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What does it mean to make scientific discoveries?

Scientists have been unlocking the secrets of the universe and improving our quality of life for millennia. Science has brought us everything from discoveries like the earth is round...

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Personalising treatment in psychiatry 

When it comes to the treatment of mental health disorders, it certainly isn’t a case of the one size fits all. With treatment- resistance being common in mood disorders,...


Researcher stories: Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk

One of the world’s most influential scientific minds, Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk is driven by curiosity and a fierce commitment to improve global understanding and treatment of mental...

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New funding to fast track COVID-19 treatments

Scientists will develop a faster, smarter way of rapidly screening existing drugs and advancing those that can be used to treat COVID-19 and aim to have identified thee suitable...


New study finds gender differences in Australian Football injuries

Traditionally AFL has been a male dominated sport and research has focused on male participants. However, female participation in the sport has increased substantially in recent years. In 2019,...

Molecular Medicine

Repurposed drug offers promising future for bipolar and depression treatment

Bipolar disorder is one of the top 10 global causes of disability with significant morbidity and mortality and has the highest suicide risk and completion rates of all mental...

Drug Discovery

Dietary interventions in obesity linked to changes in gut bacteria

At Deakin’s Food & Mood Centre, Professor Felice Jacka and her team are working in the exciting new field of nutritional psychiatry, aiming to understand the complex ways in...

Food and Mood

2020 Annual Report

Today we are celebrating the launch of our 2020 Annual Report.  2020 revealed many things about the world around us, and for IMPACT it revealed our unrelenting commitment to...

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Low mood could affect the diagnosis of sarcopenia

The Geelong Osteoporosis Study (GOS) suggests that current operational definitions for sarcopenia have overlooked assessment problems for older people with symptoms of depression. The term sarcopenia originally meant ‘poverty...


IMPACT researchers awarded OAM

Two IMPACT researchers are among the Australian’s recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2021. Both, Professor Eugene Athan and Professor Felice Jacka were awarded the Order of...

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Lowering inflammation to treat mental health: the burgeoning field of immuno-psychiatry

Our immune systems are a key part of the mental health puzzle. Immune systems play a key role in keeping us healthy. Our bodies rely on them to destroy...

Body and Brain

Deakin to lead new national network in mental health research

A new national collaboration to transform the way mental health treatment is developed and tested will be led by Deakin University and key partners, with $12 million support from...

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