School of Psychiatry

The School of Psychiatry is widely reputed as the pre-eminent psychiatric research department in the country, and one of the leading university groups internationally.

Since its establishment over 75 doctorates (MD or PhD) have been completed under the supervision of School academics, with many of the successful candidates going on to leading university positions around Australia in both psychiatry and psychology. More ....

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    Waking up to the heart of darkness

    The onset of anxiety and depression can be sudden and inexplicable.

    Featuring Dr Kay Wilhelm

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    Ketamine could treat depression

    Its street name is Special K and now researchers believe the drug ketamine could be a game changer in the treatment of depression.

    A team from the University of New South Wales has found ketamine can help patients who've failed to respond to other treatments.

    Features A/Prof Colleen Loo

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    Strange but true - bipolar has advantages

    Smells are smellier. Colours are brighter. Hearing is sharper. And, if you're lucky, your golf game will go through the roof. Welcome to the strange, suprasensory world of bipolar II, where mental illness is a portal into a heightened realm.

    Article features Prof Gordon Parker

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    Inaugural Chair of Trauma and Mental Health Announced
    A leading UNSW mental health academic has been appointed Australia’s first professorial chair of trauma and mental health, a role established in partnership between UNSW and St John of God Richmond Hospital in Sydney.

    Features Prof Zachary Steele

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    TEDx Talk - Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert

    On Saturday 26th April 2014, Cyndi Shannon Weickert was one of the speakers at the TEDx Sydney 2014. Cyndi spoke about her life, her twin brother Scott and her research on schizophrenia. You can listed to her 15 minute TED talk by going to the full replay of the live coverage of the entire day at the following link and then selecting her name on the speakers list. It starts with the MC doing the session introduction.

    Congratulations Cyndi on a powerful and passionate presentation that will be seen by many around the world.

    Battle of the minds - Uniken

    Clashes over what to include in the latest edition of psychiatry’s ‘bible’ were a bruising affair, writes Susi Hamilton.

    Article features Scientia Professor Perminder Sachdev

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    New Chair in Intellectual Disability - UNSW Newsroom (26 March 2013)

    A newly established UNSW Chair in Intellectual Disability and Behaviour Support has been announced by the NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance.

    Article features A/Prof Julian Trollor

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    Study highlights violence in returned soldiers - ABC The World Today (15 Mar 2012)

    A study into the mental health of soldiers has found an alarmingly high number commit violent offences after returning from duty.

    The researchers looked into the criminal records of around 14,000 UK military personnel, and found that young soldiers are three times more likely than their civilian counterparts to commit a violent offence.

    The study shows the highest risk period is immediately after they return from war.

    One of the researchers, Kimberlie Dean, has recently been appointed the Chair of Forensic Mental Health at the University of New South Wales. She's speaking here with Ashley Hall.

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    Returning troops more likely to be violent - The Australian (15 Mar 2013)

    An Australian researcher says young men in the UK military are three times more likely than those in the general population to have committed a violent offence.

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    Articles & Interview feature A/Prof Kimberlie Dean

    Super Centenarians - UNSW Newsroom (25 February 2013)

    Genetic material from 14 of Australia’s oldest citizens has been sent overseas in a bid to discover the secret of surviving and thriving into old age.

    Features Dr Charlene Levitan

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    Life at 100: it only gets better - SMH (4 March 2013)

    They may be frail, but that doesn't stop the oldest of the old from being optimistic, happy and keen to be involved in the world around them.

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    Articles feature Dr Charlene Levitan

    Measuring distress in people with Types 1 and 2 diabetes - (20 Jan 2013)

    Australian diabetes experts, psychiatrists and neuroscientists have reported the benefits of measuring depression and disease-related distress in patients with diabetes. They have also shown that distress is influenced by heritable genetic changes in the way patients’ bodies handle serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood.

    Features Prof Kay Wilhelm & Prof Philip Mitchell

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    Promising Depression Therapy - (11 Feb 2013)

    A type of brain stimulation caused by a mild electric current that appears to have minimal negative side effects is showing promise as a potential treatment for major depression, according to several studies.

    Features Prof Colleen Loo

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    Mental illness the largest contributor to disability worldwide - UNSW Newsroom (14 Dec 2012)

    Mental illness is the largest contributor to disability, according to a report card on the world’s health, The Global Burden of Disease 2010 (GBD 2010). The seven papers and two commentaries that make up the report will be published in The Lancet this week.

    Features Prof Philip Mitchell

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    Bipolar risk could be found earlier, study finds - SMH (18 Dec 2012)

    YOUNG people at risk of developing bipolar disorder could potentially be identified before the onset of the mental illness, a new study suggests.

    Features Prof Philip Mitchell

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    Shock Value - SMH (10 Nov 2012)

    Electroconvulsive therapy is providing a jolt from the blues for many suffering from mental illnesses. Tim Elliott explores the resurgence of a much-maligned medical treatment.

    Features Prof Colleen Loo

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    Promoting healthy brain ageing - UNSWNews (22 October 2012)

    The Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing has been launched at the University of New South Wales to help tackle an illness that affects 300,000 people in Australia and is the nation’s third leading cause of death, dementia.

    Article features Henry Brodaty and Perminder Sachdev

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    Fantastic field of young tall poppies - UNSWNews (26 October 2012)

    For innovative work in the fields of medicine, science and engineering, UNSW researchers have won six of this year’s nine NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

    Article Features Dr Lee-Fay Low

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    Ketamine - Catalyst (25 October 2012)

    "Researchers are experimenting with a drug that could mean a paradigm shift in the treatment of mental illness".

    Article/story features Prof Colleen Loo

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    Mental Illness Diagnosis Thursday - Catalyst (4 October 2012)

    "Mental illness - it's still a taboo subject. Despite all the advances made in psychiatry over the last century, accurately diagnosing mental illness still remains elusive."

    Article/story features Prof Perminder Sachdev and Prof Gordon Parker

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    Deep brain stimulation powerful in treating Tourette's - UNSWNews (16 Aug 2012)

    Ten out of 11 patients with severe Tourette’s Syndrome have reported improvement after receiving deep brain stimulation surgery, according to University of New South Wales research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

    Features Professor Perminder Sachdev

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    Schizophrenic brain on red alert - (8 Aug 2012)

    The brains of people with schizophrenia may be under attack by the immune system, according to research from Neuroscience Research Australia and the University of New South Wales

    Features Professor Cyndi Shannon Weickert

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    Funding excellence - Faculy of Medicine News (2nd August 2012)

    UNSW’s expertise in suicide prevention and substance abuse has once again been recognised with $5 million funding for two new Centres of Research Excellence.

    Story features Professor Helen Christensen

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    Professor Brodaty appointed to Aged Care Reform Implementation Council - Faculy of Medicine News (20th July 2012)

    The independent Council will oversee delivery of the Labor Government’s $3.7 billion Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package, and will work closely with the aged care sector through the transition.

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    Alzheimer's blood test - a step forward - (21 June 2012)

    Australian researchers have found biomarkers in the blood that could help develop a test to identify people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Article features Prof Perminder Sachdev

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    Depression Treatment's Quiet Revolution - UNSW TV (11 June 2012)

    Researchers from UNSW's School of Psychiatry and The Black Dog Institute are trialling ketamine in people with severe depression.

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    ACT patients turn to shock therapy - Canberra Times (22 April 2012)

    Article features Prof Colleen Loo

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    Should grief be considered a mental illness? - SBS, World News Australia (17 Apr 2012)

    Article and program features Prof Gordon Parker

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