I am delighted to have stepped into the role as Director of the Queensland Brain Institute. I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to every­one for their support and best wishes.

QBI began in 2003, with only 12 of us in the small corner of an old building. The fact that we have since grown to more than 400 staff and students owes a great deal to Professor Perry Bartlett. I am grateful, as we all are, for his efforts in establishing and growing QBI.

QBI is truly a world leader in neuroscience research. I look forward to what the next decade will bring for the institute, as we build on the fundamental science – so-called ‘basic’ research – that forms the basis for untold future discoveries. 

Scientific endeavour is made possible by a significant investment of time and money, and the rewards are most worthwhile. Given Australia’s ageing population, the urgent need to find treatments and alleviate the burden of neurological disease has never been greater. 

QBI scientists have already achieved many breakthroughs in areas ranging from dementia to learning, and our future successes will lead to new treatments and cures, improved technol­ogies, and advances in society’s wellbeing. 

I look forward to sharing news of our discoveries as they occur, and thank you for your continuing support of QBI. 

Professor Pankaj Sah

Director, Queensland Brain Institute