About Us

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute based in Sydney, Australia. As a leader in brain and nervous system research, our goal is to prevent, treat and cure brain and nervous system diseases, disorders and injuries through medical research.

Read about our research achievements in our NeuRA Profile 2015.

We were previously known as the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute. Watch the video marking the launch of our new identity.

Watch a short interview with NeuRA's Executive Director, Prof Peter Schofield:

The Sydney Alliance for Healthcare, Research and Training

Neuroscience Research Australia is part of the Sydney Alliance for Healthcare, Research and Training. Combines with universities, hospitals and research centres, the alliance will allow large, collaborative research to be carried out where appropriate. It also facilitates development of consistent, “best practices” across a State or region.

Find out more about the alliance by watching this video.

The importance of neuroscience research

Every year, one in five Australians is struck down with a major brain or mind disorder. At Neuroscience Research Australia, we are dedicated to reducing this burden on our community. For many affected by these devastating diseases, medical research offers the only hope.

Some of the many aspects of neuroscience we explore include:

Here are just a few of our recent achievements:

  • New national child restraint legislation introduced based on our research - read more
  • Discovery of a gene and potential treatment for frontotemporal dementia - read more

How can you help?

Donations and bequests play a key role in allowing us to continue our important research. Will you help us? As an independent, not-for-profit research institute, we urgently need your support. Find out more about how you can help our research.


We also attract competitive external grant funding from a number of national and international organisations, including:

  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Australian Research Council
  • Ian Potter Foundation
  • National Heart Foundation
  • SpinalCure Australia
  • Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
  • Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation
  • Australian Rotary Health Research Fund
  • National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)
  • Brain Foundation
  • Pfizer Australia
  • Alzheimer's Australia
  • Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia