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Governor-General visits MAPrc - 02/10/2014

On September 23, 2014 His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove visited MAPrc and met with staff and students. Professor Kulkarni presented an overview of our work at MAPrc and then senior researchers presented highlights from their specific fields. Their Excellencies also visited our TMS Lab, our EVestG Lab and our NRAMP unit to discuss our research in these fields in greater detail.

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Mind your family conference 11th Oct 2014 - 31/07/2014

The Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) and the Greater Eastern Primary Health (GEPH) are jointly organising a special conference focused on the recognition, management and prevention of domestic violence.

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De Castella run - Volunteers needed! - 16/07/2014

Join the de Castella Run volunteer team on August 31, 2014! To make the event run smoothly, we need a large team of volunteers to help with registrations, BIB distribution, course marshalling and many other important duties.

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Dr Rebecca Segrave at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Physiology or Medicine - 04/07/2014

Dr Rebecca Segrave was one of just three Victorian scientists and 15 Australian scientists to be selected to attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Physiology or Medicine, held in Germany between June 29 and July 4, 2014. This year's Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was dedicated to medicine and brought together 37 Nobel Laureates and 600 scientists from over 80 countries.

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FAD study launched - 04/07/2014

On Thursday June 26, the Chairman of beyondblue, the Hon. Jeff Kennett AC, joined us at MAPrc to formally launch the FAD Study, Facebook use in Affective Disorders. The FAD Study will compare changes in social media use by an individual before and during a bipolar relapse. MAPrc are collaborating with the School of Intelligent Systems at RMIT for this study. For more information about the study, please see The FAD Study.

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Tamsyn Van Rheenen awarded travel award to ICON 2014 - 04/07/2014

MAPrc's Tamsyn Van Rheenen has been awarded a prestigious travel award to present her research at the International Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, to be held in Brisbane in July 2014.  The conference focuses on the study of the human cognition and will attract researchers both nationally and internationally. Tamsyn was one of only 13 Australians to receive the award, which she will use to present her PhD research on multimodal emotion processing in bipolar disorder.

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Women’s mental health: Still not a priority, still not good enough - 28/06/2014

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni calls on mental health and health professionals to make women’s mental health a priority in the article ‘Women’s mental health: Still not a priority, still not good enough’ published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

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MAPrc delighted to announce new Patron - 28/06/2014

MAPrc are delighted to announce that His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) has kindly accepted to be our Patron. 
His Excellency is pleased to accept the role and sees the work of the Centre as complementary to his responsibilities as Governor- General and to themes of his personal interests. 

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Hormones and mental health - 25/06/2014

Professor Kulkarni discusses the relationship between hormones and mental health in the article 'There’s no ‘rushing women’s syndrome’ but hormones affect mental health' published on The Conversation.

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Dr Rebecca Segrave attending the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Physiology or Medicine - 18/06/2014

Dr Rebecca Segrave is one of just three Victorian scientists and 15 Australian scientists to be selected to attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Physiology or Medicine, held in Germany between June 29 and July 4, 2014. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which this year is dedicated to medicine, will bring together 37 Nobel Laureates and 600 scientists from over 80 countries. 

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FAD study to be launched - 18/06/2014

On Thursday June 26, the Chairman of beyondblue, the Hon. Jeff Kennett AC, will be joining us at MAPrc to formally launch the FAD Study, Facebook use in Affective Disorders. The FAD Study will examine changes in social media use by an individual before and during a bipolar relapse. The study aims to identify whether it is possible to predict an episode of mania by analysing changes in Facebook use. This is a joint project between MAPrc and the School of Intelligent Systems at RMIT.

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NRAMP study on antipsychotic medication during pregnancy published - 04/06/2014

The results of a seven-year study of women who take antipsychotic medication while pregnant have recently been published on PLOS ONE.

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New treatment options for women with schizophrenia - 04/06/2014

Our world first study looking at how oestrogen can help treat schizophrenia in previously treatment-resistant women has received extensive media coverage.

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Sign up now for the 2014 De Castella Run for Mental Health - 04/06/2014

Registrations are open for the 2014 De Castella Run for Mental Health which will take place on Sunday, August 31. Sign up now or sponsor a runner and help fundraise for mental health!

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TMS depression treatment featured on Nine News - 02/06/2014

MAPrc's Psychoneurotechnology team, led by Professor Paul Fitzgerald, featured on Nine News Melbourne this evening.
More information on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is available here or call us on (03) 9076 6595.

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MAPrc's work on TMS and depression treatment featured in media - 02/06/2014

The work of Professor Paul Fitzgerald and his team on using transcranial magnetic stimulation as a depression treatment was feaured on Fairfax Media this week. 
 
 

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Key research article on thought disorder - 23/05/2014

Eric Tan, Research Assistant in the Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Stream, has recently had his paper 'Building a neurocognitive profile of thought disorder in schizophrenia using a standardized test battery' featured in Psychology Progress as a key research article judged to be of major importance to the field of schizophrenia research.

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MAPrc schizophrenia research at the international level - 23/05/2014

Dr Erica Neill recently attended the Schizophrenia International Research Society conference in Florence to present her data on drug models of psychosis. Dr Neill, Eric Tan and Professor Susan Rossell (all from the MAPrc Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Team), each had their poster presentations short listed in the top 40 (out of 800) by judges from the prestigious 'Schizophrenia Bulletin' journal.

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Happy anniversary Jayashri, Paul and Anthony! - 12/05/2014

This year marks the twentieth anniversary for MAPrc’s executive team. Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Professor Paul Fitzgerald and Antony de Castella have been working together since 1994 and are a cohesive, dynamic team that continue to lead the centre and head up the innovative clinical research work that has earned MAPrc many important accolades.

Here are their reflections on their remarkable 20 year-long journey together:

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni

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MAPrc to lead new major depression study - 30/04/2014

Dr Shainal Nathoo recently attended an investigator meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, for a new major depression study with Otsuka Pharmaceutical. The study will be looking at evaluating the effectiveness of an adjunct treatment option (i.e. new medication is added to the person's existing treatment). The chief investigator is Prof Jayashri Kulkarni and the MAPrc research team includes by Anthony de Castella, Dr Shainal Nathoo, and Mirjana Stojkovic.

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Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon presents her research - 30/04/2014

Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon was recently invited as a  junior fellow to participate in the '2014 New Horizons in Human Brain Imaging' meeting in Hawaii. This event took place in March and focused around the future of neuroimaging research and the developmental brain. At this event, Bernadette presented recent research at MAPrc led by A/Prof Peter Enticott on the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a biomedical tool for the relief of symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
 

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Professor Kulkarni on Bill and Steve's Radio Adventure - 08/04/2014

Professor Kulkarni talked on 774 ABC Melbourne about women's mental health and the work of MAPrc. You can hear the interview here.

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Dr Kate Hoy selected to attend Science meets Parliament 2014 - 17/03/2014

As a member of the Australian Academy of Science's Early/Mid-Career Researcher Forum, Dr Kate Hoy has been selected to attend the Science meets Parliament (SmP) on March 17 and 18, 2014. SmP brings together about 200 scientists and decision makers in Canberra.

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Dr Rebecca Segrave selected to attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Physiology or Medicine - 17/03/2014

Dr Rebecca Segrave is one of just three Victorian scientists and 15 Australian scientists to be selected to attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Physiology or Medicine

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MAPrc at upcoming conferences - 05/03/2014

MAPrc's research will be shared globally at upcoming conferences and meetings. Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon from the psychiatric neurotechnology team is currently presenting at the New Horizons in Human Brain Imaging conference. She will also be presenting later in the year at the Australian Pain Society and at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

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New pathways to old selves - Monash Magazine's MAPrc feature - 19/02/2014

MAPrc is featured in this month's edition of Monash Magazine. Click here for the article.

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Quitting smoking reduces stress, depression and anxiety article - 17/02/2014

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni was recently interviewed by The Conversation regarding the benefits of quitting smoking. Click here for further details about MAPrc's current smoking cessation trial.

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Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus at the Festival of Ideas - 12/02/2014

The Monthly has just published the full video of the 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus' talk at the Festival of Ideas, University of Melbourne. Professor Jayashri Kulkarni discussed women's mental health as part of a panel with Professor Kim Cornish, Dr Cordelia Fine and Ben McKenzie, hosted by Dr Norman Swan. 

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Science of Mind Forum - 29/01/2014

As part of the Happiness & Its Causes Conference, Professor Jayashri Kulkarni was on the expert panel talking to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Science of Mind forum. Watch the full forum here (part one of three), as His Holiness and Professor Kulkarni discuss the growing problem of violence against women.

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Professor Susan Rossell receives Swinburne University's VC Award for Research Excellence in 2013 - 16/12/2013

Professor Susan Rossell was awarded Swinburne University's Vice Chancellors Award for Research Excellence in 2013, at an award ceremony held on 11th Dec 2013. Susan's award was to acknowledge her outstanding contribution to the understanding of the neurobiology of auditory hallucinations. For a list of all of this year's winners, please click here.
 

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Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference 2013 - 04/12/2013

The Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society held its annual conference at Monash University Caulfield between November 28 and December 1. As part of the conference, Dr  Caroline Gurvich and Dr Kate Hoy participated in the Early Career Researcher Panel Discussion. This informal Q&A session aimed to encourage discussion amongst panel and audience members about getting ahead in research. For more information, click here.

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TMS certification course - 04/12/2013

MAPrc ran a certification course in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) on November 26 and 27. This two-day course included practical sessions from leading experts in clinical and research use of TMS as well as didactic learning. To register interest in our 2014 TMS certification courses email info@absmeet.org.

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Congratulations to Professor Fitzgerald and Dr Hoy - 04/12/2013

Congratulations to Professor Paul Fitzgerald and Dr Kate Hoy who are lead Chief Investigators for 2014 Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Strategic Grant Awards. Professor Fitzgerald received a grant for the project 'Development of an enhanced magnetic field concentrator design for Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation' and Dr Hoy for the project 'Investigating optimal methods of cognitive enhancement: A comparison of the behavioural and biological effects of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation'.

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MAPrc launch video - 21/11/2013

On 1 October 2013 the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce, who has been a patron of MAPrc for a number of years, launched our new facilities on St Kilda Road. Professor Jayashri Kulkarni (MAPrc Director), Professor David Coppolov (Monash Pro Vice-Chancellor), Mr Andrew Way (Alfred Health CEO) and the Governor-General spoke about the need for mental health research to be further developed and the importance of having a clinical research centre within a community setting.

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MAPrc's new premises launched - 06/11/2013

 

On October 1, MAPrc was officially launched by Her Excellency the Governor-General Quentin Bryce at its new location on St Kilda Road. MAPrc has been evolving and growing since 1994 and Her Excellency has been the Centre's Patron since 2009. Today MAPrc has 170 staff and students and runs 102 clinical trials in the areas of women's mental health, psychiatric neurotechnology, psychopharmacology, mental health services research and cognitive neuropsychology. 

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NRAMP on The Project - 31/10/2013

 Network Ten's 'The Project' looked at antipsychotic medication use during pregnancy. Click here to view.  
 
As part of the program, Professor Jayashri Kulkarni provided expert opinion and an NRAMP Ambassador talked about her experiences through pregnancy while taking antipsychotic medication.

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Classical Guitar through the Ages - 09/10/2013

The Classical Guitar Society of Victoria will be performing 'Classical Guitar through the Ages' on November 17, 2013 at the Uniting Church Centre in Parkville. The program spans from Baroque to contemporary works, with music by Robert de Visse, J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Toru Takemitsu and Elena Kats-Chernin. A taster of CGSV's performances is available here.

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Dr Kate Hoy receives a Young Tall Poppy Science Award - 09/10/2013

Congratulations to Dr Kate Hoy on being awarded a Young Tall Poppy Science Award! 
 
The Tall Poppy Awards celebrate scientific excellence and achievement and aim to promote intellectual achievements in Australia. Recipients must have produced world class research and be passionate science communicators. 
 

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Professor Jayashri Kulkarni on ABC 774 Conversation Hour - 04/10/2013

Professor Kulkarni speaks about The Festival of Ideas on The Conversation Hour on ABC 774 on 3rd October 2013 - listen here

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Monash University GLOBAL walk/run - 04/10/2013

Wednesday 9 October, 2013. 12:15 - 1pm
 
 The GLOBAL walk/run provides an opportunity for all Monash University students and staff to enjoy an outdoor walk or run event in a large team atmosphere. A lunch is provided at the conclusion of the event at each location. Delivered in conjunction with Wellbeing at Monash and Monash Sport, in October we partner with the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, when the GLOBAL walk/run coincides with Mental Health Week. 
 

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Professor Paul Fitzgerald on SBS's Insight - 25/09/2013

Professor Paul Fitzgerald recently participated in an Insight discussion on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for conditions like mania, psychosis and treatment-resistant depression.

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Professor Jayashri Kulkarni on ABC News - 25/09/2013

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni recently discussed identifying problem gambling as part of a medical history taking process on ABC News. 

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Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Festival of Ideas 2013 - 11/09/2013

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni will join a panel of speakers for the talk Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus at the Festival of Ideas 2013 on Saturday, October 5 2013. The speakers will discuss whether subtle differences in male and female brain anatomy relate to cognitive performance and explore the area of neurosexism.

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Students vote for Dr Peter Enticott on I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here! - 11/09/2013

Congratulations to Dr Peter Enticott who has won the Brain Zone section of I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here!, an Australian Idol-style competition for scientists where students are the judges.

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Professor Paul Fitzgerald discusses TMS treatment for depression on 4BC - 11/09/2013

Professor Paul Fitzgerald recently discussed using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to treat depression on 4BC. You can hear the interview here.

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MAPrc to be launched by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia - 28/08/2013

Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia has generously been the patron for MAPrc since 2010. Her Excellency will be visiting MAPrc in October to launch our new facilities.

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de Castella Run 2013 - 21/08/2013

 

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 33rd annual de Castella Run for Mental Health Research on Sunday, 25th August 2013! Thank you to participants, Rob de Castella, our sponsors and all the volunteers for making the event a great success.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation clinic featured in The Age - 14/08/2013

The work of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) clinic was featured in The Age, Wave of the magnetic wand lifting spirits. The TMS clinic has treated approximately 100 people with treatment-resistant depression with promising results. Proceeds from the 2013 de Castella run on August 25 will go towards supporting this program.

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Australasian Brain Stimulation Meeting 2013 - a resounding success - 14/08/2013

The MAPrc Psychiatric Neurotechnology team recently hosted the inaugural Australasian Brain Stimulation Meeting 2013. Held on 25-26 July at the Alfred Medical Research Precinct, the conference was a resounding success, attracting over 130 brain stimulation researchers from around Australia and abroad. The diversity of research showcased was inspiring.

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Professor Sir Robin Murray presents key findings from the Schizophrenia Commission in the UK - 14/08/2013

On July 24, 2013 Professor Sir Robin Murray presented 'The good, the bad and the ugly of Schizophrenia care' at The Alfred, a talk outlining some of the key findings of the Schizophrenia Commission in the United Kingdom. Rethink Mental Illness established the independent Commission in 2011 and it was chaired by Professor Sir Murray.

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Trials Bring Autism Hope - 19/06/2013

Recently screened on 7 News.

MAPrc researchers are currently using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to investigate the brain basis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is expected that this ground-breaking research will lead to new developments for diagnosis and treatment.

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Science of Mind Forum Happiness and Its Causes Conference - 19/06/2013

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni was on the expert panel talking to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Science of Mind forum, part of the Happiness and It's Causes Conference, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 19-20 June 2013.

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Australasian Brain Stimulation Meeting 2013 - 14/06/2013

Hosted by MAPrc, the 1st Australasian Brain Stimulation meeting is being held in Melbourne, 25-26 July.  http://absmeet.org

It will feature the best of brain stimulation research from across a fascinating range of disciplines.

The jam packed program includes work  from world leaders in motor physiology, cognitive neuroscience and clinical applications of brain stimulation methods.

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de Castella Run 2013 - 14/06/2013

The 33rd annual de Castella Run for Mental Health Research is fast approaching for 2013. It's set to be another exciting year with loads in store including Rob de Castella, the legend himself, attending the run on Sunday August 25th! Visit www.decastellarun.com.au to register for the Step into Life 5km, Runners World 10km or Mizuno 15km and enjoy Melbourne's best fun run course. Don't delay, start training today!

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MAPrc Hosts the 2013 Australasian Schizophrenia Conference - 06/06/2013

MAPrc Hosts the 2013 Australasian Schizophrenia Conference

 

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Who do you think you are? - 06/06/2013

 LESSONS FROM THE PAST

 

On May 7th 2013, an episode of the popular SBS program “Who Do You Think You Are?” featured actress Susie Porter, who traced her family back several generations and discovered that her grandmother and great- grandmother had mental illnesses and spent a large part of their lives in Psychiatric Institutions.

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TEDxWomen - 04/06/2013

 In Professor Jayashri Kulkarni’s TEDx talk “Crouching Issues and Hidden Dangers for Women’s Mental Health”, Professor Kulkarni shared her mission to develop & improve treatments & understanding for women's mental illnesses. The TEDxWomen Event took place in December 2012 at The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, Little Lonsdale Street.

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ASC Conference 2013 - 24/04/2013

MAPrc is hosting the 12th Biennial Australasian Schizophrenia Conference
13 – 14 May 2013, Melbourne Australia
The theme of this extraordinary conference is ‘Think Differently’

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Professor Kulkarni speaks about PMS - 06/02/2013

“The theory that (PMS) is all in women’s minds as opposed to their endocrinology …” Why is this debate from the 1970s about whether or not PMS is “just an excuse” that women use for their anger resurfacing now?

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Tall Poppy tackles Autism Spectrum Disorders - 10/12/2012

Dr Peter Enticott from the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre was awarded the 2012 Tall Poppy Award.

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MAPrc Awards! - 10/12/2012

 Eli Lilly Oration Award, ECR Symposium, Australian Diabetes Society Clinical Science prize & Alfred Week Psychiatry prize

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2012 Victorian Health Care Awards - 10/12/2012

MAPrc's Women’s Mental Health Clinic - Highly commended in the category of "Outstanding achievement by an individual or a team in mental healthcare"

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New TMS Clinic opens at MAPrc - 09/11/2012

On the 31st October 2012 the Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge, launched the MAPrc TMS Clinic – the first publicly funded program for the provision of TMS in the treatment of depression in Australia.

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Grant success for MAPrc - 09/11/2012

MAPrc has achieved excellent results obtaining a number of significant grants for funding commencing in 2013

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MAPrc has relocated! - 01/10/2012

The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre has moved into a fantastic new premises.  Our new address is:
Level 4
607 St Kilda Road
Melbourne 3004

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Running Success! - 12/09/2012

The Step into Life de Castella Run for mental health research was held on Sunday 26th August… and once again it was a phenomenal day!

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Finalist in City of Melbourne Award - 09/09/2012

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni nominated in the category of contribution to the community by an individual

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Two MAPrc Researchers awarded NARSAD Young Investigator Awards - 07/08/2012

 

Congratulations to MAPrc researchers Dr Peter Enticott and Dr Steven Miller, who have each been awarded a 2012 NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the US-based Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation.

 

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Star PhD Student! - 07/08/2012

Nigel Rogasch recently won the best three minute thesis presentation on 'Memory, magnetism and mental health'.

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Registrations now open - 25/06/2012

Step into Life de Castella Run for mental health research
Sunday 26 August

www.decastellarun.com.au 

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Understanding body image disorders - 15/06/2012

A new study investigating the causes and treatments of this condition

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Mood and Contraceptives – Is there a relationship? - 25/05/2012

MAPrc is investigating the answer to this question and you might be able to help!

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MENDING MINDS: A community presentation - 07/05/2012

An interesting and informative presentation from five different mental health leaders was held on Thursday 17 May 2012  to a packed out audience.
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MAPrc Research in Canada! - 24/04/2012

'EVestG' is a diagnostic tool and has been recently shown on a Canadian news report  click here to view the report

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MAPrc featured in Qantas Magazine - 10/04/2012

Qantas has featured an article in their in-flight magazine Qantas - the Australian Way highlighting research MAPrc is conducting on a possible diagnostic tool for mental illness

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Women's Mental Health Clinic: Alfred AND Sandringham! - 08/03/2012

  • New clinic opens for mothers at Sandringham Hospital.
  • Women's Mental Health Clinic at the Alfred Hospital is in high demand!

Read The Age and Leader Newspaper articles that features our clinics!

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MAPrc on Channel 7 News: Perimenopausal Depression - 08/03/2012

To watch the full Channel 7 News report and read the related article, please click here

MAPrc are currently conducting several trials specialising in women’s mental health, and following this news report we received over 100 callers wishing to take part in research. If you would like more information about our studies, please contact Emmy Gavrilidis on 9076 6564 or email e.gavrilidis@alfred.org.au

 

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MAPrc joins Monash University's Central Clinical School - 10/02/2012

In January 2012, the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre changed schools within Monash University.

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New studies for Women with Depression - 16/01/2012

MAPrc has introduced two new clinical trials for both young and older women who are experiencing depression.
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Dr Kate Hoy selected to represent University at NHMRC 75th Anniversary symposium - 06/12/2011

 Dr Kate Hoy was recently selected as one of Monash’s most outstanding early to midcareer researchers to represent the university at the NHMRC 75th Anniversary symposium which was held from the 28November to the 1December in Canberra.

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The Victorian Statewide Problem Gambling and Mental Health Partnership was a winner! - 24/11/2011

 

The Victorian Statewide Problem Gambling and Mental Health Partnership was the winner of the Minister for Mental Health’s Award for enabling person and family-centred mental healthcare, 2011 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

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MAPrc Grant Success - 24/11/2011

MAPrc has been highly successful with grants being awarded from a number of different funding agencies....

 

MAPrc awarded with highly competitive Alfred Health Grants

MAPrc researchers have been awarded one of three highly competitive Alfred Health grants (valued at $485,817 over three years) to investigate the predictors of antidepressant response to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. 

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Art for Mental Health Research - Exhibition and Auction - 26/10/2011

 
This annual event was held on World Mental health Day (10th of October) at Obscura Gallery in St Kilda East.
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Official opening of the Women's Only Area in Alfred Psychiatry - 19/09/2011

The official opening of the Women's Only Area in Alfred Psychiatry, and launch of the Service Guideline on Gender Sensitivity and Safety took place at the Alfred Centre on Thursday 8th September 2011.

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Annual de Castella Run for Mental Health Reseach - 31/08/2011

WHAT A GREAT DAY!!!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Step into Life de Castella Run for Mental Health Research!!

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A Special Event to Showcase - The National Register of Antipsychotic Medication in Pregnancy (NRAMP) - 31/08/2011

The National Register of Antipsychotic Medication in Pregnancy (NRAMP) has been placed in the spotlight recently at a Showcase Event, which was held on Friday 29th July at the newly refurbished Monash Law Chambers in Melbourne’s CBD.

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2011 Step into Life de Castella Run - 26/08/2011

2011 ~ WHAT A GREAT DAY!!!

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Dr Jerome Maller explores the relationship between eye temperature and mental illness - 02/08/2011

A new research study looking into the link between eye temperature and mental illness is underway at MAPrc.

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Alcohol Addiction - 29/07/2011

PhD student Jodie Feil, along with supervisor Professor Paul Fitzgerald has recently received significant media attention on their research into Alcohol Addiction.

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Professor Susan Rossell and Neuroimaging - 01/07/2011

On 4th May 2011 Susan Rossell was officially given the role of Principal of the Neuroimaging Facility at Swinburne University of Technology (SUT).

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Bernie Fitzgibbon publication in New Scientist Magazine - 01/07/2011

Bernie Fitzgibbon, PhD Student recently published an electroencephalography investigation documenting atypical neural activity during pain observation in lower-limb amputees who report 'syanesthetic pain': when the observation of pain in another induces an actual experience of pain in the absence of noxious injury.

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Step into Life de Castella Run for Mental Health Research - Sunday August 28th 2011 - 21/04/2011

 

The Step into Life de Castella Run for Mental Health is on again - Sunday August 28th at 8am 

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Professor Jayashri Kulkarni inducted onto the 2011 Victorian Honour Roll of Women - 24/03/2011

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni (Pictured with Minister Mary Wooldridge) was inducted onto the 2011 Victorian Honour Roll of Women on March 16th at a special ceremony at the Victorian National Gallery.

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Dean's Award for Excellence in Research - 21/02/2011

Dr Kate Hoy has been awarded the Deans Award for Excellence in Research (Early Career) 2010.  Dr Hoy has demonstrated that she has achieved the highest levels of sustained excellence in research, based on research achievements over the last 5 years. Despite having graduated only three years ago Dr Hoy has generated a considerable degree of research output (30 peer-reviewed articles; H index of 8; $734,000 in research funding).

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Ground-breaking research on autism and Asperger's - 15/12/2010

MAPrc researchers have completed ground breaking research into autism and Asperger’s syndrome. This research helps us to better understand why people with these conditions often have difficulties in relating to other people.
 

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NHMRC funding success - 02/12/2010

MAPrc has punched above its weight in this year’s NHMRC funding round. The centre received two project grants worth more than $550,000 (and is also co-investigator in an additional grant worth $235,000) and two of its young researchers received individual grants.

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The 2010 Art for Mental Health Research Exhibition and Auction - 12/11/2010

The 2010 Art for Mental Health Research Exhibition and Auction

The 2010 Art for Mental Health Research Exhibition and Auction was held on Thursday 12 November, 6-9pm, Blue Door Gallery, 231-233 Park Street, South Melbourne.
This event raised nearly $10,000 to support innovative mental health research. The Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) works to discover and fast track new treatment solutions to give hope and a brighter future to the millions of Australians living with mental illness.

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Art for Mental Health Research Exhibition and Auction - 04/11/2010

The 2010 Art for Mental Health Research Exhibition and Auction was a great success, with more than $7000 raised for mental health research. The organisers would like to thank all the artists who contributed works; all those who came alon on the night; and the event's key sponsors, Blue Door Gallery and Deans Art.

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Women's Mental Health Clinic launch - 26/10/2010

The  MAPrc Women's Mental Health Clinic was officially opened on Thursday 28 October, 11.30am, by Victoria's Cabinet Secretary and Member for Prahran, Tony Lupton MP. Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Mary Wooldridge, also spoke at the launch.  

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New Inventors' top prize for MAPrc team - 24/09/2010

A new diagnostic tool for detecting mental illnesses and other neurological conditions, being developed at MAPrc, has taken out first place honours on ABC’s The New Inventors.

The innovative diagnostic device, invented by Monash University engineer Brian Lithgow in research collaboration with MAPrc Director Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, was unanimously voted the year's best invention in the grand final of the popular ABC program.

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de Castella Run a huge success - 30/08/2010

The 2010 de Castella Run, held on Sunday 29 August, was a huge success. The event attracted more than 700 entrants, making it one of the biggest in the Run's history.  One of the participants was Australian of the Year Professor Pat McGorry (pictured with MAPrc Director Professor Jayashri Kulkarni) who went in the 5km run, and was thrilled to be involved in a fun run that raised funds for mental health research.

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2010 de Castella Run for Mental Health Research - 29/08/2010

The 2010 de Castella Run  held on Sunday 29 August, was a huge success. The event attracted more than 700 entrants, making it one of the biggest in the Run's history.  One of the participants was Australian of the Year Professor Pat McGorry, who went in the 5km run, and was thrilled to be involved in a fun run that raised funds for mental health research.

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Fun Run volunteers needed - 17/08/2010

The 2010 de Castella Run for Mental Health Research is fast approaching! This great community event is on Sunday 29 August. If you are not running or walking, there are still opportunities to join in the fun: why not volunteer to help out on the day? We need volunteers for a range of roles. No experience needed; you just need to offer us your time and good will. All volunteers will receive certificates of appreciation and a free pizza lunch.

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Call for multi-pronged approach to mental illness - 13/07/2010

In The Australian (13 July 2010) Professor Paul Fitzgerald makes the case for a multi-pronged approach to tackling mental illness. Professor Fitzgerald articulates a way forward for mental health reform, identifying how investment across a range of areas will result in real and positive change for people experiencing mental illness, and will take the pressure of families and our over-burdened hospitals.

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Have you registed yet? - 09/07/2010

 

The 2010 de Castella Run is raising funds for mental health research at MAPrc.  Registrer now!  Even better, spread the word to friends and family, and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Everydayhero.com.au

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2010 de Castella Run - 25/06/2010

The 2010 de Castella Run is raising funds for mental health research at MAPrc.  This vitally important research makes a positive difference to the lives of people who experience mental illness and their families. You can make a difference by entering the de Castella Run, so why not run for a good cause!

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Speaking up on ABC1's Q&A - 16/06/2010

MAPrc Director Professor Jayashri Kulkarni was a panelist on ABC1's Q&A on 14 June, 2010. To watch Professor Kulkarni discuss everything from political pop psychology to human-animal relations  with fellow panelists Peter Garrett, David Marr, Peter Singer and Helen Coonan click <HERE>.

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Investment in clinical research makes sense - 16/06/2010

In The Age (16 June, 2010), MAPrc Director  Professor Jayashri Kulkarni argues for greater investment in clinical mental health research.
Read "To defeat mental illness, you can't short-change research".

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The cost of mental illness - 10/06/2010

Mental illness has a huge impact on the lives of many people in Australia -- on those afflicted, their carers, families, friends and the community at large.  It is impossible to quantify this human toll, but it is possible to get some measure of the huge economic cost of mental illness.
 

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People's Choice Award - 03/06/2010

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni and Adjunct Professor Brian Lithgow won the People's Choice Award on The New Inventors  (ABC1, 2 June, 2010). Their innovation was not only popular with audiences, with the program's judges unanimously giving  'EVestG' to honours. For more about EVestG click <HERE.>
 
 
 

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Director talks books and Harry Potter - 28/05/2010

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, MAPrc Director, talked favourite books with the ABC's Ramona Koval at The Wheeler Centre this week.
 

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ABC's New Inventors shines the light on MAPrc innovation - 24/05/2010

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni and Adjunct Professor Brian Lithgow will showcase one of MAPrc's mental health innovations on The New Inventors (ABC1), 8.30pm, Wednesday, June 2.  

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"The Conversation Hour" with ABC Jon Faine and Prof Kulkarni - 23/03/2010

Three leading women in science: Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, Dr Katherine Marsden and Professor Jayashri Kulkarni

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MAPrc publication in Nature Reviews Neurology - 23/03/2010

The article reviews the past, present and future role of brain stimualtion in psychiatry

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MAPrc research highlighted in New Scientist magazine - 18/03/2010

New Scientist magazine includes a feature article “Empathy Overkill" by Ms. Bernadette Fitzgibbon 
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Leading schizophrenia researcher Prof. Sonia Dollfus visits MAPrc - 08/03/2010

Leading psychiatry researcher, Prof. Sonia Dollfus visits MAPrc to present her work on brain stimulation and neuroimaging studies for psychiatric conditions

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New Patron for MAPrc - 19/02/2010

Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

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Dr Peter Enticott reports on autism research - 13/02/2010

Researchers at MAPrc have begun a ground-breaking study into autism and the related condition known as Asperger's Syndrome...

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'ECG for the mind' - Early detection of mental health illnesses - 02/02/2010

An innovative diagnostic technique invented by Brian Lithgow... 

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