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.


Impact story (giving)

Cricket Scholarship recipient puts his best foot forward

Lewis Evans is the 2018 recipient of the ANU Cricket Club Scholarship and is currently in his first year of studying for a Bachelor of Medical Science.

Student profile

Forensic scientist making a positive difference

After seeing the film Gorillas in the Mist as a child, Dr Jodie Ward was inspired by the zoologist Dian Fossey to study a Bachelor of Science at ANU.

Student profile

From the village to the lab

PhD student Thilaga Velusamy takes us on her journey from a small village in India, to research laboratories at the John Curtin School of Medical Research.


New approach needed in the fight against superbugs

A research team has found we need to take a much broader approach than simply focusing on antibiotic usage, when it comes to fighting the spread of "superbugs".


Medical diagnostic kit in development for remote communities

A scientist at ANU is developing a new just-add-water diagnostic kit for use in remote communities to detect malaria and other diseases.


Designer molecule kills malarial parasites

A research team from ANU has designed and made a molecule derived from a human protein that kills the parasite which causes malaria.

Student profile

Appreciating every tiny thing on a very big day

Nur Diana Anuar describes the experience of completing her PhD as “a 100-metre sprint”. “I got to the end, and I thought, is it over already?”


Vale Emeritus Professor David Curtis

ANU is mourning the death of Emeritus Professor David Curtis, a distinguished medical scientist and former Director of The JCSMR.

Impact story (giving)

Can our vision hold the key to better diabetes outcomes?

Could a machine that accurately maps the visual field of the retina help diabetes patients? Two ANU scientists got together to find out.


ANU wins $12.8 million in latest NHMRC funding

ANU has won $12.8 million in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding.