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International Partner Institutions

The HBI’s international activities are focused on partnerships with institutions recognized as global leaders in brain and mental health whose research, educational programs and values align with the HBI.




The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health is one of the world’s leading brain research centres and the largest neuroscience research team in Australia. The Florey employs more than 500 staff and educates in excess of 100 postgraduate students per year.

The Florey's teams are world leaders in imaging technology, stroke rehabilitation and epidemiological studies. They work on a range of serious diseases including:

  • stroke
  • epilepsy
  • Alzheimer's
  • movement disorders
  • multiple sclerosis
  • motor neuron disease
  • traumatic brain and spinal cord injury
  • mental illness: depression, schizophrenia and addiction

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. The Neuroscience research programs and departments at Karolinska Institutet offer an international environment to study the development and function of the nervous system in health and disease.

Research aims include the understanding of the complexity of neural circuits, how they are shaped and reshaped during development through adulthood to process sensory information, drive behaviour and give rise to the functions of the mind. Karolinska Institutet's research has a direct bearing on neurological and psychiatric diseases including neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute (MNI) draws on the astounding breadth of neuroscience research activity at the University of Melbourne and is the principal body for the promotion of cross-disciplinary research in the neurosciences at the University of Melbourne.

Research themes at the MNI include:

  • The Centre for Neural Imaging
  • Music, Mind and Wellbeing
  • Stem Cells Australia
  • The Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit

The University of Oxford has a long and illustrious history of neuroscience research dating back to the 17th century. Today, Oxford is particularly strong in basic and clinical neuroscience, linking the function of genes and cells to systems and behaviour.

Neuroscience research is performed in a number of departments and multidisciplinary centres/units across four campuses, which include the John Radcliffe Hospital (JRH). Clinical research focuses in particular on experimental medicine, imaging and functional neuroscience in the areas of ophthalmology, mental health, neuropsychology and neurology.

There is a high degree of collaboration between basic and clinical scientists and a strong emphasis on translational research. Translational research spans the whole arena of neuroscience and includes the use of genetics, stem cells, drug discovery, biomarkers, gene therapy, brain stimulation and visual prostheses. The university has particular strengths in the use of multimodal imaging, coupled with molecular and psychological profiling, to develop biomarkers of disease/treatment efficacy for pain, psychiatry and neurodegenerative disease.