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Unlocking the code to the brain: Australia can hold the key

26 March, 2018 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Free to attend
artistic rendition of a neuron-like network

The Future of Brain Science and Technology

The human brain is a complex system: the most sophisticated machine that science has yet encountered. For thousands of years, its workings have been locked in obscurity. Today, we are discovering just how much we have still to learn.

But the horizon of possibility has shifted.

Decades of patient investment in basic science and breakthrough technologies have pulled the answers to fundamental questions within reach. People across the global – governments, industry and communities – are assembling the critical mass to transform the way that research is practised.

Brain science is becoming Big Science: pursuing ambitious missions with the focus and commitment that sent humans to the Moon.

We are beginning to crack the brain’s code.

Expert panellists will answer questions and discuss the opportunities and challenges for brain science research and technology in Australia.


Professor Linda Richards

Chair, Australian Brain Alliance

Deputy Director Research, Queensland Brain Institute

Dr Isabell Kiral-Kornek

Engineer, Early-Mid Career Researcher

Brain-Inspired Computing, IBM Research Australia

Associate Professor Adrian Carter

Research and lecturer in Neuro-ethics

School of Psychology, Monash University

Professor Michael Breakspear

Clinical psychiatrist

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Professor Andre van Schaik

Research Professor, Bioelectronics & Neuroscience

Marcs Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development

Dr. Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Session Chair)

Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre



26 March, 2018
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free to attend
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King Edward Terrace
Parkes, ACT 2600 Australia