Medical and Scientific: ANU to shut Nobel-winning arm

18 Mar 2021 - Medical and Scientific

The Australian National University plans to shut its research in neuroscience, the field in which it won its first Nobel prize, as it reels from a 2020 deficit of $200m and heads towards its debt ceiling. The university’s vice-chancellor, Brian Schmidt, told staff in an update that “there is not a surprise surplus as seen at other universities — we will unfortunately see a deficit for 2020, as we expected”. Russell Gruen, the dean of ANU’s College of Health and Medicine said that narrowing the focus in biomedical research would allow the university’s prestigious John Curtin School of Medical Research to continue work in its other core fields of immunology, genome science and cancer, as well as pursuing opportunities to commercialise research.

The Australian; 18/03/2021; Page 1