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ANU opens doors to state-of-the-art medical research

Australia’s medical research has been given a boost with the opening of the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) at the Australian National University on 13 August.

The AU$144 million JCSMR has taken a decade to build in three stages. The AU$60 million price tag for the third and final stage was funded by the federal government under its Health and Hospital fund.

New facilities include research and laboratory space for clinical and biomedical research genomics, translational and personalised medicine, pharmaco-genetics and vision, and neurological and sensory diseases including memory loss, epilepsy and blindness, the university said in a statement.

The federal government has commissioned a strategic review of health and medical research, due by the end of the year, to help it prepare for a 10-year strategy.