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Neuroimaging research on depression

Analysing treatment-resistant depressed individuals
We are seeking people clinically diagnosed with major depression disorder and that have not responded to treatment to be involved in a study aiming to identify biomarkers that could help better predict the development of the disorder.

The focus of this study is to improve our knowledge of depression and will not involve any medication or therapy.

Participation involves visiting the Westmead Institute for Medical Research for an interview, MRI brain scan, cognitive assessments and an EEG. Participants will be reimbursed for their time, and can also get a picture of their brain.

Ethics committee approval number: 4353 HREC/15/WMEAD/292 - SSA/15/WMEAD/355


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • have been clinically diagnosed with major depression
  • have not responded to treatment
  • are aged 18-65 years old.

Exclusions for participating in the study include if you:

  • have insufficient English
  • have a current primary diagnosis of eating disorder
  • have a personality disorder
  • have PTSD
  • have a substance dependence
  • are pregnant
  • have history of or current neurological disorder or brain injury
  • have recent history (in the last 6 months) of electroconvulsive therapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation.

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this research study, please contact contact Ana Rita Barreiros on 8627 3319 or