In 2012, The Eccles Institute of Neuroscience was launched at The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) at the ANU. This new state of the art facility allows the co-location of much of the neuroscience research on the ANU campus under one roof. Research groups will come together to share their ideas on the nervous system and expertise in electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, advanced optical techniques, neural modelling and molecular genetics. The Eccles Institute of Neuroscience provides staff and students an exceptional base for research in areas including brain function, vision, hearing and hypertension as well as neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and dementia.
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.