The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute was one of the original Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes and operated from 2010-2018. Its mission was to effect ground-breaking research via interdisciplinary partnerships, collaborations and new strategic initiatives with the view of translation of these outputs to improved health and teaching outcomes. Through the creation of interdisciplinary research opportunities and access to world-leading technologies and applications, the MNI contributed to the translation of neuroscience research into clinical outcomes for institutional, hospital and commercial partners. The Institute was led with distinction by Professor Trevor Kilpatrick.
Through stewardship of cross-faculty activities involving collaboration with researchers from areas such as Medicine, Mental Health, Engineering, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Ophthalmology, Law, Economics, Music, and Social Sciences, the Institute enhanced interdisciplinary neuroscience at the University.
The University of Melbourne has an outstanding international profile in many facets of the Neurosciences and has a cohort of eminent researchers in this field of endeavour. The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute supported neuroscience research and related disciplines at the University of Melbourne, acting as a conduit for collaborative research in the neurosciences.
The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute facilitated research that both enhanced the objectives of existing endeavors and optimised new, emergent and strategic opportunities.
The following research initiatives were identified and supported by the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute as acknowledged major strengths of University-based neuroscience research and of key affiliates which would benefit from enhanced collaborative interactions.
The Institute also built and supported a range of innovative research and educational neuroscience programs at the University, including the Neuroscience Phd Program.
MNI Fellowships provided an opportunity for the University to promote strategic interdisciplinary research projects in the Neurosciences and related disciplines. With support for one year, the MNI Fellows were instrumental in facilitating the coming together of academic staff from across disciplines to work on a project consistent with the broad research objectives of the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute. Fellowship recipients represented a broad interdisciplinary base,
- 2017: Dr Susan Northfield, School of Biomedical Sciences and Dr Bao Nguyen, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences.
- 2016: Dr David Simpson and Dr Julian Simmons.
- 2015: Dr Alexander Grubman, Department of Pathology and Dr Andrew Watt, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.
- 2014: Dr Michael Hildebrand, Department of Medicine, Austin Health and Dr Christine Nguyen, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences.
- 2013: Dr Valentina Lorenzetti, Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre and Dr Toby Merson, Florey Neuroscience Institute.
- 2012: Dr Sandy Schultz and Dr Lin Hung.
- 2011: Dr Andrew Zalesky, Department of Psychiatry and Dr Peter Crouch, Department of Pathology.
A comprehensive view of the Institute's programs and contribution to the University's interdisciplinary research landscape is available from its Annual Reports (2011-2017).