Prime Minister opens second phase of BMRI
5 June 2006
Prime Minister John Howard made a rare visit to the University to formally open the second stage of the facilities for the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI), today (5 June).
Mr Howard was welcomed to the Institute by the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, the Institute's founder Professor Max Bennett and the Institute's Executive Director, Professor Ian Hickie. He then toured the two floors of the BMRI's main building opposite Camperdown Park in Mallett Street.
Over the past twelve months, the Institute has received a total of $15 million in State and
Federal funding - $6 million from the Iemma Government and $7 million from the Howard Government, with an extra $2 million committed in the Federal Government's 2006 budget.
"It is every dollar well-invested. I am proud of my old university and of what this Institute has achieved," said Mr Howard, who is a Sydney University law graduate.
"Social commentators say portentously how much society has gotten better or worse; we can definitely say that in our society there is an openness and a willingness to be candid about depression and those other diseases of the brain and mind", continued Mr Howard as he address a gathering benefactors and staff at the Institute.
The University's BMRI - the only centre of its kind in the world - brings together patients and support groups, front-line carers including psychiatrists and neurologists, with a team of scientists and clinicians working in neuroscience and brain research. It opened in September 2004 with Professor Ian Hickie as executive director and Professor John Pollard as scientific director.
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