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Welcome to the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), home to 350 researchers and 34 faculty, 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 researchers have presented their perspective of how focused ultrasound (FUS) may be employed to revolutionise the treatment of a wide range of neurological disorders, providing non-invasive, targeted therapies that can improve patient outcomes and quality of life.
  • A Parkinson's associated gene contributed to a build up of cell debris in the brain. This discovery could shift the focus of Parkinson's treatments.
  • QBI researchers have discovered that an extract from the Lion's mane mushroom and its active components largely increase the size of growth cones, which are particularly important for brain cells to sense their environment and establish new connections with other neurons in the brain.

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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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