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John Cade – the founder of Lithium treatment

John Cade was an Australian psychiatrist who discovered the effectiveness of lithium as a treatment for bipolar disorder in 1949. This discovery was a major breakthrough in the treatment of mental illness.

Dr Cade is an inspiring example of a researcher who was tenacious and clinically astute.

Visit Wikipedia for more information about John Cade’s life and work. The prestigious NHMRC John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research, which is funding the Cadence project, is named in his honour.

In this video Professor McGrath pays tribute to Dr Cade’s remarkable achievements.



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