The Westmead campus integrates a range of partners to offer accessible and collaborative research facilities which operate as the base for the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, the NICM Health Research Institute and the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI).

158-162 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead
(02) 9852 5222

*All general enquiries and correspondence should be directed to:

Western Sydney University
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751

Getting to uni

Westmead train station is only a five minute walk away.

The campus is well serviced by public buses, close to the bus interchange on Darcy Road.

If you prefer to bike it into uni, there are bicycle stands available at the WIQ building.

About the Research Institutes

Three of the University's internationally recognised Institutes — the NICM Health Research Institute, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, and the Translational Health Research Institute reside at our Westmead campus, alongside key tenants, CSIRO, WentWest, Psych Central and Telstra Health. The Westmead campus forms part of the globally recognised Westmead Health and Innovation Precinct.

These three institutes conduct research across the following themes:

  • Mental and Physical Health
  • Brain Sciences
  • Biomedical and Human Technologies
  • Neuromorphic Systems
  • Integrative medicine
  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Health, Culture and Society
  • Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan
  • Preventing and Managing Chronic Disease


NICM Health Research Institute

NICM Health Research Institute is Australia’s leader in integrative and complementary medicine research and policy. Our state-of-the-art facilities include TGA certified and ODC licensed laboratories across herbal analysis, pharmacology, and medicinal cannabis. Additionally, we also have GMP manufacturing facilities, clinical trial facilities, and an integrative medicine clinic.

Pioneers in the field since 1989, we are proud to be the largest Australian university to teach and research in the field of integrative and complementary medicine. The Institute was established at Western Sydney University in 2007 with bi-partisan support from the federal and NSW state governments.

MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development (MARCS)

The MARCS Institute builds on 20 years’ of research into human interaction across the lifespan. The Institute is renowned for outstanding fundamental science and impactful translational research. The Institute collaborates with universities and research partners across the world. More than 120 researchers work in 12 specialist laboratories to better understand brain function and improve wellbeing.

The MARCS Institute embraces a suite of disciplines from software, electrical and biomedical engineering through to developmental psychology, language science, cognitive neuroscience and music science. 

The Translational Health Research Institute (THRI)

The Translational Health Research Institute (THRI) is a health and medical research institute with a research node at the Westmead precinct. As part of the Westmead Innovation Quarter, a purpose-built, translational research hub with flexible spaces for health and clinical research enables researchers from across the University to collaborate with those from other universities, industry, community and government.

With a focus on translation and impact, THRI examines disease both acute and chronic through a network of 180 researchers. It also uplifts research across the University, integrating it into policy and practice to have a real impact on people’s lives by improving health outcomes.