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Mental Illness

Mental illness is responsible for one of the largest disease burdens in Australia. The major psychiatric disorders schizophrenia and bipolar disorder each affect around 1% of the population and Neuroscience Research Australia has active programs in these areas, as well as childhood developmental disorders such as autism.

Fullerton Group

Our Psychiatric Genetics group is interested in identifying and characterising genes which increase risk to mental illness, particularly bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Karl Group

The Karl Group is interested in understanding mental and neurodegenerative disorders such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Lenroot Group

The development of the human brain occurs through a marvelously orchestrated interplay of precisely timed genetic and environmental factors.

Schofield Group

The Schofield Group is interested in the genetics of mental illness and brain function.

Shannon Weickert Group

The Schizophrenia Research Laboratory (jointly supported by Neuroscience Research Australia, the Schizophrenia Research Institute and the University of New South Wales) endeavours to delineate the

Weickert Group

Schizophrenia is a debilitating disease characterized by cognitive impairment due to both general and regionally specific brain dysfunction, which may have genetic contributions.