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Welcome to the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), home to 250 researchers, all working to unlock the mysteries of the brain to generate new knowledge, understand learning and memory, develop new technologies to improve lives, and diagnose and treat brain disease and mental health. Support our exciting research.


  • Researchers have discovered a new way RNA impacts fear-related learning and memory, demonstrating that a noncoding RNA known as Gas5 coordinates the trafficking and clustering of RNA molecules inside the long processes of neurons,contributing to learning and memory.
  • For the first time, University of Queensland (UQ) researchers have shown how the tau protein, known for its role in dementias, behaves where communication in the brain takes place.
  • ​​​​​​​Researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute have secured more than $2.7 million in Australian Research Council (ARC), 2024 Discovery Projects Scheme.

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The path scientists follow to discovery is never a straight line, but rather a twisting journey inspired by a deep desire to explore new ground and unexpected avenues of enquiry.


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