Monash neuroscientists are uncovering the secrets of how the nervous system allows us to interact with the surrounding environment, as well as how the brain communicates with and controls the tissues and organs of the body.

This research allows us to combat infertility, obesity, diabetes, blindness, deafness, stroke and memory loss.

By understanding how cells in different parts of the nervous system interact through chemical and electrical signals, our research is revealing how the nervous system works at the basic level.

Our scientists are breaking new ground in understanding how the brain regulates food intake and weight gain, how our hearing and vision work, and the processes of memory.

We are also developing a "bionic eye", a brain implant that could bring sight to up to 80 per cent of clinically blind people.

In Oct 2015 the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN) was launched. MICCN is the largest institute of its kind in Australia and the largest grouping of cognitive and clinical neuroscientists in the Asia-Pacific region.


Our researchers and industry partners have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including:

Working with industry

Monash encourages cross discipline collaboration with other research groups, clinical researchers and commercial enterprises to accelerate discovery and invention.

Our partners include:

  • MiniFAB
  • Grey Innovation
  • Antibodies Australia
  • Pfizer Australia
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Allergan

Contributing capabilities

  • Sensory and cognitive neuroscience
  • Cell system physiology
  • Reproductive neuroendocrinology
  • Cerebrovascular biology and immunopharmacology
  • Neural control of appetite and metabolism
  • Neurodegeneration