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Deakin’s IMPACT celebrates NHMRC Investigator Grant success

Deakin University projects that aim to improve the mental health of Australians have received more than $3.9 million in funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)...


Next-gen researcher wins prestigious Tall Poppy Award

Five of Deakin University’s future scientific leaders were honoured with a Victorian Tall Poppy Science Award during last night’s ceremony. Dr Tanveer Adyel, Associate Professor Shariful Islam, Associate Professor...


IMPACT joins the United Nations General Assembly Science Summit

After years of closed borders and virtual meetings, experts from around the world were finally able to meet face-to-face in New York City for the Science Summit at the...

Research news

Arming rural EDs with the best tools for mental health care

In a busy emergency department faced with a kaleidoscope of presentations, it is important that staff feel confident in treating every patient.  In 2020, the Australasian College for Emergency...

Population Health

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New ‘lifestyle’ guidelines provide more options for treating depression

An international research taskforce, led by Deakin University, has released the first set of clinical treatment guidelines for depression to comprise lifestyle interventions such as healthful eating, quitting smoking,...

Food and Mood

$1.94 million in Future Fellowships for research projects of national significance

A first-of-its-kind exploration of dopamine receptors to better understand development across the lifespan and creating nano-needles to deliver genetic materials into cell interiors – meet the next-gen researchers working...


Finding new drugs to fight malaria

Malaria parasites are growing increasingly resistant to anti-malaria drugs, with the current frontline drug showing signs of waning effectiveness. Malaria is an infection of red blood cells and is...

Drug Discovery

Comorbid risk factors play vital key to blood-based dementia diagnosis

More than one million cases of dementia are projected by 2056, driving an urgent need to develop an accurate, clinically compliant and cost-effective early diagnosis of this debilitating disease. ...


Introduction to Nutritional Psychiatry: Nutri-Psyche

Grow your understanding of the links between diet and mental health and explore strategies to use nutrition in treatment plans. Develop practical knowledge to use nutritional care for mental...

Food and Mood

How the tiny zebrafish might unlock new cancer treatments

Meet the Deakin Research Fellow using cutting-edge genome-editing techniques to create zebrafish models of human cancer. Dr Faiza Basheer is interested in deciphering the drivers of aggressiveness and drug...

Cancer research

Putting gut health under the microscope

For 14 years, Dr Leni Rivera has explored the link between intestinal health, nutrition and metabolic disorders.  Her research has gathered strength in that time, she has led projects...

Gut Microbiome

Researchers provide missing data for new bone health tool

The wealth of data collected via the Geelong Osteoporosis Study continues to contribute to the development of new technology, with a recent study revealing how its data can be...