The Australian Brain Alliance (ABA) is led by a steering committee comprised of Australia’s leading neuroscientists and psychologists, chaired by Emeritus Professor Patricia Michie.
The ABA was established in February 2016 under the auspices of the Australian Academy of Science with founding members
including the Academy’s National Committee on Brain and Mind and the peak bodies of the Australasian Neuroscience Society
and the Australian Psychological Society. Since its inception, the ABA has grown to include 28 member organizations, including
most major Australian universities and research institutes engaged in brain research.
Mission and Scope
The ABA has proposed the establishment of an Australian Brain Initiative (ABI), a transformative brain research agenda aimed
at coordinating Australia’s existing brain researchers and scientists from other disciplines with the aim of ‘‘cracking the brain’s
code.’’ With an integrative convergence science research agenda, alongside a novel translational framework, the ABA
expects the proposed ABI to make significant advances toward optimizing and restoring brain function, developing advanced
neural interfaces, understanding the neural basis of learning across the lifespan, and developing new insights for brain-inspired
The ABA will work with government, industry, and philanthropic organizations to secure cooperative funding for the proposed
Australian Brain Initiative.
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