News in 2014

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  • 30 September: Over 330 000 people in Australia are currently living with dementia. Professor Ian Hickie, Executive Director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute featured on The Daily Edition about what can be done to reduce risk factors associated with dementia.





  • 28 May: New analytical tool accelerates research on youth mental illness Read more
  • 28 May: Mental Health Policy Senior Lecturer Sebastian Rosenberg co-authored op-ed in Canberra Times on the impact of the budget on the mentally ill.
  • 21 May: Associate Professor Simon Lewis awarded the ANZAN (Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists) Leonard Cox Award for his research in Neurology. The award recognises his significant contribution to research during the first ten years of his career in Neurology.
  • 21 May: Adjunct Associate Professor John Mendoza interviewed on ABC's 7.30 Report in a story about employment for disability support pension recipients, including young people.
  • 14 May: Professor Ian Hickie interviewed on 720 ABC Perth Mornings radio program about the Perth-based 'Meeting for the Minds' mental health forum.
  • 14 May: Professor Ian Hickie interviewed on 2UE Sydney's Breakfast program and 891 ABC Adelaide Afternoons regarding his article in the Medical Journal of Australia calling for Australia to raise the drinking age.
  • 12 May: Calls for drinking age to be raised to 21 Professor Ian Hickie mentioned in article reporting on his Medical Journal of Australia paper.
  • 12 May: Raise drinking age to 21 Dr Daniel Hermens interviewed in Seven News segment reportintg on Medical Journal of Australia paper calling for the legal drinking age to be increased.
  • 10 May: Routine maintenance Professor Ian Hickie quoted in The Age on the importance of routine eating, sleeping and exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • 5 May: The Brains Behind Dementia Research Dr Zoe Terpening talks with Alzheimer’s Australia about her research in the field of dementia
  • 1 May: The Australian Women’s Weekly mentioned a BMRI-led study looking at the effectiveness of Omega-3 supplements and the anti-depressant sertraline in reducing depressive symptoms



  • 26 March: Professor Ian Hickie was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney's Drive program about hoarding.
  • 26 March: "An Advance in understanding drug 'habits' and their treatment" about research by BMRI's Professor Bernard Balleine and Dr Laura Corbit, School of Psychology. Also published on SBS News and Prime 7
  • 17 March: "Peace of mind at your fingertips" article in the Sydney Morning Herald about Professor Ian Hickie and Associate Professor Rafael Calvo's work on apps to improve youth mental health.
  • 8 March: "Vaping the new smoking of the 21st century" interview with Adjunct Associate Professor Renee Bittoun on ABC Radio National.
  • 8 March: Professor Ian Hickie was interviewed on Channel 9 News and NBN for story on domestic violence and the importance of having systems that work with families and carers.
  • 7 March: "Long term damage from brain injuries" story on Sunrise featuring interviews with Ian Roberts, former Rugby League Player, and Professor Ian Hickie who said concussions can result in memory and behavioural changes and they also increase the risk of dementia.
  • 4 March: "Heart attack risk is 5 times higher right after an angry outburst, study finds" makes reference to research on stress and heart attack by Professor Nick Glozier.
  • 4 March: Professor Ian Hickie was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney Overnights about risk factors that may trigger depression.
  • 4 March: "NEXT" Newsletter of Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia featuring news about PhD scholar Dr Heidi Beadnall and the MSRA Brain Bank.
  • 1 March: Professor Ian Hickie was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney about depression.



  • 29 January: Adjunct Associate Professor Renee Bittoun spoke on 3AW Melbourne Afternoons about quitting smoking and weight gain, which research shows is temporary and indirect.
  • 28 January: "Brain donation plea to beat MS" article about the Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Brain Bank, with comment from Associate Professor Michael Barnett.
  • 25 January: "Aussies invent gizmo for Parkinson's falls" article about Associate Professor Simon Lewis' work on Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's disease.
  • 4 January: "Knocking heads: What makes one man attack another?" article in the Sydney Morning Herald featuring comment from Professor Ian Hickie.