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2020 News

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.  

04 August 2020

Mental health impact of 'lockdown fatigue' requires urgent response

Serious concerns are being raised about people's capacity to comply with Victoria's new lockdown orders and the mental health impacts of such prolonged social isolation, writes Professor Ian Hickie.

2019 News

13 May 2020

Modelling shows path to suicide prevention in covid-recovery

New modelling released today by the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre combines productivity and suicide data, demonstrating the benefits of acting urgently and effectively to flatten the mental health 'curve'.


Gambling and betting after COVID-19

Venue closures offer a chance to seek help to break harmful habits but in the past, financial stimulus packages have increased gambling spending. Join this online research to help us track gambling and betting in the wake of COVID-19.

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.

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.