Brain & Mind Research Institute
Diseases of the brain and mind, including substance abuse, clinical depression and dementia now account for more than 40 percent of all illness. These diseases are devastating for those affected, their families, and for society, costing the Australian economy an estimated $30 billion each year.
The BMRI brings together patients, support groups and front-line carers with scientists and clinicians working in neurosciences and brain research, providing hope for those affected.
Professor Ian Bernard Hickie
Professor Hickie is the Commissioner in the new National Mental Health Commission and oversees enhanced accountability for mental health reform in Australia. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute.Find out more
14 August | Stuck in neutral: brain defect traps schizophrenics in twilight zone
People with schizophrenia struggle to turn goals into actions because brain structures governing desire and emotion are less active and fail to pass goal-directed messages to cortical regions affecting human decision-making, new research reveals. Read more about this research.
6 August | New national centre of excellence targets better mental health for young people
Raising the number of young people who receive tailored, evidence-based care for emerging mood disorders is the aim of a new national centre of research excellence launching in Sydney today.
Named Optymise, the NHMRC-funded service puts young people and their families at the centre of mental health care, says the one of the centre's architects, the University of Sydney's Professor Ian Hickie. Read the full article.
31 July | Promising new advances in treatments for autism
Promising new treatments for autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and behavioural problems in children were revealed by world-leading researchers at a free symposium hosted by the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute. Read more about the symposium.
8 October | 21st Century Medicine - Teenagers, Technology and Mental Health
As the burden of mental health disorders increases among young people in the 21st century, a major question is whether we can use new technologies to support high quality mental health care for more people at low cost. Find out more about this upcoming event.