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Virtual Reality to assess memory for spatial navigation

5 June 2017
If you are aged 50 or more and consider yourself healthy, you are invited to take part in a virtual reality study that aims to investigate memory for spatial navigation in older adults. The study will test the feasibility of the virtual reality platform (an immersive computer simulated environment) as a test of spatial memory.
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Discovery may offer hope to Parkinson’s disease patients

22 May 2017
Research led by the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre has found a protein abnormality linked to brain cell loss in people with Parkinson’s disease that is also present in some inherited forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
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Seclusion and restraint in psychiatric hospitals must end today

16 May 2017
Practices of seclusion and restraint perpetuate the stigma and public fear surround mental health, writes Ian Hickie.
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Cannabinoid researchers join forces

3 May 2017
The University of Sydney and Thomas Jefferson University have officially agreed to collaborate on education and research on the therapeutic uses of cannabinoids.
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Mental health system needs reform

27 April 2017
“More funding for mental health services is crucial but unless we overhaul the current system and defund ineffective programs, we will be throwing good money after bad," says Professor Ian Hickie.
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Volunteers sought for genetics of depression study

4 April 2017
Researchers are seeking adults who’ve been treated for depression to join a global investigation of the genetic origins of an illness affecting one in seven Australians.
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Associate Professor Muireann Irish honoured in Paris

23 March 2017
Associate Professor Muireann Irish, from the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre, has been named one of the 2017 International Rising Talents at the L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science for her Clinical Medicine work.
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International Womens Day

8 March 2017
Some of our top female researchers share their hopes for the future and advice to inspire the next generation of women in science.
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Cog Step

2 March 2017
A 12-week home based exercise and psychoeducation program for people with early Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Who 'Likes' social media gambling?

15 February 2017
Problem gambling is set to get worse because of social media, writes Sally Gainsbury from the Gambling Treatment Clinic. Research shows gaming and gambling are converging and are being embraced by the smartphone generation.
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Celebrating grant success

14 February 2017
Our world class research that strives to solve global health problems has been formally recognised by peak funding bodies.
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Health Minister Ley launches Brain and Mind Centre-psychology clinics one-stop-shop

8 December
Australia’s first School of Psychology has moved its expanded clinics in with the University of Sydney’s leading-edge Brain and Mind Centre – creating co-located cradle-to-grave mental health research, teaching and community clinics, including counselling, psychiatry and neuroscience.
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A range of innovative research initiatives at the Brain and Mind Centre have been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

5 December
A range of innovative research initiatives at the Brain and Mind Centre have been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
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Chew and Spit study to identify help for disordered eating behaviour

27 November
A review of Chew and Spit research revealed a lack of information about the disordered eating phenomenon – prompting research now underway – to help develop treatments and answer questions about wide-reaching consequences.
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Brain training (CCT) may help fight dementia

14 November
A meta-analysis has found that brain training – otherwise known as Computerised Cognitive Training (CCT) – can improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment, suggesting it may prevent dementia, which can take hold within a year.
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Future research stars supported under new sydney fellowship

10 November
Associate Professor Michael Barnett and Associate Professor Michael Valenzuela from the Brain and Mind Centre have been awarded fellowships under the University of Sydney’s new Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) program.
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Life’s challenges, mental health and suicidal thoughts: what’s happening to our men?

4 November
On average, men die five years younger than women. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows suicide is the top cause of death in Australian men aged 25 to 44 years and the third highest killer of men aged 45 to 54 years. This is a health crisis that demands urgent action.
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World-beaters join Brain and Mind Centre to defeat dementia

26 October
Three world-leading neuroscience scholars are joining the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre to progress research-led treatments for dementia and other neuro-degenerative diseases affecting human memory and thinking.
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Mental Illness and the Promise of Technology

21 October
Watch world renowned psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr Thomas Insel's recent talk at the Brain and Mind Centre on the power of new technology in the mental health field.
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Understanding lone wolf attacks

17 September
Professor Ian Hickie discusses the disconnection and isolation that can lead to radicalisation.
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New atlas to help people find mental health services

2 September
Planners hope a new Mental Health Atlas of the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Networks Region will help people find appropriate mental health services more quickly.
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Researchers trial drug that could become first to treat social impairments in people with autism

13 August
Researchers from the Brain and Mind Centre, led by Professor Adam Guastella, are preparing for what they hope will be a ground-breaking new treatment for autism, delivered through a nasal spray.
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Experts support government funding for suicide prevention apps

27 June
Professor Ian Hickie has applauded Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s commitment to invest $30 million in a world-leading suicide prevention system as the centre-piece of the government’s $192 million mental health policy, announced on the weekend.
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Professor Ian Hickie featured on ABC's The Drum

13 June
Professor Ian Hickie was featured on ABC's The Drum discussing LGBTIQ and mental health issues in light of the Orlando shootings.
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Groundbreaking study links immune system to mental health

27 May
A collaboration between the Brain and Mind Centre and a Perth-based, Meeting for Minds [M4M], has resulted in groundbreaking research that identifies a previously unknown link between the immune system and serious mental illness.
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Powerful reactions from friends and family on 'the loss that never leaves'

26 May
Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney spoke to Richard Glover from 702ABC Sydney about the powerful loss felt by families and friends who have lost someone through suicide.
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Suicide prevention - a call to action

25 May
National leaders in suicide and mental health research are calling for all major parties and candidates to make suicide and mental health critical issues in the federal election this year after new research on suicide was released by a group of leaders, led by Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney and consultancy ConNetica.
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Leading healthcare for the 21st century

5 May
Brain and Mind Centre Co-Director, Professor Ian Hickie was among a panel of health experts, academics and advocates who met recently to discuss how we can innovate healthcare and create a truly consumer centred health system.
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Seven actions towards a mentally healthy organisation

2 May
Taking care of workers’ mental health makes good economic sense and should be as important as looking after an employee’s physical well-being, according to Prof Ian Hickie, Brain and Mind Centre Co-Director.
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Red lab coat day

3 May
On Friday 19 April, researchers at the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney participated in Red Lab Coat Day. As part of the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign, our researchers wore red lab coats to raise awareness of and celebrate the continuing research into multiple sclerosis (MS) in Australia.
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NSW synergy trials

11 April
A new online wellbeing and mental health support hub for young people, designed by Brain and Mind Centre and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, is currently being trialled in three regional areas of New South Wales.

Can we talk campaign

3 April
The Brain and Mind Centre's Professor Ian Hickie spoke to the Daily Telegraph about the Can We Talk campaign, and the suicide of Joel Brown.

Brain training to fight dementia

23 March
Professor Michael Valenzuela talks about how a recent study shows real potential for certain brain exercises to slow or prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Australian suicide rates highest in 13 years

9 March
Men who were depressed as adolescents in the 1990s have carried their suicidality with them into middle age, leading to the highest suicide rate in 13 years, says Professor Ian Hickie of the Brain and Mind Centre.

How does your brain keep you awake?

25 February
Professor Ian Hickie was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney about what keeps us awake.
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New study on impact of art on dementia

18 February
A new collaboration between the Brain and Mind Centre, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW will be a groundbreaking study on the impact of art on people living with dementia.

A study on the prevalence of people living with dementia over a 20-year period

8th February
Professor Sharon Naismith was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney about her work with dementia.
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