Neurosciences

St Vincent's Hospital Sydney

“Neuroscience in the 21st Century is undergoing a revolution in treatments ranging from stroke to brain tumours and the fast-approaching regenerative and replacement therapies which will transform patient care”.

- Bruce Brew MBBS MD FRACP
Professor of Medicine (Neurology)
Head of Neurology, Program Director (Medicine),
Department of Neurology, St Vincent’s Hospital

Almost one in ten Australians has a nervous system disorder - often chronic in nature - while others will require a neurosurgical intervention secondary to trauma. One in twenty patients admitted to our hospitals receives care by our neurologists or neurosurgeons.

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

The main aim of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research’s neuroscience research is to increase our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underpin the capacity of the human brain to learn and to think, and the alterations in neuronal systems involved in disorders such as Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, eating disorders, hearing loss and pain.

We are utilising many techniques, including basic molecular biology, genomics, transgenic animal models, sophisticated imaging and integrated physiology approaches. In particular, we hope to find ways to regenerate the nervous system for therapeutic purposes and to better understand the brain's control of body functions, particularly the regulation of energy balance (intake and expenditure), which affects fertility, mood, weight gain and physical fitness.