How does the brain interact with the world?

The brain is the most complex structure in the universe. Knowledge about this fascinating organ is being uncovered at a rapid pace but to truly understand how our brains function, we need to integrate research across multiple disciplines.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function seeks to better understand how the brain interacts with the world by focusing on the brain’s intricate structure and functions that underlie attention, prediction and decision-making.

To achieve this goal, we are facilitating collaborations amongst Australia’s leading brain researchers in the fields of brain anatomy and physiology, neuronal networks, neural circuits, brain systems, human behaviour and neurotechnologies.

Integrating four research themes

The Centre is studying the relationship between brain activity and behaviour at multiple spatial and temporal scales, to build an integrated model of how attention, prediction and decision-making occurs. This is being accomplished by a research program based on four interconnected themes:

  • Cells and Synapses
  • Neural Circuits
  • Brain Systems
  • Models and Technologies.

By integrating the work of neuroscientists, physicists and engineers, we are making significant advances in unravelling the mysteries of the brain and how it interacts with the world.

Bringing together brain researchers

Our researchers are leaders in their respective fields. By collaborating with different teams within the Centre, they are making discoveries about the brain that couldn’t be achieved by one group alone.

Our researchers are based at leading universities throughout Australia, including Monash University, The University of Queensland, The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, Australian National University and The University of New South Wales.

We also have investigators based at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and 11 other partnering institutions in Europe, Japan and the USA.