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2019 News

08 October 2019

Unique online platform engages youth in suicide prevention: study

A one-stop-shop digital disruptor developed by Sydney researchers - which initially focused on at risk youth - reports on its first trials. The platform, now delivered through InnoWell, has extended to all ages, supported by $30m government funding.
30 September 2019

US backs Sydney spinout company Kinoxis to fight opioid addiction

University of Sydney spinout Kinoxis Therapeutics awarded US National Institutes of Health HEAL Initiative grant of up to $6.8m. Out of 375 grants this is the only one awarded outside North America.
23 September 2019

How we are tackling dementia and stigma

A language app to improve diagnosis and peer-support dementia coaching are some of the Sydney projects aiming to tackle the obstacles and stigma surrounding dementia.
12 September 2019

Seeing is revealing: new insights into brains and black holes

We brought together an engineer, neurologist, astrophysicist and philosopher to answer the big questions about life and the universe.
15 August 2019

Sally Gainsbury wins NSW Young Tall Poppy of the Year

University of Sydney researcher in the psychology of addictive gambling and gaming recognised for her innovative harm-minimisation strategies.
27 June 2019

Brain disease found in former league players

For the first time, a brain disease linked with repetitive head injury in American sport has been identified in the brains of two former Australian rugby league players.

Game changing national summit for children with neurodevelopment disorders

The summit will bring together leading neurodevelopment experts and researchers to form a national network that will transform the way children and their families are assessed, diagnosed, treated and supported.

Is age the best indicator for emotional and cognitive brain development?

The use of broad age ranges to outline when certain developmental stages usually occur are a useful tool for early detection of learning difficulties and disorders. 

01 April 2019

Redevelop the Better Access program say mental health experts

Mental health experts from the Brain and Mind Centre call for the Better Access program to be redeveloped to maximise its benefit.
15 March 2019

Why you need to get some shut-eye (and how to do it)

We all know sleep is important for focus, but did you know it could also be the key to keeping your brain healthy as you age? Our new research centre is at the forefront of these discoveries.

Australian first for mental health as icare funds Fellowships with $1.5 million

The Brain and Mind Centre has partnered with leading health organisations on a $1.5 million Fellowship program to provide specialised training to psychiatrists and support patients after traumatic brain injury. 

Bupa Health Foundation Mental Health Funding

Researchers from the Brain and Mind Centre have been awarded funding from the Bupa Health Foundation to improve access and coordination of mental health care
19 February 2019

$7 million funding for rare cancer and diseases clinical trials

Researchers from the University of Sydney have been awarded funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to improve treatments and discover cures for rare cancers and rare diseases.
18 February 2019

People living with dementia lose their ability to daydream

Associate Professor Muireann Irish finds people living with frontotemporal dementia - an early onset form of dementia - lose their capacity for daydreaming and have no inner monologue.
08 February 2019

Mental health expert calls for 'smart choices' on Medicare reform

Professor Ian Hickie urges the Medicare review's mental health reference group to reconsider extending rebates to people "at risk" of mental illness, saying long-term reform will be compromised.

2018 News

06 November 2018

New centre in substance use, mental disorders in young people

The University of Sydney will soon be home to a world-first centre tackling substance use and mental disorders in young people.
26 October 2018

Tackling Indigenous youth mental health challenges

The University of Sydney marked Mental Health Month by bringing together health experts and Indigenous community heroes to discuss their experiences and different approaches to tackling Indigenous youth mental health challenges in the 21st century. 

25 October 2018

NDIS funding decision prevents successful parenting program take-up

A parenting program that brings benefits for parents and children with developmental disabilities will become unavailable for most families under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, says a new research report.

Your Mental Health checklist

During October's Mental Health Month, we are encouraging everyone to make their mental health a priority by sharing the University's resources. There's always help available to support you, no matter what you are going through.

Sleep: the new frontier in dementia prevention

More than 50 million people globally live with dementia, with 10 million new diagnoses every year. There is no treatment or cure, and incidence is on the rise. Our researchers are ahead of the curve in uncovering how sleep could prevent dementia.

18 September 2018

A gift from the heart to advance Alzheimer's research

After confronting the trauma of Alzheimer's disease, the Jolly family made a gift to research in the hope that fewer families would be affected in future.

Personalised youth mental health care through tech

A groundbreaking mental health care platform may dramatically reduce waiting times for young people who need urgent support.
18 September 2018

Neurodegeneration research boosted by $1.25 million gift

With Australia's ageing population an increasing concern, a generous donor is supporting research into diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
01 August 2018

AI improves medical imaging to benefit people with brain ailments

The Federal government has awarded $2.36m to Sydney Neuroimaging Analysis Centre to partner with the Brain and Mind Centre to improve diagnostic neuroimaging of brain ailments such as multiple sclerosis and dementia.
15 August 2018

Over $16m funding for new health and medical research

Sydney researchers were successful in securing over $16 million in NHMRC funding for 28 projects, including the most Early Career Fellowships awarded to any institution in NSW.
05 July 2018

Sleep disorder linked to brain changes seen in dementia

Obstructive sleep apnoea has been linked to brain changes seen in the early stages of dementia, University of Sydney research reveals.
21 May 2018

Brain training reduces gait freezing in Parkinson's patients

In a world first, clinicians have reduced 'freezing of gait' in Parkinson's Disease patients using brain training exercises in a trial led by Brain and Mind Centre scholars at the University of Sydney.
27 April 2018

Dementia research to receive $50,000 boost from crowdfunding

After watching in horror as his mother lost her ‘beautiful brain’, Paul Shaw decided to raise $50,000 for dementia research at the University of Sydney.
06 April 2018

Next-gen medical imaging facility to advance future of healthcare

The latest medical imaging technology is available to our researchers, students and collaborators with the launch of Sydney Imaging, designed to lead discoveries and education in patient diagnosis and treatment.
09 April 2018

Parkinson disease: from hype to hope

Advances in scientific understanding of Parkinson disease are advancing rapidly, says Professor Simon Lewis of the University of Sydney.

AW Campbell Award Winner

We are proud to announce that one of our rising research stars has been awarded this coveted prize from the Australian Neuroscience Society.

Historic partnership with Consumer Led Research Network

The University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre is proud to have entered into a historic partnership with the Consumer Led Research Network.

2018 Federal Budget

There is still a long way to go to redesign and deliver neurological and mental health services fit for the 21st century. However the government has moved in some important directions, write Professors Matthew Kiernan and Ian Hickie.

2018 EMCR grant recipients

Six early- to mid-career researchers from the University of Sydney have been awarded $20,000 each to take their innovative research in brain and mind sciences to the next level.

Sydney Dementia Network Launch

The University of Sydney, with hosting partner, the Brain and Mind Centre, a global leader in research and treatment of conditions that affect child development, youth mental health and brain ageing, has officially launched a Sydney Dementia Network.  

Do you have a child with autism?

Our Child Development and Behaviour research group is conducting research studies investigating the effectiveness of oxytocin nasal spray in comparison with a non-active placebo in the treatment of social and behavioural difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Genetics of Depression

The biggest study of its kind has allowed researchers to identify genetic risk factors associated with major depression, providing new insights for prevention and treatment.
15 February 2018

Kinoxis Therapeutics launched to develop anti-addiction drugs

Some $3.9 million has been raised in an initial financing round to develop novel anti-addiction compounds. SOC-1, which will progress through pre-clinical testing, mimics the properties of the "pleasure hormone" oxytocin.
30 January 2018

Report identifies NDIS gaps for people living with mental illness

Many will be left without appropriate mental health support in the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme according to a report detailing experiences of consumers, providers and advocacy groups.