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.


The John Curtin School of Medical Research

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.


Head and shoulders portrait of Pallavi Venkatesh

Student profile

Graduating with a master’s degree AND a medical discovery

For her master’s degree in biotechnology, Pallavi Venkatesh didn’t just learn about the latest advances in medical science, she made some too.

Inspecting a wearable health device inside a laboratory


ANU wins $8 million for innovative medical research

The Australian National University (ANU) has won more than $8 million to fund various medical research and technology innovation projects.


All Rhodes lead to ANU

Three ANU grads have won prestigious and highly-competitive scholarships to study at Oxford University in the same round.


Pill testing trial backed by independent review

A “trailblazing” trial run in the ACT, making pill testing available to festival goers, has been endorsed by an independent evaluation report.

Student profile

Neuroscience grad has research on the brain

When you ask Ayla Venslovas about her fondest memory from her Master of Neuroscience at ANU, she says, without hesitation: doing the assignments.

Analysis and opinion

China's failed gene-edited baby experiment proves we're not ready for human embryo modification

A Chinese biophysicist’s attempt to use CRISPR technology to modify human embryos has triggered a series of concerns.


Jelly invention can heal itself like human skin

A new jelly material that mimics biological matter such as skin, ligaments and bone, is very strong, self-healing and able to change shape.


Calls to curb infant formula’s carbon footprint

Urgent action is needed to protect breastfeeding and reduce formula’s carbon footprint – especially for “unnecessary” toddler milks, according to ANU expert.

Professor Carola Vinuesa.


ANU researchers recognised as some of the world’s most influential

Four ANU academics have recently joined a prestigious list of Highly Cited Researchers awarded by the Web of Science.

Student profile

A Rhodes Scholar on her path to change the World, one protein at a time

Soon-to-be Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) graduate, Emily Rowland, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.