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Monash Neuroscience and Mental Health Network

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The Monash Neuroscience and Mental Health Network was established by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in 2007 and incorporates The Monash University Centre for Brain and Behaviour, established in 2003.

The Network brings together teams of scientists and clinicians from across the university, and its affiliated centres and institutes, to tackle major research challenges in the field of neuroscience and mental health.

The aims of the network include facilitating multi-disciplinary, cross-faculty research collaborations, building research capacity in the neurosciences and mental health, and promoting the value of neuroscience research to the community, government and industry.

Monash University neuroscientists and mental health professionals conduct leading edge research and clinical investigation in many key areas – refer to Our Research for more information.

Upcoming events - Brain Awareness Week Activities

Is schizophrenia a cost of the evolving human brain?

This is a free lecture open to all Monash staff, students and members of the general public. The lecture is held by the Monash Neuroscience and Mental Health Network, in association with the Australian Neuroscience Society.

Date: Wednesday 16 March, 2011
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Venue: South One Lecture Theatre, Building 64, Monash University, Clayton campus

Presented by Prof Brian Dean
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Mental Health Research Institute & Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne.
The cause of schizophrenia remains unknown.  Recent developments argue that some of the symptoms of schizophrenia arise because of the human brain has become so complex it has problems supplying its own need for energy.  Importantly, drugs that may reverse this problem may be on the horizon.  This talk will outline why schizophrenia may result from a brain energy deficit and how drugs may be able to reverse such a deficiency.
Prof Brian Dean is currently a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Rebecca L. Cooper Research Laboratories at the Mental Health Research Institute, Melbourne and holds an honorary position as Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne.  He has now published more than over 170 papers on the neuropsychopharmacology of psychotropic drugs and the pathophysiology of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorders. 
Introduction by Assoc Prof Neil Cole - Melbourne author, playwright, former lawyer, member of the Victorian State Parliament for over a decade and, in the 1990s, the Victorian Shadow Attorney-General. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne based at the Mental Health Research Institute. 
For more information please contact Click here for flyer containing a map of the venue etc.  

Australian Neuroscience Society – Victorian Neuroscience Networking event

This event is open to all Monash staff and students, undertaking research in the area of neuroscience or mental health.

Date: Monday 14th March, 2011
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Venue: Executive Lounge, Level 1, Alan Gilbert Building, Grattan St Parkville

This is an opportunity to network with neuroscience researchers from other universities and organisations, in an informal environment. Refreshments will be provided. Displays will be present from a number of key neuroscience research organisations.
RSVP is essential. Please email, by Friday 4th March. If there is sufficient demand, the Australian Neuroscience Society and Monash Neuroscience and Mental Health Network will provide a free bus from the Monash University Clayton campus to this event. There will however be limited seats, so please contact to reserve a seat on the bus.


Contact us

Monash Neuroscience and Mental Health Network
Phone: +61 3 9905 3299