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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.


  • QBI Associate Professor Kai-Hsiang Chuang from the Queensland Brain Institute has identified new regions of the brain crucial to the formation of long-term memory.
  • Professionals working with children and young people will be offered training in brain science in an Australia-first initiative between UQ and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) through the Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership (TQKP). Thriving Kids Brain Builders is a neuroscience translation initiative being developed with QBI for people working across the health, education, social and community services, justice and housing sectors.
  • Dr Odette Leiter and Dr Tara Walker have discovered that platelets secrete a protein that rejuvenates neurons in aged mice in a similar way to physical exercise.

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