CRC for Mental Health

KnowHow magazine

Date: May 2014

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The CRC for Mental Health appears in the May 2014 edition of the Cooperative Research Centres Association’s KnowHow magazine. Page six of the magazine features an article on CRC for Mental Health research linking Alzheimer’s disease and anaemia.

You can read KnowHow here.

 

Professor Ashley Bush on ABC Radio Canberra

Date: February 2014
Program: ABC Canberra

Chief Scientific Officer Professor Ashley Bush appeared on ABC Radio 666 Canberra discussing recent research by the CRC for Mental Health into the link between anaemia and Alzheimer’s disease. The interview was hosted by Alex Sloan and in conversation with Professor Tony Peacock, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre Association.

You can listen to the interview below.

 

Arcitecta and the CRC for Mental Health to improve the capture and management of data from clinical research

Date: 31 January 2014
Release by: CRC for Mental Health and Arcitecta

Arcitecta, the company behind Mediaflux – the most flexible and comprehensive metadata management platform for complex, distributed data management – is developing a product to improve the capture and management of data from clinical research worldwide.

Using the Cooperative Research Centre for Mental Health’s real data from volunteers, Arcitecta will develop a new software product that will:

  • enable clinicians to capture clinical data at the bedside, and in a form that is easily accessible to them and other non-expert IT users,
  • easily import and export new and existing data,
  • enable multiple research institutions to collaborate on multiple trials by allowing them to feed data into the repository for this new product, and,
  • be open, allowing users to develop additional functions, as and when they need it.

The project is being funded by the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation in Victoria, with in-kind contributions from Arcitecta and the CRC for Mental Health

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Visit Arcitecta’s website.

Coverage in the press:

Capturing biomarker metadata for mental health research, PULSE+IT Magazine, 3 April 2014.

 

Link found between Alzheimer’s disease and anaemia

Date: 14 January 2014
Release by: CRC for Mental Health and the Florey Institute for Neuroscience & Mental Health

Australian scientists have discovered a link between Alzheimer’s disease and anaemia, in a study which has the potential to improve the quality of life for people with these major diseases.

The study tested iron levels and related blood chemistry in over 1100 volunteers. The scientists compared results between groups who either had Alzheimer’s disease, had complaints about their memory and healthy volunteers. The scientists found that having Alzheimer’s disease caused a lowering of blood hemoglobin levels, and was a major risk factor for developing anaemia.

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Coverage in the press:

Blood link to Alzheimer’s may lead to new treatments, ABC AM program, 15 January
Anaemia linked to Alzheimer’s disease, researchers hope finding will improve lives of sufferers, ABC News, 15 January

 

Glimpsing the light within

Date: December 2013
Article by: Mercy Health

In Australia there are over 321,600 older people living with dementia. Following on from the Depression and Dementia event in September, this article in Mercy Health’s “Our Voice” publication discusses experiences of caring for a person shared by researchers, residents, family members, staff and community at the panel discussion held at Mercy Place Parkville.

From "Our Voice," Mercy Health 2013.

From “Our Voice,” Mercy Health 2013.

Mercy Health, Our Voice article Dec 2013

 

Depression and Dementia community event

Date: September 2013
Release by: Mercy Health

As part of Dementia Awareness Week, Mercy Health and the CRC for Mental Health are hosting Depression + Dementia, an interactive panel discussion for the community, aged care residents, aged care staff, family and friends.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about current dementia research, care options for those affected by depression and dementia, and how to recognise signs and symptoms of each condition. A key element of the event will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions relevant to them, their loved ones and their community.

Read the full release

You can listen to a recording of the event here.

 

Science and Dementia

Date: 6 August 2013
Release by: CRC for Mental Health

One Australian is diagnosed with dementia every six minutes. Hear about the progress Australian scientists are making towards early diagnosis and treatment at the free public event ‘Science and Dementia’.

Hosted by science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams AM, from Radio National’s The Science Show, ‘Science and Dementia’ will feature insights from the lived experience, clinicians and researchers. Presented as part of National Science Week, the event will be held 14 August at 6.30pm at The Melbourne Brain Centre.

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.

You can watch a video of the event here.

 

Mercy Health submission on the care of Australians living with dementia

Date: June 2013
Release by: Mercy Health

In 2013, the Australian Senate Committee on Community Affairs requested submissions for an “Inquiry into the care and management of younger and older Australians living with dementia and behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD)”.

Mercy Health, an end-user Participant  of the CRC for Mental Health, made an independent submission to the inquiry.  Mercy Health’s submission emphasised the value of a multidisciplinary approach to meeting the needs of people with the condition and those of their families. Mercy Health’s submission also indicated that front-line care staff such as GPs and residential aged-care staff need “ongoing support and education” in the etiology of dementia, as well as its diagnosis and care.

You can read Mercy Health’s submission to the enquiry here.

The final report from the Committee on Community Affairs will be available here when released.

 

Inquiry into the early diagnosis and prevention of dementia

Date: June 2013

In 2012, the Australian Parliamentary House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing held an inquiry into dementia early diagnosis and intervention practices in Australia.

The CRC made a submission to this inquiry detailing the key challenges in this research field and how early intervention can improve the quality of life for people with dementia. The submission described the inability to diagnose dementia before substantial cognitive decline has occurred as a key roadblock for the prevention and effective treatment of dementia at present.

Several CRC Participant organisations also made independent submissions. You can read submissions from CSIRO, the National Ageing Research Institute, and Pfizer Australia on the linked pages.

The final report from the House Standing Committee on Health and Ageing encouraged ongoing government and non-government support for dementia research. It also endorsed the importance of research and awareness raising about preventative lifestyle factors for dementia.

The final report from the House Standing Committee on Health and Ageing is available here.

Read the CRC for Mental Health’s submission here.

 

Geelong residents to lead the way towards a treatment for bipolar depression

Date: 8 March 2013
Release by: CRC for Mental Health, Barwon Health

Geelong researchers are set to undertake a world-first trial of a new treatment for bipolar depression. The treatment involves both a compound called N-acetyl cysteine, known as NAC, which is thought to reduce the effect of underlying physical brain changes, and a combination of potentially energy boosting nutraceutical agents including NAC.

Professor Berk’s team is now taking a wait list for the trials, which will begin in April 2013. To volunteer, or for more information, contact 03 4215 3309 or email mitobd@barwonhealth.org.au

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Art, science and schizophrenia (radio)

Date: 4 November 2012
Program by: Radio National, “All in the Mind”

(L-R) Emma Last (The Dax Centre), Prof Jayashri Kulkarni (Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre), Prof Brian Dean (CRC for Mental Health and Florey Institute), Brendan Clarke (Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria), and Lynne Malcolm (ABC Radio National).

(L-R) Emma Last (The Dax Centre), Prof Jayashri Kulkarni (Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre), Prof Brian Dean (CRC for Mental Health and Florey Institute), Brendan Clarke (Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria), and Lynne Malcolm (ABC Radio National).

Hosted by Lynne Malcolm, this one hour radio show explores how scientists, clinicians and artists are collaborating to improve the experience of those living with schizophrenia. The show features insights from Prof Brian Dean (CRC for Mental Health), Emma Last (The Dax Centre), Prof Jayashri Kulkarni (Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre) and Brendan Clarke (Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria).

Listen to the full program

 

Talking mo’s, mental health and young men’s wellbeing (radio)

Date: 21 November 2012
Program by: ABC 666 Canberra

Hosted by Alex Sloan, the radio program features a discussion with Prof Michael Berk (CRC for Mental Health) and Prof Tony Peacock (Cooperative Research Centre Association) about the latest research into biomarkers for depression and anxiety.

Listen to the full program

 

Not just one thing: art, science and schizophrenia

Date: 8 October 2012
Release by: CRC for Mental Health

Join us for a history of schizophrenia, exploring the illness through art, story-telling, science and personal perspectives. The show is a collaboration between the CRC for Mental Health and the Dax Centre. This Unlocking Australia’s Potential initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of Inspiring Australia and is part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Read the full article

 

The promise and challenges of biomarkers for mental illnesses

Date: 8 October 2012
Published: The Conversation, written by Professor Ian Cooke

The human brain is the location of personality, emotion, learning and wisdom in a unique individual. It contains 100 billion nerve cells – roughly the same number as there are galaxies in the observable universe. Each cell makes on average, 1000 connections with other neurons, representing the potential for 100 trillion simultaneous information transactions. In such a complex and dynamic structure, there’s plenty of room for biochemical processes to go astray.

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New scanner speeds up brain research

Date: 2 October 2012

Melbourne researchers have taken delivery of an improved brain scanner that will allow them to fast-track the detection and treatment of neurological disorders. According to Prof Chris Rowe, the technology will “attract more researchers and funding to the field, supporting development of new research directions in collaboration with the CRC for Mental Health and other institutes and researchers”. 

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Appointment of new Chief Executive Officer

Professor Ian Cooke

Professor Ian Cooke

Date: 8 March 2012
Release by: CRC for Mental Health

Professor Ian Cooke has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the CRC for Mental Health. Professor Cooke is a scientist with a track record of initiative and achievement in research, teaching, management, entrepreneurship and organisational leadership. He takes over from Dr Graeme Chandler who retired in December after leading the Centre through the successful funding bid and establishment.Read the full release

 

New target for treatment of depression

Date:  January 2012
Release by: Mental Health Research Institute

Scientists from the Mental Health Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia have made an exciting new finding which has significant implications for the treatment of depression. Their new finding concerns the function of a protein, beta-amyloid protein precursor (APP) which is also implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. The research team, led by first author Dr James Duce and senior author Professor Ashley Bush, found that APP is an enzyme which controls the loss of catecholamines in the brain, blood and other organs.

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CRC for Mental Health appoints Simone Quin as Chief Financial Officer

Date: 16 January 2012
Release by: CRC for Mental Health

The CRC for Mental Health announced Simone Quin as Chief Financial Officer and General Manager. Ms Quin played a critical role in the establishment of the Centre, displaying a wealth of knowledge in commercialisation and finance. Her appointment will provide a solid foundation for the CRC’s research into neurodegenerative disease and psychoses.

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Ashley Bush appointed as Chief Scientific Officer

Date: 11 January 2012
Release by: CRC for Mental Health

The CRC for Mental Health is very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ashley Bush as its Chief Scientific Officer.

Professor Ashley Bush

As Chief Scientific Officer to CRC for Mental Health, Professor Bush will provide scientific oversight and advice to the organisation on its research into mental health diseases, pyschoses and mood disorders. The CRC’s research focuses particularly on “biomarkers”

“The CRC’s research focus i on biomarkers which could be an enormous aid in the early detection and clinical trial monitoring of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease or schizophrenia,” said Professor Bush.

“CRC for Mental Health researchers will be looking for specific cells, small molecules or subtle brain image changes which could be the first signs of disease. Any of these biomarkers might allow us to diagnose mental health issues before the onset of mental decline.”

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A million for inaugural Chair in Aged Care

Professor Fran McInerney

Professor Fran McInerney has been announced as the inaugural Chair in Aged Care – a joint initiative between Mercy Health and Australian Catholic University (ACU). With Australia’s ageing population set to double over the next 40 years, the Chair will drive innovation, provide leadership and establish a long-term vision for the way Australia cares for older people.

Read more about the inaugrual Chair in Aged Care

 

 

 

 

Launch of the CRC for Mental Health

Date: 17 November 2011
(L-r) Dr Sandra Hacker AO, Prof Colin Masters, the Hon Mary Wooldridge, the Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge, Ms Patricia Kelly, Mr Neville Stevens AO, Prof Ralph Martins
Release by: CRC for Mental Health 
 
“The launch of the CRC for Mental Health on 17 November 2011 begins a research journey to find ways to diagnose neurodegenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases and pyschoses such as schizophrenia and mood disorders.” Read the full release
 

The CRC was officially launched in Melbourne by Ms Patricia Kelly, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and the Hon Mary Wooldridge, Victorian Minister for Mental Health spoke at the launch.

(L-R) the Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge, his Excellency Malcolm McCusker, Prof Ralph Martins

The Western Australia launch of the CRC took place on 24 November 2011 at the Hollywood Medical Centre and was launched by His Excellency Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, Governor of Western Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

Collaboration for better mental health

Date: 17 November 2011
Release by: Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and The Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

Early detection and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders and psychoses will come a step closer with today’s official launch of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Mental Health.

Comment by Minister for Innovation Senator Kim Carr… “Nearly half of all Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage of their lives and we know that mental illness impacts on individuals, their families and the community, at considerable personal, social and economic cost. Strong cross-sector collaborations are critical in tackling major challenges. The CRC for Mental Health draws together world-class researchers and brings an integrated and collaborative approach to addressing mental health issues”.

Comment by Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon Mark Butler… “In addition to providing new mental health services as part of our record $2.2 billion budget, we are investing heavily in research so that we can better understand how to prevent and treat mental illness. We also need to build capacity in the mental health research workforce – an issue that has been raised in my consultations with the mental health sector”.

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