Neuroscience Research Australia

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Neuroscience Research Australia
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Established 1991 (1991)
Research type Medical research
Director Professor Peter R Schofield
Faculty 260
Location Sydney, New South Wales
Campus Randwick
Nickname NeuRA
Affiliations University of New South Wales

Neuroscience Research Australia (or NeuRA) is an independent medical research institute based in Sydney, Australia. Previously called the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, the institute relaunched as Neuroscience Research Australia on 1 June 2010.[1][2] NeuRA is accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council.[3]

Neuroscience Research Australia is made up of approximately 260 researchers specialising in research on the brain and nervous system in health and disease.

The current executive director is Professor Peter R Schofield.[4]

Research activity[edit]

NeuRA’s research activity is organised into five themes:

NeuRA also houses research centres, including the Sydney Brain Bank[5] and Genetic Repositories Australia.[6]


NeuRA was established in 1991 by Professor Ian McCloskey, Professor David Burke, Professor Simon Gandevia and Professor Erica Potter with the support of the Eastern Sydney Area Health Service (now South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service) and the University of New South Wales.

In 1993 the institute was established as an independent, not-for-profit company[7] and researchers moved into buildings on the site of the old Randwick Chest Hospital, next to the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. It was officially opened on 8 November 1993 by the Commonwealth Minister for Health Graham Richardson and the NSW Minister for Health Ron Phillips.

On 15 November 2000, the Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr, officially opened the new sections of the institute.

In June 2009 the Minister for Science and Medical Research Jodi McKay opened the Prince Henry Wing extension.

In March 2010, the NSW government gave planning approval to the concept and project plans for a Neuroscience Research Precinct to be built on the existing site.[8] Building works began on the first phase of the project in March 2010.

Future expansion[edit]

The completed Neuroscience Research Precinct will provide six stories of laboratory and clinical research space, providing 25,000m2 of floor space and housing up to 700 researchers.[8]


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