Brain and mental health

The brain is the body’s most complex organ and understanding how it works in healthy populations, as well as following injury, in disease, and during stress and ageing, informs our ability to treat brain disorders and mental health conditions.

Brain and mental health is an area of increasing public health concern, as up to one billion people suffer from some type of brain disorder worldwide.  Brain disorders not only have a devastating impact on the patients themselves, but also on their families, the community and the health care system.  The global burden of disease from brain disorders is expected to overtake that of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

We are at the forefront of scientific discovery and translation across an extensive range of brain and mental health areas, including but not limited to:

  • Dementia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Psychiatry, including psychiatric syndromes, such as schizophrenia, addiction psychiatry, and mood disorders
  • Substance use and abuse (including addiction)
  • Global burden of disease

We have expertise in:

  • Longitudinal cohort studies on alcohol and drug use
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Neurosurgery

Further information about brain and mental health research in the Faculty of Medicine can be found below: