I am delighted to announce the establishment of Australia’s first Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC) at UQ, an initiative led by QBI. The Centre will, for the first time, allow us to translate what we have discovered about how the brain learns into developing new ways to deliver learning in the classroom and elsewhere.

This idea has taken four years to come to fruition, having been first suggested to the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council in 2009 by an Expert Working Group of which I was a member.

This “benchtop to blackboard” approach is revolutionary for the learning community, and is led by Centre Director, Professor Ottmar Lipp from UQ’s School of Psychology, Professor Pankaj Sah from QBI, Professor John Hattie from the University of Melbourne, and Dr Mike Timms from ACER.

While our continued success in attaining competitive grant funding is vital to our ongoing research, equally important is the money we receive from our generous donors, whose valuable support allows us to more rapidly pursue and obtain our research goals, and ultimately, to develop new therapeutics to treat the enormous burden of neurological disease and mental ill health in our community.

This edition of Neuroscience News features a number of our key discoveries made over the past 12 months, which have been aided by philanthropic support.

Professor Perry Bartlett FAA
Director, Queensland Brain Institute