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World first for dementia

28 November
Our researchers have successfully cured a dog of dementia via stem cell therapy.
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Implementation the key to structural reform in mental health

26 November
Many issues put to government by the National Mental Health Commission's Review remain unaddressed, writes Sebastian Rosenberg.
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Response to government reforms

26 November
Professor Ian Hickie comments on the Government's announced plans to shake up the mental health sector.
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'Bonding' hormone benefits young children with autism

27 October
A study led by researchers at the university’s Brain and Mind Centre is thought to be the first evidence of a medical treatment for the social impairments in children with autism.

University of Sydney scholars win $5.7m for dementia research

20 October
University of Sydney scholars based at The Charles Perkins Centre, The Brain and Mind Centre, The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, The Kolling Institute Institute of Medical Research, and Sydney School of Public Health have received prestigious Dementia Research Development Fellowships worth up to $625,000 each.

The fellowships, announced by Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley and Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham, have been awarded to 76 Australian researchers. The fellowships, totalling more than $43 million, are jointly funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council.

A word from the Co - Director Matthew Kiernan, Co-Director - Discovery and Translation

19 October
In the 21st Century, strategic international collaboration is a critical component that drives research success and in turn societal relevance.

For many researchers, collaboration with global partners is nothing new. However, adding a strategic element to ensure that benefits extend beyond simply an increased international profile, to thereby deliver substantive societal outcomes, may represent a new dawning.

Consequently, it was great that the Brain and Mind Centre joined faculty from across Australia to host the inaugural Asia Pacific Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and Motor Neuron disease (MND) meeting. Coinciding with the global FTD Awareness week, speakers and registrants attended from the Asia Pacific region, Europe and the USA.

The meeting not only provided a platform to share breakthroughs in research and treatment of these diseases, it also opened doors to international collaborations with fellow researchers from the Asia Pacific region. The meeting incorporated dedicated carer sessions to encourage discussions between expert clinicians, scientists, patients and carers, providing insights into how these diseases affect people in their day-to-day life.

In addition to showcasing local and international research developments, such events also provide a nidus for future partnerships, crucial for sustainability.

As part of the development of our first Strategic Plan, recently the Brain and Mind Centre has been talking to stakeholders and partners about how we may best support partnerships and build further collaboration, not only with researchers and the health sector, but also through commercial partnerships with industry, to drive clinical translation and innovation.

Like any good partnership, these collaborative relationships require commitment and nurturing. Our Strategic Plan recognises that we need to work outside our individual laboratories and clinics, to proactively identify opportunities to leverage existing partnerships, and to strategically develop new partnerships, across borders and across disciplines.

Over the coming years, Brain and Mind will continue to develop opportunities, like the recent Asia Pacific meeting, to bring together leaders in our key areas of research, to facilitate and grow our partnerships of the future

Global Health and Wellbeing Survey

12 October
The Global Health and Wellbeing 2015 Survey, with a focus on men’s health, is close to reaching its goal of 10,000 respondents.

Brain and Mind Centre’s Youth Mental Health and Technology Team is part of a multi-site international study that is asking people across five countries their views on health and wellbeing in their communities.

Tracey Davenport from the team said to date, 9,131 people had completed the survey, across the participating countries Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States.

“We’ve almost met our goal of 10,000 people, but we need help to get us over the finish line before the survey closes in mid-December,” Tracey said

Tracey has suggested that as well as completing the survey, the Brain and Mind community could ask their family, friends and colleagues here and overseas to participate.

There are several ways that you can tell people about the survey
Email the survey link
Share the Facebook post
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The Global Health and Wellbeing 2015 Survey is being conducted by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and the Brain and Mind Centre, and has been commissioned by the Movember Foundation.

Results of the survey will be used to inform policy, research and education programs within the health and mental health sectors globally.

The project is headed by Ian Hickie, Jane Burns, and Tracey Davenport with the Youth Mental Health and Technology Team which includes Lisa Whittle, Alyssa Milton, Django White, Louise Ellis, Laura Ospina Pinillos, and Frank Iorfino, in collaboration with consortia members around the world.

In August this year, the team hit the road to help get word out about survey, travelling to many places including (to name a few cities) Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Wellington, London, Newcastle, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, and San Francisco.

You can follow the team on Instagram

2015 Archive

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  • 9 October: Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Centre has been prominent during the ABC's Mental As..., part of Mental Health Week which runs from the 4-11 October. Appearing on Q and A as well as other television and radio programs, Professor Hickie has spoken about a range of different mental health issues. Find out more about what he has had to say: Q and A (iView); The Drum (iView); RN Drive and The World Today.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 20 September: Professor Stewart Einfeld was quoted in The Daily Telegraph about how autism is no more prevalent today than years gone by.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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