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Seven-storey boost to neuroscience

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP Minister for Health Minister for Medical Research


23 July 2013

Seven-Storey Boost to Neuroscience

A new, seven-storey medical research building in Randwick is expected to become a central hub linking Australia‟s brain research programs, the Federal Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, Tanya Plibersek, said today.

“The building, with its cutting-edge laboratories, is the first stage of an internationally-significant neuroscience research precinct that will employ 700 research staff,” Ms Plibersek said during the building‟s official opening.

Neuroscience Research Australia‟s new $54 million Margarete Ainsworth Building has room for 120 researchers and many of the organisation‟s 300 researchers, staff and students have moved into its laboratories.

The Federal Government provided Neuroscience Research Australia with $30 million to construct the new facility on Barker Street in Randwick.

“The new building will provide a huge boost to Australia‟s neuroscience research. Our scientists will be able to manage mental illness research from „bench to bedside‟,” Ms Plibersek said.

“NeuRA is already one of Australia‟s largest centres of brain research and is known internationally for its research with patients, and its laboratory research programs in fields like mental illness and neurodegenerative disorders.

“While Australia has one of the world‟s best-performing health systems, we need to devise new ways to drive improvements in healthcare delivery. This requires well-linked and internationally-competitive medical research - which will be possible in this new precinct in Randwick.”

The project will link the research of NeuRA, the Black Dog Institute, the University of NSW and the NSW Government Local Health District, including the Prince of Wales Hospital and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

Commonwealth funding for the new building is part of the $5 billion nation-building Health and Hospitals Fund.

Additional contributions included $6 million from the NSW Government, $12 million from private donors and $6 million from NeuRA‟s investment strategy.

The seven-storey Margarete Ainsworth Building contains clinical research rooms, administrative offices, laboratories and space for a future sleep laboratory. Work will focus on a range of areas including alzheimers, dementia, falls, and towards finding a cure for schizophrenia.