THE internet and video streaming may be bringing the world closer, but for scientists nothing beats chance encounters in corridors for generating new ideas.
Putting almost 500 neuroscientists together in one building and seeing what comes out is a key aim of the $225 million Melbourne Brain Centre facility that officially opens at Melbourne University today.
It is hoped the collaboration will generate new treatments for a host of brain disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and depression.
The Melbourne Brain Centre aims to have the critical mass to support world-class laboratories and help stem the overseas brain drain.
“The critical mass makes a huge difference in terms of collaboration and raising the profile of neuroscience,” multiple sclerosis researcher Ben Emery told The Australian.