The Eccles Institute of Neuroscience (EIN), was launched in 2012 in new state of the art facilities within The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR). EIN was planned and built specifically to allow co-location of much of the neuroscience research on the ANU campus to take place under one roof. It currently comprises over a dozen independent research groups working in areas such as synaptic transmission, sensory processing, the retina, and muscle excitation – contraction coupling, with expertise in electrophysiology (patch-clamp & lipid bilayer), immunohistochemistry, advanced optical techniques (optogenetics & 2-photon), neural modeling and molecular genetics. This research is being carried out both in vitro and in vivo. EIN provides staff and students with an exceptional environment for research on brain function, with a cellular focus and an emphasis on signal processing in sensory systems.
The Eccles Institute Seminar Series: Presentations take place on Friday afternoons at 3.30pm in The Finkel Lecture Theatre - See the Current Schedule (PDF, 142 KB)
Journal Club: Takes place at 9.30am on Friday mornings in the Science Forum - See the Current Schedule (PDF, 203 KB)
Within EIN the main research areas are:
The Eccles Institute occupies a new wing of The John Curtin School of Medical Research Building. Completed in March 2012, this stage of the JCSMR redevelopment project has been constructed with the assistance of a $63M grant from the Commonwealth Government.
The Eccles Institute is named after neurophysiologist Sir John Carew Eccles (1903-1997). During the early 1950s, Eccles carried out experiments detailing the biophysical properties of synaptic transmission at JCSMR, which led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1963.