Governance

The Advisory Board

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function Advisory Board provides strategic direction and advice regarding all aspects of the Centre’s activities, and is comprised of Australian and international members of the neuroscience and broader research community.

Our Advisory Board Chair is Professor Lyn Beazley, who is an eminent scientific innovator, communicator, educator and neuroscientist.

Senior Leadership

The Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, Professor Gary Egan, oversees the Centre’s research and operations.

Deputy Director, Professor Marcello Rosa, and Associate Director, Professor Jason Mattingley, also play critical roles in the strategic development of key initiatives.

Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee oversees the Centre’s operations and comprises representatives from each research theme, collaborating institution and senior Centre personnel.

Administrative Team

Our extensive research program is supported by a team of management and administrative personnel located at each of our collaborating organisations throughout Australia.

Program Coordinators

Our Program Coordinators provide management and guidance for specialised programs that address societal, gender, education, computational and industry issues raised by brain research.

Governance Structure

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Our Centre

Working to uncover the brain’s secrets

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function was established in 2014 and is funded by the Australian Research Council’s Centres of Excellence program.

Our vision

To better understand how the brain interacts with the world.

Our mission

By focusing on the complex brain functions that underlie attention, prediction and decision-making, the ARC Centre for Integrative Brain Function researchers are undertaking fundamental investigations into the principles of brain structure and function.

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:

  1. Cells and Synapses
  2. Neural Circuits
  3. Brain Systems
  4. Models and Technologies.

Strategic objectives

The strategic objectives for the Centre’s next phase reflect the desired scientific, social and commercial outputs of Centre activities, and specific legacies that the Centre will leave following its seven-year funding period. These objectives include:

  1. Reveal how the brain integrates information in large-scale networks to yield complex behaviour
  2. Develop neural technologies and translate them into patentable devices and software; Ensure that Australians benefit from the rapid advances being made in neurotechnologies
  3. Maximise dissemination and exploitation of research findings across the education, medical and government sectors, into industry, and across the broader community, in order to bring about social change and progress
  4. Mentor a new generation of future leaders at the interfaces between neuroscience, physics, and engineering, to create an international competitive culture of combined theoretical and experimental neuroscience
  5. Position Australia amongst the world leaders in the international drive to expand the understanding of neuroscience. Serve as an Australian focal point for interactions with leading international neuroscience initiatives, including the Human Brain Project and the BRAIN initiative.


About

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.