John Curtin School of Medical Research

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The John Curtin School of Medical Research

The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCMSR) is a major biomedical research centre in Australia, and part of the Australian National University, Canberra. The school was founded in 1948, as a result of the vision of Australian Nobel Laureate Sir Howard Florey and Prime Minister John Curtin.

The Nobel Prize-winning Peter C. Doherty conducted his award-winning research here, discovering the way T cells interact with the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) in antigen recognition. Sir John Eccles was the Foundation Professor of Physiology at JCSMR when he received the Nobel Prize in 1963. The Eccles Institute of Neuroscience (EIN) will be headquartered in a new $60 million wing of JCSMR from 2012. Major action star Jackie Chan has made donations to the School, with the Director in 2006 announcing the Jackie Chan Science Centre will be named after him.[1]

On 28 August 2006, the new ACRF Biomolecular Resource Facility was officially opened within the John Curtin School of Medical Research—a new facility focusing on investigating the molecular aspects of cancer biology. The facility is partially supported by a $1.13 million grant awarded in 2004 by the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.[2] The ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision Science, funded by $16.6 million in grants since 2005, is also hosted at JCSMR.



  • Fenner, F., and Curtis, D. 2001. The John Curtin School of Medical Research; the first fifty years. Brolga Press ISBN 1-875495-33-9

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Coordinates: 35°16′55″S 149°06′54″E / 35.282°S 149.115°E / -35.282; 149.115