The extraordinary link between the gut and the brain

Date: Thursday 3 August 2017

Our gut and brain are linked by an expansive network of neurons, chemicals and hormones that provide feedback about our mood, whether we are hungry, or if we’ve ingested a disease-causing microbe. The relatively new appreciation of how gut health can affect our brains is leading to a shift within medicine, and specifically a shift towards maintaining and improving healthy gut bacteria. The “brain in your gut” provides us an emerging and remarkable glimpse into the enteric nervous system and its role in regulating brain development and behaviour.

In this seminar, we will look at how diet and nutrition can affect the treatment and prevention of mental disorders, the link between the gut bacteria and various disabilities, and digestive tract disorders.

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Melbourne Brain Symposium

Date: Thursday 13 October 2016

The Melbourne Brain Symposium 2016 took place on Thursday 13 October and featured an esteemed program of local and international speakers.

The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute, University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health share a proud history of hosting the annual Melbourne Brain Symposium.
In this, the fifth anniversary of our occupancy of the Kenneth Myer Building, we paid tribute to the remarkable breadth of neuroscience focused research happening here and internationally.

We owe a great deal of gratitude to our speakers, and would like to, formally thank Mu-ming Poo, Carolyn Sue, Matias Maturana, Linda Richards, Mark Cook and Read Montague for their contributions to what was an excellent scientific program.

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Ageing: Translating Biological Gerontology to Alzheimer's Therapy

Date: Tuesday 6 September 2016

Dr Howard Fillit, MD,  is a geriatrician and neuroscientist, who has led the ADDF since its founding. Dr. Fillit has held faculty positions at The Rockefeller University, the SUNY-Stony Brook School of Medicine and the Cornell University School of Medicine. In 1987, he joined the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he is a clinical professor of geriatric medicine and palliative care, medicine and neuroscience. Dr. Fillit also maintains a limited private practice in consultative geriatric medicine with a focus on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

He has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications and is the senior editor of Brocklehurst's Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. Dr. Fillit is the recipient of many awards and honors including the Rita Hayworth Award from the Alzheimer's Association. He is a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society, the American College of Physicians, the Gerontological Society of America and the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Fillit earned his bachelor of arts in neurobiology cum laude from Cornell University and his medical degree from the SUNY-Upstate Medical University.

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Is Proof Overrated?

Date: Monday 19 October 2015

The concept of scientific proof is an important one in a rational society, but what does ‘proof’ really mean and how does it inform public policy in practice?  Join Professor Peter Doherty, Associate Professor Megan Munsie, Dr Ranjana Srivastava, Professor Kate Auty, and Dr Sara Bice for a discussion of the role of research in the choices we make about everything from energy technologies, social equity, environmental policies to our use of medical breakthroughs and new communication technologies.

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Positive Psychology: What's the Hype?

Date: Tuesday 21 April 2015

The Centre for Positive Psychology has recently developed the +S3 model which extends Positive Psychology in Education to three levels of analysis: students, schools and systems. The group symposium showcases the innovative research methods used by the team at the Centre, such as mobile experience sampling, biodata, and big data system modelling, as well as our work with the undergraduate and postgraduate students at The University of Melbourne. These methods provide comprehensive insights which will guide the development of more refined well-being programs aimed at reducing the incidence of mental illness and promoting resilience in young Australians.

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Towards an Action Plan for a Cure for Dementia - World Dementia Envoy, Dr Dennis Gillings CBE

Date: 3 December 2014

A public lecture was presented by the Word Dementia Envoy, Dr. Dennis Gillings CBE in Melbourne Australia at the Peter Doherty Institute on the 3rd December 2014.

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Not all wounds are visible – Researching and treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Date: 22 July 2014

The impact of trauma on a person can have significant effects on their mental health. Three out of every four Australians will be exposed to a traumatic event in their lifetime, in the form of serious accidents or injuries, war, natural disasters or sexual and physical assault.

Traumatic events are common and most people will recover on their own, however some will develop long-lasting problems and need help to come to terms with what they’ve been through.

This is known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Cannabis - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Date: 11 June 2013

Depending on who you listen to, cannabis is either a relaxing, benign herb that not only will not hurt its users, but has some wide-ranging health benefits - or a toxic drug that can affect psychological development, even leading to psychosis.

But what is actually happening to the brain? What are the long-term health effects? How are cannabinoids helping with pain management? Should we decriminalize cannabis? And what are the costs to society?

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The Neuroscience of Consciousness

Date: 27 November 2012

Inaugural Melbourne Neuroscience Institute 2012 International Guest Keynote Lecturer - Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield. Stemming from a love of philosophy, Susan Greenfield’s research into consciousness looks to neuroscience for an answer to one of the greatest questions of all – how do we generate consciousness and an awareness of our own identity?

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