The John Curtin School of Medical Research is Australia’s national medical research institute. We excel in multidisciplinary, translational medical research in fields including immunology, cancer, genomics, neuroscience, mental health, infectious diseases, obesity and metabolic disorders.
Founded in 1948, the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR), Australian National University, is Australia's national medical research institute. The School was conceptualized by Australia-born Baron Howard Florey, who won the Nobel Prize in 1945 for his contribution to creating penicillin as a drug while working at Oxford University.
We are named after Australia's wartime Prime Minister, John Curtin, who was very supportive of Florey's concept for an Australian-based, world-class, medical research School. JCSMR rapidly achieved international prominence and recognition. A former Director, Professor Frank Fenner, was the Chairman of the Global Commission for the Certification of Smallpox Eradication.
We have had the distinction of three of our investigators receiving Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine for work conducted here: