The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) at ANU has won a 2017 Innovation Grant from the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

Student blog

Fake it till you make it

Somewhere along the line I had been mistaken for someone smarter, and eventually I would be found out. So, what did I do? I smiled and I faked it.

Research story

ANU scientist wins major fellowship to design new immunotherapies

A medical researcher from ANU has received a $1.225 million fellowship from the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation.


Wearable sensor technologies to help revolutionise personalised medicine

A research project aiming to revolutionise personalised medicine through wearable sensor technologies is the inaugural winner of ANU Grand Challenges Scheme.


ANU scientists elected as Fellows to Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

ANU welcomes the election of three ANU scientists as Fellows to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.


ANU wins $5.5 million in latest NHMRC funding

ANU has won more than $5.5 million in funding for projects on major health issues in the latest round of NHMRC grants.


Living with an invisible disability

When you meet Laura Campbell, a fourth year law and psychology student at ANU, she appears the picture of health.

Student profile

Making a scientific contribution to society

Whether he’s in Singapore, Australia or Africa, Bachelor of Medical Science student Sam Kwong is determined to make a scientific contribution to society.


Biology PhD student wins ANU 3MT

ANU Research School of Biology PhD student Erin Andrew has been crowned the winner of the ANU 3MT.

Career story

The human side of science

Respiratory Scientist and Bachelor of Medical Science graduate Katherine Macpherson is an authority when it comes to lungs.