Working with researchers leaders at Monash University, we helped to establish Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience one of Australia's largest research institutes in this field.

Background

The Monash University School of Psychological Sciences has recently undergone a major transition, enhancing its research excellence and associated education and research training programs. Simultaneously, it joined with the School of Biomedical Sciences and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute to create the Sub-Faculty of Biomedical and Psychological Sciences. These changes created an opportunity to establish a new research institute, brining together researchers from across the school as well as other parts of Monash University – and further enhance the reputation and research outcomes of the School.

Approach

Working collaboratively with the Head of the School, senior staff and administrators at the School of Psychological Sciences, we developed and refined a Business Plan for the formation of a new research institute – the Monash Institute of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience. The Business Plan described the role of the Institute in enhancing the research, education and research training activities of the school, faculty and university and their relationship to national and international priorities. It set these sections out as per the Monash University guidelines for the formation of research centres and institutes.

Results

We helped create a Business Plan that was approved on first submission (with minor revisions); thus allowing the establishment of a new research Institute at Monash University – the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences. In late 2015 and early 2016, the institute will formally come together, including the formation of the three research programs – Addiction, Attention and Memory and Sleep; along with the industry-focused research training centre – the Doctoral Training Centre. As part of the process, we also supported the preparation of a proposal to establish a philanthropically-funded program of Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (funded to over $5 million).

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