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2018 news

An archive of news articles from 2018 on how the Brain and Mind Centre engaged communities, worked with government and industry, and improved the lives of those living with conditions of the brain and mind through high-impact research.

2018 news

18 December 2018

Increased physical activity linked to better mood

Increasing physical activity may be an effective way to boost mood states especially in people with bipolar disorder a new study in JAMA Psychiatry reveals.
15 November 2018

Dr Michael Bowen awarded NHMRC grant for novel autism research

University of Sydney researcher Dr Michael Bowen has won a $634,841 NHMRC project grant to develop new approaches for treating autism and improve the health and healthcare of children and their families living with autism.
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.
31 October 2018

Shark bites and negative media linked to PTSD

Nearly a third of shark bite survivors experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - an outcome compounded by negative media experiences, a new study by the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre reports.
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.
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. 

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.
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.
14 August 2018

Illicit cannabis used for pain, mental health, sleep conditions

Australians who used illicit cannabis for medical reasons did so mainly to treat chronic pain, mental health, sleep and neurological conditions like epilepsy or seizure disorders, according to University of Sydney research.
08 August 2018

Dementia coaching program offers chance to live well

A new University of Sydney trial offers coaching and peer support to help people newly diagnosed with dementia cope with their prognosis and stay active and involved in their lives and community.
06 August 2018

How art changes the brain

Can art change the brain? In a word: yes. A panel of scientists and art practitioners came together to connect the dots between creativity and neuroplasticity at a Sydney Ideas event during Innovation Week. 

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.
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.
20 April 2018

Too many unneccesary medications prescribed for dementia patients

Medication use climbed 10 percent per year among newly diagnosed dementia patients, a new international study led by the University of Sydney reveals.
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.
27 March 2018

Head first: sports brain bank launched

Six former pro-footballers have pledged their brains to the new Australian Sports Brain Bank launched today at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre.
01 March 2018

Bugs and allergies in pregnancy linked to autism and ADHD

A new study suggests activation of a mother's immune system during pregnancy, such as during an allergic response, may affect fetal brain development, writes Professor Adam Guastella.