You can help progress our research

You don't have to be a scientist to get involved with QBI. We offer a range of opportunities for everyday people to connect and progress our research and discoveries.

The foundation for all of our work is the funding we receive through a range of sources, including philanthropic donations from our generous supporters. There are many ways to give to QBI: directly, through planned giving, or holding fundraising events that entertain or challenge supporters as they dig deep to help us better understand the brain. 

We also offer opportunities for students to learn directly from our inspiring researchers through lab placements, and for community members to tour our facilities and attend events. Finally, you can give one of the greatest gifts of all by volunteering for studies to advance treatments and diagnostics for brain diseases and disorders.

What your donations fund

Through your support you are helping QBI solve the major neurological health challenges facing our community today

World leading research

Brightest scientific minds

Solutions to global health challenges

Brain Research Endowment Fund

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QBI’s Brain Research Endowment Fund supports scientists exploring the unknown, which will guide new research on finding cures for diseases or improving quality of life.

Community & school programs


Australian Brain Bee

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a competition for high school students in year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, learn about neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses. 

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Participate in a research study

By being part of our human research studies you can make a valuable contribution to improving the lives of people living with brain disease and disorder.


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Research in action

  • Research at The University of Queensland could eventually help develop viable treatments - and ultimately a cure - for motor neuron disease (MND). Dr Adam Walker and co-authors from QBI have identified biochemical changes in a protein that is affected by MND.
  • Generous UQ donors, Alan and Wendy Grummitt, grew up in a world where life was always a bit of a struggle, facing the challenge in their early lives of making ends meet. But when their many years of hard work and dedication brought them good fortune, the couple knew they had a responsibility to help ease the burden on others.
  • On Thursday, March 23, the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) hosted the 2023 Merson Lecture – an annual lecture named in honour of Dr David Merson, who supported the series to promulgate the most impactful brain research. This year, Professor Eric J Nestler MD PhD travelled to QBI from New York to discuss his work on the neurobiology of depression. 


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