The Melbourne Brain Centre houses researchers of the University of Melbourne, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Austin Health and Melbourne Health. The Centre comprises three state-of-the-art research facilities located at the University of Melbourne in Parkville, the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg and the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Parkville.
This wonderful centre is the focus of a $225 million project, and is the largest neuroscience facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere. It accommodates research on brain disorders that affect one in seven people, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy and mental illness.
Laboratory and office space is shared and meeting rooms, corridors and quiet areas have been designed with the specific aim of enhancing informal conversation – the best way to generate and discuss new ideas. The 250 seat lecture theatre has wireless internet connection and the laboratory, imaging and data processing spaces offers scientists the latest in technology. The public entry from Royal Parade becomes a major new gateway for the University, while the new facilities accommodate over 500 staff and include laboratories, research offices, magnetic resonance imaging suites and a brain bank. The generous foyer provides access to the cafe, bookshop, auditorium and Dax Gallery. A large staff collaboration lounge on the upper level, affording views over Parkville, provides a focus for informal staff gatherings so important to the formation of new science.
Designed from the outset to comply with the highest environmental standards, the facilities reduce the carbon footprint of the partners. The collection, storage and use of water, advanced light and ventilation controls, and upgrades in IT contribute to a more sustainable way of conducting research.
The design, construction and specialist fit-out of these facilities has been funded through significant assistance from the Federal Government of Australia, the Victorian Government, the University of Melbourne, the Ian Potter Foundation, the Myer Foundation and family and many other benefactors.