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

News

A lack of facial recognition leads to loneliness for people living with AMD

Research show that a lack of facial recognition is reducing quality of life and confidence for people with AMD.  

Academic profile

Meet the Mari Kondo of ANU - just don’t ask her about cleaning

Dr Kondo, a Visiting Fellow at JCSMR, is resigned to the impossibility of not talking about the other Marie Kondo, cleanliness guru and Netflix star.

Research story

'Revolutionary': a new hope for treating autoimmune disease

Sometimes we overuse the word 'revolutionary'. Sometimes something revolutionary happens.

Academic profile

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, ANU researchers share their experiences and hopes for the future.

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ANU welcomes federal government investment in phenomics research

The initiative drives development of new disease models, novel diagnostics and better treatment for patients with chronic illnesses.

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New discovery helps researchers better understand the immune system

A team of researchers have answered one of the most long-standing questions about how the immune system fights viruses.

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MS patients produce MS research at ANU

Dr Jane Desborough is paving the way for people to be at the centre of research about the disease they live with.

Academic profile

Surgeon makes the cut as new Dean

Meet the new Dean of the ANU College of Health and Medicine: Professor Russell Gruen.

News

ANU female scientists mentoring in Curious Minds program

Curious Minds is aimed at highly capable girls in Years 9 and 10 who have an interest in STEM learning areas.

Career story

Can this man convince you to completely change what you want to do with your life?

If you were capable of doing a job which could help more people than any other job in the world, why wouldn’t you do it?

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