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Translational research that generates new knowledge about mental health to improve the lives of all people

QCMHR has nine research streams that work to create new knowledge about mental health. Our research spans the translational research continuum – taking mental health knowledge from the bench to the bedside, and into the community – to achieve our vision of reducing the impact of mental illness in our communities.

At the bench

Our Developmental Neurobiology and Psychiatric Genetics research streams tackle severe mental disorders through laboratory-based, basic science studies that are conducted in partnership with UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute. Research conducted by these groups seeks to understand:

  • how factors such as Vitamin D deficiency and maternal immune activation can change the way the brain develops and functions and heighten the risk of severe mental disorders, and
  • the role of genetics in the development of severe mental disorders like schizophrenia.
At the bedside and in the community

Our seven remaining research streams work in partnership with Queensland Health and its statewide Hospital Services, and UQ’s School of Public Health, to provide new knowledge about mental health that can be applied in clinical care and in the design and delivery of health and community services. Work in these streams aims to prevent the development of mental illness, promote mental wellbeing, optimise clinical care and treatment, and to equip government agencies, health services, policymakers, and the wider community to ensure equitable access to effective mental health services and support.

Specifically, research conducted by these groups seeks to understand:

  • the distribution and determinants of mental illness,
  • the burden of mental disorders and how services can be planned and delivered to reduce their impact
  • clinical trials of new treatments and interventions,
  • how to assess, treat and manage people with severe mental illness and offending behaviours,
  • how to best inform mental health service planning and track the performance of government mental health programs, and
  • how mental health policy can influence access to treatment, promote good mental health, and prevent the development of mental disorders.

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