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.


Ms Hayley McNamara "Long lasting immunity against malaria is not achieved with current vaccination strategies."

Research story

Malaria breakthrough set to change vaccine design

Researchers from The Australian National University have discovered a vital clue as to why malaria vaccines keep failing.

Professor Thomas Preiss outside JCSMR building


Further evidence for understanding the recipes of life

A new research project has further illuminated a fundamental process of life - the creation of proteins based on recipes called RNA.

Professor Elizabeth Gardiner smiling in a white lab coat in a laboratory


International recognition for platelet research

Professor Elizabeth Gardiner has received an esteemed career award for her significant contributions in the thrombosis and haemostasis field.

Dr Pawan Parajuli


Test confirms no trace of coronavirus in ACT sewage

A comprehensive testing program has found no traces of SARS-CoV-2 in Canberra's sewage system.

Dr Marion Burr.


$8 million to help immune system hunt down and beat cancer

Life-saving research into how the human immune system can beat cancer has been given an $8 million boost from Canberra's Terry Snow and the Snow family.

Anatomical model of brain

Research story

Understanding your brain in the time of COVID-19

ANU alumni Gaya Karthik and Emily Han share some insights from their podcast series about how our brain is affected by living through this global pandemic.


Awards fit for a queen go to ANU Health and Medicine experts

Three professors from the ANU Medical School, and a JCSMR graduate, have all been recognised in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Two gloved hands adjust a microscope.


Gene research could lead to cancer breakthrough

New research by scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) will help us better understand rare forms of cancer.


COVID-19 update to students on changes to ANU campus

To relieve financial pressures and stress to students caused by COVID-19, Vice Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt has announced additional support measures.

ANU campus.


ANU campuses move to remote work and study

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt today announced The Australian National University (ANU) will move to remote work and study from tomorrow.