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

Researchers find that sugar is the solution for looking at platelets

Researchers at ANU have found a way to look through the walls of microchambers used to study thrombus (blood clot) formation using light sheet microscopy.

Dr Nikolay Shirokikh

Academic profile

Building a research career: it’s just like summiting Everest

Dr Shirokikh, a researcher at the ANU John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR), has spent his career talking to cells about how their genes are translated into proteins with the help of a molecule called RNA.

James O'Connor sitting at a computer

Research story

$50 dye could change the way we design malaria vaccines

“It is a tricky technique to get right, but when it works… it's really stunning science.”

News, Research story

Cancer research improves in three dimensions

“The 3D printing process can be applied to all sorts of cells and tumour types.”


How to train a machine to see 3D in the dark

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have developed a new way to create an almost perfect hologram in near darkness.

Patient's hand receiving a blood test


New blood test finds undetected COVID-19 cases

Initial results suggest many more people have been exposed to the virus in Australia than have been detected so far. 

Woman with mask

Career story

What the world needs now: how a master’s degree can make a difference

Equip yourself with the skills and qualifications you need, either to join the frontline battle against this pandemic, or to prevent the next.

 Professor Sotiris Vardoulakis


Coronavirus may be transmitted through the air, experts warn

Experts in infectious disease and population health are increasingly concerned by the possibility of environmental transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus via airborne particles.

Professor Carola Vinuesa standing in hallway.


Genetic finding sheds new light on child murder case

Researchers have found a new gene mutation that leads to sudden infant death, which could unlock the case of Kathleen Folbigg - who is over halfway through a 30-year prison sentence for the murder and manslaughter of her four children.


Understanding the way genes are controlled in congenital diseases

Experts from John Curtin School of Medical Research have published research that increases understanding of how ZIC proteins might cause congenital diseases.