Centre leadership

Professor Ian Hickie AM – Co-Director, Health and Policy

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“Not only are we changing the way we do health and medical research here at the University of Sydney, we are changing the way we do population health, health services innovation, public policy impact and workforce education in a 21st century society.”

Professor Ian Hickie AM leads the Brain and Mind Centre in the area of health and policy. He is the Commissioner in the National Mental Health Commission and oversees enhanced accountability for mental health reform in Australia. He is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry and a leading voice on mental health issues. He leads developments in youth mental health, early intervention in emerging depression and other severe mood disorders and developments of e-health based systems for enhanced mental health care. Professor Hickie was the inaugural CEO of beyondblue, a founding director of headspace, and executive director of the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute from 2003.

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Professor Matthew Kiernan – Co-Director, Discovery and Translation

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“With a truly interdisciplinary approach, the Brain and Mind Centre will transform our groundbreaking research into innovative treatments for conditions that will impact most Australians at some time in their life.”

Professor Matthew Kiernan leads the Brain and Mind Centre in the area of Discovery and Translation. Professor Kiernan is the Bushell Chair of Neurology and has extensive experience in research excellence and academic leadership, nationally and internationally.

He and his team are at the forefront of breakthrough research in human neurophysiology, with his research innovations now in regular use as an adjunct to routine diagnostic testing worldwide. Professor Kiernan is the Chairman of the Motor Neurone Disease Australia Research Committee, the Vice President of the Australian Brain Foundation, President-elect of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists and the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

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