Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute (SCMNI)

University of the Sunshine Coast

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The Sunshine Coast Mind & Neuroscience – Thompson Institute is a hub for world-class mental health research, teaching and clinical services. The Institute undertakes research for some of Australia's most pressing mental health issues, including dementia, suicide prevention, post-traumatic stress disorder and youth mental health. The Institute is committed to finding cures and preventions for these conditions through world-class onsite research and educating the next generation of doctors and researchers working in the field. The Institute uses a unique, integrated model of CARE: Clinics, Advocacy, Research and Education. This care model enables fast, efficient translation of research breakthrough into clinical practice. USC received an Excellence in Research for Australia performance rating of 5 for neuroscience, well above world standard, as an outcome of the Institute's research.

Website https://www.usc.edu.au/sunshine-coast-mind-neuroscience-thompson-institute

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Youth mental health: longitudinal study throughout adolescence
  • Suicide prevention research, trials and community-based interventions
  • Dementia: researching a multidisciplinary lifestyle intervention
  • PTSD: clinical trials of novel treatments and integrated care
  • Indigenous mental health: adapting a proven suicide prevention model
  • Fast translation of research breakthroughs through integrated model

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff

Address

12 Innovation Pkwy, Birtinya QLD 4575

Lead researchers

  • Professor Jim Lagopoulos—Use of neuroimaging and magnetic resonance imaging in mental health and dementia, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury.
  • Professor Daniel Hermens—First to describe sex-based differences in patterns of nervous system activity in ADHD

Achievements of the centre

Organisation type

  • University
  • University Research Centre

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