World-renowned centre of discovery science and translational research for diseases and injuries of the nervous system.

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We aim to optimise and accelerate outcomes for people with severe disability by continuously striving to discover better treatments sooner. Our centre engages with the community to shape our research approach and to deliver solutions that make a difference to the quality of life of people with diseases and injuries of the nervous system.

The Centre is within the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery and the Menzies Health Institute Queensland.

The Clem Jones Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Clem Jones Group. The trustees are dedicated to benefiting the community through ongoing commitments to the wishes and philosophies of the late Dr Clem Jones AO.

Our projects

Spinal Injury

This project is a translational research program developing an olfactory cell transplantation therapy for chronic and acute spinal cord injury.

Neurodegeneration

This project is investigating how pathogens can invade the brain and spinal cord via nerves within the nose, and the growing association between pathogens and neurodegeneration, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.

Peripheral Nerve Repair

This project is creating new three-dimensional (3D) cell transplantation options (nerve bridges) to repair peripheral nerve injuries.

Chief Investigators

A/Prof Jenny Ekberg

A/Prof Jenny Ekberg is a Project Leader at the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research. She is a discovery research neuroscientist who determines the causes of injuries and diseases of the nervous system and explores novel approaches for therapy development.

A/Prof James St John

A/Prof James St John is Head of the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research. He is a translational research neuroscientist who is developing cell transplantation and drug therapies to treat injuries and diseases of the nervous system.

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