From advances in dementia and mental health to discoveries in chronic pain and falls prevention, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has been at the forefront of neuroscience for over 30 years. We are an independent, not-for-profit, medical research institute dedicated to improving the lives of people living with brain and nervous system disorders.

Over 30 years of impact

At a time when the burden of neurological disorders is growing rapidly, NeuRA is a champion of biomedical research and working urgently with our network of researchers, supporters and advocates to accelerate life-changing scientific discoveries that will benefit all Australians and deliver international impact.

What started in 1990 as discussion around a kitchen table between four scientists has now become a 425-person strong institute with 28 research groups and purpose-built facilities. Based in the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct, Sydney, we support the most passionate scientists leading the most promising research – all while continuing to promote awareness, community education, and inspire lifelong support for neuroscience research.

Our Vision

To improve the health and lives of those living with brain and nervous system disorders

Our Mission

To discover solutions for neurodegeneration, mental health and healthy ageing through world-class medical research.

What are our research focus areas?

Every year, one in five Australians is diagnosed with a major brain or mind disorder. At NeuRA, we are dedicated to reducing this burden on our economy and community. For many affected by these diseases, medical research offers the only hope.

As researchers, it is our job to ensure that the health problems of today are not the health problems of tomorrow. To address the most pressing health needs and achieve maximum impact, our research is divided into three strategic themes: neurodegeneration, mental health and translational neuroscience. Within these areas, we research a broad range of conditions including some of those listed below.


Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, brain ageing research in Indigenous populations.

Mental Health

Wellbeing and resilience, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.

Translational neuroscience

Balance and falls, pain and injury, brain mapping.

Our strategy

Biomedical research is about solving problems. As health problems change and evolve, so must we to address community needs.

At NeuRA, we have a clearly articulated 2022-2024 strategy focuses on a clear vision and outcomes, greater collaboration, growing our impact, and becoming a more cohesive and dynamic place to work.