Welcome from Head of Department

Janet Keast

Janet Keast, BSc (Adelaide), PhD (Flinders)

Welcome to the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, a home for world-class research and teaching.

Our research in neuroscience, cell and developmental biology, and anatomical sciences aims to understand fundamental biological mechanisms in order to develop new treatments for injury and disease states. Our researchers are located in the Medical Building and the Melbourne Brain Centre, and include research teams from Stem Cells Australia and the Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit. The Department has excellent research facilities, including confocal, fluorescence and live cell imaging microscopes, laser capture dissection, tissue culture facilities, an excellent histology laboratory and a new molecular biology suite. Our Department also hosts the Australian Phenomics Network Histopathology and Organ Pathology Service, providing detailed histological phenotyping and digital scanning of data from mutant mice. The synergy between these activities provides a vibrant environment for undergraduate and postgraduate training, and a friendly and supportive intellectual community to encourage development of early career researchers.

The Department has a rich history in teaching anatomy, beginning in 1862 with the appointment of the first Professor John Britton Halford as Professor of General Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology. Teaching in topographic anatomy continues to be a major area of activity in the Department, enhanced by well-equipped dissection facilities and valuable educational resources of the nearby Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. Our teaching program includes students from the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Science, with subjects including topographic anatomy, integrated neuroscience, cell and developmental biology and an exciting new subject on stem cells.

Our Department looks forward to growing our links to the community. These currently include educational programs held in conjunction with the Museum and research tours for high school students involved in the Australian Brain Bee Challenge. We also value the generosity of the community via our Body Donor Program, essential to the future training of our health professionals.

We hope you will take a moment to explore this web site to learn more about our teaching, research and community activities. If you would like further information on any of these, please contact us.

Best wishes

Janet Keast

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