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The young brain and alcohol

24 September
FBI radio interviewed Dr Daniel Hermens from the Brain and Mind Centre on Head's Up, a youth mental health segment presented by headspace Camperdown, about the effects of alcohol on the brain and its influence on youth mental health.

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Malcolm needs a date with Dr Google

23 September
The Daily Telegraph published an article by Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Centre about harnassing the opportunity of disruptive technology for mental health care.

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From asylums to GP clinics: the missing middle in mental health care

15 September
Sebastian Rosenberg from the Brain and Mind Centre authored an article in The Conversation about the role of asylums and GP clinics in mental health care.

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Knitting your way to a happier, healthier mind

15 September
The New Zealand Herald published an opinion piece jointly written by Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Centre and Jackie Randles from Inspiring Australia about the benefits of knitting for mental health.

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2015 Archive

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  • 18 September: Adjunct Professor John Mendoza from the Brain and Mind Centre was interviewed on 612 ABC Brisbane about programs which focus on youth mental health.
  • 17 September Sebastian Rosenberg from the Brain and Mind Centre was interviewed on 2SER FM about the high percentage of the disease burden on the health system accounted for by mental health.
  • 4 September: The Australian quoted Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Centre about the connection between traumatic brain injuries and early onset dementia following the death of an Australian soldier who fought in Iraq.


  • 14 August: The Sydney Morning Herald published an article authored by Professor Ian Hickie about military personnel and veterans’ experience of post-traumatic stress disorder and the need for a high-quality mental health system.


  • 28 July: New approach for Brain and Mind Centre
    Premier Mike Baird today launched the University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre, bringing together leading scientists nationally and internationally to address critical health issues of the 21st century - disorders of the brain and mind.
  • 1 July: Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Research Centre was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney about retro amnesia.
  • 1 July: Research about a study on the impact of depression on the brain was reported in Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Australian, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.


  • 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 Centre 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