20 August 2014

New ARC Reseach Centre to explore the brain 

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Aidan Byrne, today welcomed the opening of a new collaborative research centre at Monash University dedicated to understanding how the brain works.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function was officially opened today by the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, at Monash Biomedical Imaging in Melbourne.

The centre was awarded $20 million over seven years from the Federal Government through the ARC's Centres of Excellence scheme.

Professor Byrne said the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function—under the direction of prominent neuroscientist Professor Gary Egan—will undertake fundamental research into the principles of brain functioning, combining techniques for analysing brain anatomy and physiology with advanced computational techniques.

"This new centre will focus on the investigation of complex brain functions such as attention, prediction and decision-making, which require coordination of  information processing by many areas of the brain," Professor Byrne said.

"Led by Monash University, the centre will also combine expertise from 19 other major universities and research facilities across Australia and internationally.

"This will encourage a highly collaborative approach involving neurobiologists, cognitive scientists, engineers and physicists, which will allow the centre to translate its research discoveries into novel technologies that will benefit all Australians. It will also train a new generation of multidisciplinary researchers to continue to grow our research capacity into the future."

ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious foci of expertise through which high-quality researchers maintain and develop Australia's international standing in research areas of national priority.

Centres of Excellence are typically funded over a period of up to seven years, allowing flexibility to undertake comprehensive research programs that tackle Australia's big challenges, as well as short-term projects that answer emerging issues or questions.

To obtain more information about the ARC's Centres of Excellence scheme, please visit the ARC website. For  more information about this Centre of Excellence please visit the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function website.

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