About Mind and Brain

Our Research Goals

Goal 1

To work with people who have lived experience of mental illness (consumers and carers) to negotiate research priorities for now and in the future.

Goal 2

Understanding why antidepressants and other medications can work so well for some people, while having no effects on others.

Goal 3

To enhance brain research through the use of advancing innovative neuro-technologies and collaborating with research centres in Australia and the rest of the world.

Goal 4

To translate pharmacogenomics of antidepressants to personalised treatments for depression. We have had a substantial focus on pharmacogenomics of antidepressants and other medicines.

Goal 5

To pioneer research in brain disorders in the realms of psychiatry, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, dementia, gambling, substance abuse, alcoholism, stroke, parkinsonism, epilepsy, and others neurological disorders.

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How can you help?

We would like as many people as possible to take part in our research. You don’t have to have suffered from an illness to get involved. Our research involves analysing people who have experienced or are experiencing mental health problems, but we need to compare them to the general public. By volunteering to be a research participant you can make a great contribution to our efforts. Press the get involved button to find out more.

What does this involve?

Mental Health research will often involve answering questionnaires about your current and past health. We will ask you about experiences you have had, particularly in relation to your mood, anxiety, and your ability to cope with everyday living.

Genetic Samples?

The latest research and technological advances enable us to look for special codes in your genes that may identify the causes of mental illness. To analyse your genes we need to take a blood sample, a small volume of blood which we can then test in the laboratory. By combining hundreds and even thousands of samples both in Australia and across the world, we are able to make small steps toward new discoveries.

What is mental health?

“Mental Health” is about feeling well and having balance in all areas of your life. This includes the way your body works, your personal circumstances, and how you engage with others in your life.

When this balance is not there and it affects you to the point whereby you feel unwell for long periods, or you cannot go to work or enjoy life, then this is when it becomes an illness.

Your health balance can be thrown out by issues you have no control over, particularly if it involves chemical pathways within your mind and brain. These pathways can be affected by stress, or even by what you eat.

Our research uses an holistic approach toward mental health, analysing you as a whole person, looking at your personal circumstances, your physical health, and how you feel about yourself.

We will be taking advantage of the latest mobile technology to assist us with our research. By using mobile phones and computer based ‘apps’ we can gather very detailed information about your health. This can help you track your own health, but at the same time help us with our research. Press the ‘Get Involved’ button to find out more.

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