The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health is one of the world’s top 10 brain research centres. The organisation is made up of three medical research institutes committed to finding cures for brain disease.

In mid-2007 the Brain Research Institute, the Howard Florey Institute and the National Stroke Research Institute agreed to strengthening their scientific and administrative links with the option of a complete merger within five years.

Encouraged by the support of state and federal government, major donors and other research partners the organisation set about a massive capital raising effort to build two research facilities at the University of Melbourne in Parkville, and at The Austin Hospital in Heidelberg. The buildings would be a shared scientific space with the University of Melbourne, the Mental Health Research Institute and Melbourne Health and would known as the Melbourne Brain Centre.

By mid-2009 a merging scientific vision and streamlined administration was emerging in the Florey and the substantial funding hurdle was reached. Over $200 million was committed with the major contributors being, the Federal and State Governments, the University of Melbourne, Austin Health, the Potter Foundation and the Myer Foundation and family.

Through 2010, construction at the Austin and Parkville advanced rapidly and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health worked with its partners in the Melbourne Brain Centre towards occupation of the buildings by March and August 2011 respectively.