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Sisters, brothers and bugs: how siblings protect babies from allergies

Researchers from Barwon Health, Deakin University and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute have found a big piece of the food allergy puzzle. Their study, published today in the Journal of...


Matt Agnew & The Power of Male (Role) Models for Men’s Mental Health

*Trigger Warning: the content of this post involves discussion of suicide, and may be emotionally challenging for some people*  In 2019, Matt Agnew was the star of Network 10’s...

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Finalists announced for the medical research awards

Sajal Saha has been announced as a finalist for the 2022 Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research. Established in 1995 by the Victorian Government in partnership with the Australian...


Eating too much ultra-processed food could make us depressed

Australian research has for the first time established a link between diets high in ultra-processed foods and an increased risk of depression. The recently published findings in the Journal...

Food and Mood

Experts call for food industry change to address mental health crisis

Deakin University researchers are part of a team of global experts calling for major changes to the food industry to address the mental health crisis gripping communities around the...

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Unleash your mind: Pint of Science is back in 2023

Calling all curious minds! Are you ready for two nights of mind-blowing conversations about the latest medical research? Pint of Science is back in 2023 with an exciting lineup...

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2022 Annual Report

We are delighted to announce the launch of our 2022 Annual Report for The Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT).   This report reflects the dedication,...

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Coke, or Diet Coke?

There has been an enormous increase in the consumption of non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) over the last two decades correlating with increased awareness of the harms of sugar on a...

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The link between brain health and mental health

Does a healthy brain equal a healthy mind? A global team are working to find the answer. A new paper has been published in the American Journal of Geriatric...

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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...

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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