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.


Student profile

The degree so good, you’ll never want it to end

The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) honours student has just finished his thesis, but is already back in the lab, continuing his research into treatments for diabetes.


ANU medical researcher nationally recognised

Immunologist Professor Carola Vinuesa has been recognised for excellence in medical research.

Student profile

Internships: Because there's life after uni

It’s hard to know what to study at university. Luckily, you can change your mind.

Analysis and opinion

Climate change a health emergency

The world's leading medical journal The Lancet has released a special report on climate change and its impact on human health, describing global warming as a health emergency.


New honour for ANU medical researcher

Medical researcher Professor Thomas Preiss has been named an Adjunct Group Leader (Faculty) of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory Australia (EMBL Australia) in recognition of his pioneering work on stem cells.


JCSMR staff join Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Professor Simon Foote, Director of the John Curtin School of Medical Research, has been appointed to the council of the new Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Academic profile

Design and discovery

A cutting edge immunologist with a passion for the creativity of medical research

Student profile

ANU the natural choice

Thinking out of the box

Student profile

A degree, unlike anything else

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)