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The scars of war extend into civilian life

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.

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New approach for Brain and Mind Centre

28 July
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.

The Premier said that through partnership with the Brain and Mind Centre, the NSW Government is embarking on a once-in-a-generation series of health and welfare system reforms, aimed to reduce over-reliance on crisis care and other hospital-based services. This new approach will strengthen community-based support for people who experience conditions that include clinical depression, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, autism, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and drug addiction. Read more

Be part of a global health and wellbeing study

The Brain and Mind Centre and Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre are pioneering a new study across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States and United Kingdom.

The data collected will inform education programs within health and mental health sectors across the participating countries and world. Complete the survey

Patients with recurrent depression have smaller hippocampi

Computer graphic of hippocampus in brain

30 June
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.

Published in Molecular Psychiatry, the ENIGMA study is co-authored by University of Sydney scholars at the Brain and Mind Centre.

The research is the largest international study to compare brain volumes in people with and without major depression. It highlights the need to identify and treat depression effectively when it first occurs, particularly among teenagers and young adults. Read more

Dr Manreena Kaur recieves funding award to investigate new treatments for youth depression

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11 June
The Brain and Mind Research Centre’s Dr Manreena Kaur has received an Early Career Research award from the Society of Mental Health Research to fund her work into youth depression.

The award was funded by the Medibank Health Research Fund as part of the ABC’s 2014 Mental As… campaign.

Dr Kaur’s research will look at the effectiveness of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), a technique where parts of the brain are stimulated through magnetic pulses, which she believes is under-utilised in Australia. Read more

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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 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