More formally known as the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, the Brain Function CoE is an Australia-wide team of neuroscientists tackling the challenge of understanding how the human brain interacts with the world.
Uniquely, the Centre’s researchers combine techniques for analysing brain anatomy and physiology with advanced computational and imaging techniques for analysing the whole brain in action. This allows them to get a more complete understanding of the brain by bringing together in one place new findings about how the brain works at the cellular, circuit, and network or whole brain level.
Initially, the Centre’s neuroscientists are focusing on three things the human brain does that are key to our survival: focusing attention, predicting what might happen next, and making a decision.
It is these three fundamental brain functions that allow us to — say — slam on the brakes if a child runs in front of the car. These functions depend on the brain bringing together information from many sources, and they happen continuously, subconsciously, and at lightening speed.
The Brain Function CoE is led by Professor Gary Egan of Monash University, and supported by the Australian Research Council, which is providing A$20 million over seven years.
Besides researching the brain, the Centre is also training future research leaders skilled in multi-disciplinary approaches that meld neuroscience, physics, and engineering.
To share the journey of discovery, the Centre’s researchers are committed to on-going dialogue with the public about brain research and its implications for society through The Brain Dialogue, a Brain Function CoE initiative, and other means.
The Centre’s address is 770 Blackburn Rd, Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia
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