Monash University is strong and very active in neuroscience research and takes a multidisciplinary approach, involving the Faculties of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Pharmacy (MIPS), Engineering, Science, Art and Design, as well as the major Monash affiliated teaching hospitals, all supporting wide ranging programs of research. This multidisciplinary approach has led to the establishment of MIME (Monash Institute for Medical Engineering), which has a strong focus on medical device research, particularly in the area of neuroscience.
Monash neuroscientists conduct leading edge research and clinical investigation in key areas of neuroscience and mental health. These include:
- Developmental neuroscience
- Developmental brain injury
- Regenerative medicine
- Ageing and neurodegeneration
- Brain plasticity and repair
- Huntington’s disease
- Control of movement and emotions
- Anxiety disorders
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Sensory physiology
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Traumatic brain injury
- Bipolar affective disorder
- Intellectual disability
- Metabolic neuroscience
Major Collaborating Research Groups and themes include:
- Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) Facility - Professor Gary Egan
- Ritchie Centre at the Monash Institute for Medical Research - Professor Graham Jenkin
- Stroke and vascular disease - Professor Chris Sobey
- Brain development and vision - Dr James Bourne
- Molecular neurotrauma and haemostasis laboratory (Monash University, Alfred Hospital campus) - Professor Rob Medcalf
- Traumatic brain injury (Alfred Hospital) - Professor Russell Gruen
- Biomarkers for traumatic brain injury and Recovery (Monash) - Professor Ramesh Rajan
- Neuroscience research in ocular immunology - Professor Paul McMenamin
- The Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) - Professor Paul Fitzgerald
- Higher order processing of vocalizations in the auditory areas of the cortex - Professor Ramesh Rajan
‘DIRECT TO BRAIN’ BIONIC EYE - MONASH BIONIC VISION GROUP
Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld AM, OBE is a Principal Investigator in the Monash Bionic Vision Group that aims to develop a bionic vision direct to brain implant (The ‘Gennaris’). This is a multi‑tiled microelectrode wireless device implanted in the primary visual cortex of adults with acquired blindness. The tiles are connected to a digital camera via an advanced vision processor mini‑computer. This is a key example of ‘bench to bedside’ translational research and has taken place in the last five years. It is an inter‑disciplinary research program that includes Monash University departments of Electrical Engineering (Professor Arthur Lowery), Physiology (Professors Marcello Rosa and Ramesh Rajan), Surgery and Design. The Alfred Hospital (Neurosurgery and Ophthalmology) is the clinical site for the first in human trial, planned for 2015.
Australian industry partners have been involved with the research program from the outset and are manufacturing the device (MiniFab and Gray Innovation). This research program was awarded $8.2m in 2009 and a further $1.9m in 2013 by the Australian Research Council and is at the forefront of the world’s bionic vision research.
Our research at the University is underpinned by a series of core technology platforms, including:
- Structural Biology / Cryo EM/High-throughput Protein Production
- Genomics, Bioinformatics and Proteomics
- Optical Imaging
- Monoclonal Antibody Production (MATF)
- Mouse Phenomics / Transgenics
- BioMedical Imaging and Image Processing
- Drug Design and Development
- Biostatistics, Data-management and Bio-banking
- Material Sciences
- Drug Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Candidate Optimisation
- Clinical Trials
The University has a strong international reputation in medical research, including:
- Regenerative medicine, stem cells and developmental biology
- Cardiovascular and thrombosis
- Structural biology and drug development
- Public health and epidemiology
- Infection and Immunity
- Inflammation, allergy and autoimmunity
- Health science and global health
- Rural health
- Indigenous health
- Mental health and cognitive neurosciences
- Medical engineering
MEDICINE, NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES
The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences offers outstanding training through courses that include Medicine, Psychiatry, Behavioural Neuroscience, Biomedical Science, Psychology, Radiography and Medical Imaging. The Faculty has strong links with research institutes such as the Baker / IDI Research Institute, the Prince Henry’s Institute for Medical Research, the Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, as well as with our major teaching hospitals, principally Monash Medical Centre, The Alfred Hospital and Box Hill Hospital. In total, the Faculty operates in 125 practices and 68 hospitals, providing outstanding facilities and resources for clinical teaching. Some restructuring in the Faculty has led to the creation of two new Institutes; The Institute for Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences and the Monash Biomedicine Institute, which has a strong neuroscience research stream.
MONASH AT A GLANCE
- Monash is Australia’s most internationalised university.
- Monash has more than 62,000 students from over 100 countries.
- Monash is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities, recognised for excellence in teaching, learning, research and graduate outcomes.
- The Monash / Clayton cluster is home to CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI).
- Monash has eight campuses: six in Australia, one in Malaysia, one in South Africa and a centre in Prato, Italy.
- Monash has formed strong strategic partnerships in the UK (Warwick and Newcastle Universities), China (South East University, Suzhou) and India (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai).