Mental health and neurological research

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We're focused on improving mental health across the globe, and we'd be honoured if you would help.

Why support mental health and neurological research?

Mental illness and neurological disorders affect one in four people around the world at some point in their lives. About 450 million people are suffering at any one time, placing mental illness and neurological disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

Our research aims to better understand brain health and mental wellbeing so that we can develop prevention strategies, tools for early diagnosis, effective treatments and initiatives for ongoing wellness. We investigate mental illness and neurological disorders from their genetic base at brain structure and function, to the psychology of behaviour change.

Addressing real-world challenges

We collaborate with clinicians, using a multidisciplinary approach to ensure our research leads to translatable outcomes for the community.

We're seeking to improve treatments of neurodegenerative disease including:

  • recovery from stroke and brain surgery
  • assistance with alcohol use disorders, substance abuse and dependence
  • understanding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and psychosis.

Our researchers are studying behaviours to understand psychological and social motivations to improve road safety, as part of our work at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland,.

Our mental health and neurological research is helping the community through research into:

  • the genetic basis of neurodegenerative disease and mental illness
  • web-based mental health interventions and imagery-based motivational tools
  • the science of fear and stress and new treatments for PTSD
  • the mechanisms in the brain responsible for language processing
  • the impact of tumours and stroke on brain processing
  • the brain's impulse control and links to alcohol use, over-eating and addiction
  • the science of behaviour change
  • the genetics and diagnosis of migraine, stroke and epilepsy.

Working with experts on the frontlines

We've established collaborations with leaders in the field to ensure our research is using cutting-edge equipment and processes. We're working with specialist researchers and facilities, including:

  • Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF), where we are using biomedical imaging technology to enhance understanding of the human body and improve patient diagnoses and treatments
  • Centre for Children's Health Research (CCHR), where we are bringing together researchers and clinicians from the adjacent Lady Cilento Hospital
  • research at the Translational Institute that allows us to translate our science to human use at the Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • research on the genetic basis of disease at the Genomics Research Centre.

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Philanthropy Officer (Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation)
Sharyn Tidswell


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