News in 2015

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  • 30 June: Patients with recurrent depression have smaller hippocampi
    The brains of people with recurrent depression have a significantly smaller hippocampus - the part of the brain most associated with forming new memories - than healthy individuals, a new global study of nearly 9,000 people reveals. Reported by: Sydney Morning Herald,
  • 30 June: Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Research Institute was interviewed on TEN Eyewitness News about neural addiction associated with checking email and social media.
  • 28 June: Associate Professor Michael Valenzuela was interviewed about the effectiveness of brain training apps in the Sunday Life section of the Sun Herald.
  • 11 June: Donations from the community during the ABC Mental As campaign last October have funded thirteen awards for Early Career Researchers in partnership with the Society for Mental Health Research including Dr Manreena Kaur for 'Stimulating young mind: investigating a next generation treatment for depression in youth.' Read more


  • 28 May: ABC Online quoted Professor Ian Hickie about funding concerns for mental health service Headspace.
  • 21 May: Associate Professor Michael Valenzuela was interviewed by Channel 7 News regarding a forum the previous night on Australians living with dementia.
  • 18 May: TEN Eyewitness News interviewed Professor Ian Hickie about suicide prevention programs and the Can We Talk? Forum which he will speak on 1 June.
  • 12 May: Professor Ian Hickie authored an article, 'Australia can avoid a new generation of asylums if doctors and politicans listen,' in The Guardian about the value of community-based mental health care.




  • 5 February: Professor Hickie quoted in Sydney Morning Herald's article 'Mental health cases spike as police seek new role.' Professor Hickie comments on the rise in the number of people police have taken to hospital with a mental illness, saying the increase demonstrates the failing of mental health care in the community.


  • 29 January: Babies' brains could unravel the mystery of stuttering
    Researchers are launching a world-first study to see if it's possible to detect whether a baby will go on to stutter in later life - well before they start to talk. Researchers will scan newborns with a family history of the disorder to try and find transmission problems in the parts of the brain related to speech that they know are present in older children and adults who stutter. ABC News was one of many news organisations to report on the research.
    Watch the ABC News report