First Facility At Brain Centre Opens

First Facility At Brain Centre Opens

Victoria Minister for Health David Davis

World’s Largest Brain Research Centre Opens In Melbourne

Victor P Taffa

The first facility of one of the world’s largest dedicated brain research centres was opened today by State and Federal representatives at the Austin campus of the Melbourne Brain Centre.

Minister for Health David Davis and Mr. Craig Ondarchie MLC representing Innovation, Services and Small Business Minister Louise Asher, noted that the Melbourne Brain Centre is a key research facility for Victoria.

“Through the State Government, Victorians have contributed $53 Million towards this $225 Million project.” Mr. Davis said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to promoting and supporting Victoria’s knowledge economy and our research sector.”

“This new facility builds on and contributes to Victoria’s reputation as an internationally competitive research location.”

The new Austin facility will provide the essential environment for research into major illnesses such as stroke and epilepsy, as well as the development of the next generation of medical imaging technologies for imaging the brain.

“We can now have basic science, clinical activity and public health research in neurosciences all carried out in a dedicated centre equipped with the latest technologies.” Mr. Davis said.

The facility at the Austin Hospital, combined with a major new facility at The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus due to open later this year, will enable the Melbourne Brain Centre to enhance its claim as the fifth ranked leading neuroscience research cluster worldwide.

Key discoveries by Melbourne Brain Centre researchers in recent years include new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, the discovery of genes linked to Multiple Sclerosis, and novel technologies for monitoring patients with Parkinson’s disease.

The new facilities will provide significantly improved opportunities for collaboration between researchers and clinicians, and for the translation of discoveries into improved practice, therapeutics and devices. The new facilities have enabled researchers to relocate from out-dated and cramped facilities on the Heidelberg Repatriation campus.