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World-first trial to investigate new medication for methamphetamine dependence

In a world-first, Australian researchers are trialling a new medication to help people who want to stop using crystal methamphetamine or ‘ice’. Led by researchers from the National Drug...

Drug Addiction

Netflix psychiatrist Phil Stutz says 85% of early therapy gains are down to lifestyle changes. Is he right?

Jonah Hill’s Netflix documentary, Stutz, is an insightful journey into the mind of his therapist, renowned psychiatrist Phil Stutz. Hill delves into Stutz’ model of care, creatively using visual...

Research news

World-first study highlights the feasibility of using faecal transplants for the treatment of mental disorders

A new Deakin-led study has uncovered how human microbiota transfer therapy could work in the real world as a future treatment for depression. Lead author of the new paper...

Faecal Transplants

The future is bright for Barwon Health Research

As the last few years have shown, we live in highly dynamic times. Now more than ever, our choices must be informed by science. Barwon Health is delighted to...

Research news

Co-existence of hepatosteatosis and skeletal muscle fat infiltration

Accumulation of fat in the liver (hepatosteatosis) and muscle (myosteatosis) affects normal physiological functioning, leading to poorer health outcomes. But what is the concurrence of these two conditions in...


Why learning to surf can be great for your mental health, according to a psychologist

Why learning to surf can be great for your mental health, according to a psychologist Ferne Millen/Ocean Minds, Author provided Lisa Olive, Deakin University Nothing clears the mind like going...

Research news

Our top stories of 2022

2022 marked another major year for IMPACT – it was jam packed with awards, funding and media appearances. See just a few of our highlights below. Professor Felice Jacka’s...

Research news

Deakin and Barwon Health partner in new centre for disease research

A new Geelong-based research centre will contribute to global efforts to prevent, control and treat infectious and immune-related diseases, including COVID-19, Buruli Ulcer, malaria and asthma. The Centre for...

Infectious Diseases

Nurture, not pollute, our brains to secure the future

Brain science-inspired policy continues to advance  The OECD has invited Nobel laureates and many of the world’s leading thinkers from government, the private sector and academia to debate innovative...

Brain Capital

New guidelines to help diagnose and treat muscle loss in elderly

A new set of international guidelines aims to improve the clinical treatment of muscle loss, or sarcopenia, a common condition in older adults that severely impacts quality of life...


Pharmacogenetics: prescribing antidepressants with genetic precision

A new spin-off company has been launched thanks to ground-breaking research from a Deakin team. Professor Ajeet Singh had an idea to refine the treatment of mental health disorders,...


Magda’s Big National Health Check on ABC

Magda Szubanski uncovers our physical and mental health challenges as a nation, and explores how we can all live healthier lives – herself included.   Professor Felice Jacka from...