In the laboratory our researchers from the Behavioural Neuroscience Research Program are investigating the neural mechanisms behind behaviours such as habitual behaviours seen in addiction and substance misuse. Their work is unravelling the specific brain regions and nerve connections involved in addiction in order to shed new light on treatments or preventions for addiction, substance misuse and a range of other conditions of the brain and mind.

In the clinic, our Youth Mental Health Research Program is setting the agenda on early intervention for alcohol misuse in young people. Our researchers are identifying markers for alcohol-induced brain impairment in young people and have produced guidelines for NSW Health on alcohol misuse in young people.

Researchers in the Smoking Research Program are developing evidence-based research and treatment initiatives for healthcare professionals and consumers around tobacco treatment and smoking cessation. Their work is creating positive change around Australia, including in regional and Aboriginal communities.

Clinical Studies

Characteristics of substance use & associated mental health problems

Despite the consistent association between substance use and mental health problems (MHPs), few studies have investigated the underlying neurobiology of these phenomena at early stages. Find out more...

Distinguishing psychosis with and without amphetamine use

Despite the understanding that amphetamine use increases the risk for and exacerbates psychosis, few studies have investigated the underlying neurobiology. Find out more...

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