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.
A number of clinics operate at the BMRI, providing innovative care to clients and an important platform to enhance research efforts.
The BMRI also regularly recruits members of the community to participate in clinical research.
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia scholarship boosts research into brain tissue loss in MS
25 February: MS Research Australia have awarded a scholarship to BMRI PhD student Dr Heidi Beadnall to determine whetherbrain tissue loss measured with MRI are a useful tool for tracking disease progression and the effects of treatments in individuals who have MS. This work is part of the MS Research Program and make use of facilities provided by SNAC and the MS Clinic at the BMRI. Find out more.
21 February: Professor Stewart Einfeld today launched the new Stepping Stones Triple P project, which aims to reduce high levels of emotional and behavioural problems in children with a disability. The project involves training health and education professionals to administer free support to parents in New South Wales who have children with developmental disabilities. Find out more.
Omega 3 and antidepressants may hold key to avoiding depression and dementia in later life
21 February: A BMRI study led by Associate Professor Sharon Naismith is looking into the effectiveness of omega-3 supplements and the antidepressant, sertraline, in reducing depressive symptoms and cognitive decline in older people, in a bid to prevent the onset of depression and dementia in later life. Read more or watch the full story aired on Channel 9 News.
New mental health building will deliver unique model of care
17 February: A partnership between the University of Sydney through the BMRI and the NSW Government will deliver much needed mental health hospital beds and a range of services, including research beds, in a new purpose-designed building supporting rehabilitation for up to 1900 people experiencing mental health issues each year. Read the full article.
Dementia research grant awarded to investigate whether treatment for sleep apnoea can improve cognitive abilities in people at risk of dementia
18 February: Dr Zoe Terpening from the BMRI has been awarded the Alzheimer's Australia Hazel Hawke Research Grant in Dementia Care, and will use the funding to investigate whether treating sleep breathing disorders (such as sleep apnoea) can improve cognitive abilities. Read the full article.
Recruiting volunteers for a study on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
14 February: We are looking to recruit 30 people who have a diagnosis of PTSD, and 30 people of the same age and gender who have experienced a traumatic event, but not developed PTSD. Participation involves a 1 hour clinical assessment with one of our psychiatrists, and a 1 hour brain scan (MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging). Find out more.
Suicide Prevention Short Course
Examine suicide prevalence and risk factors, and evidence-based strategies to reduce suicide and suicidal risk. Learn how to respond effectively to a person at risk of suicide, and create an intervention or Pathway to Care plan. Special discount now available on registration fee. Find out more.