Budget 2005-06 - Support for brain and mind research

The Australian Government will provide the Foundation of the Brain and Mind Research Institute with $5 million in 2004-05 towards its goal of raising $12 million to fully fit-out the Institute’s building.

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10 May 2005
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The Australian Government will provide the Foundation of the Brain and Mind Research Institute with $5 million in 2004-05 towards its goal of raising $12 million to fully fit-out the Institute’s building.

The Brain and Mind Research Institute is located at Sydney University and brings together, for the first time in Australia, basic science and clinical researchers in mental health, neurology and the neurosciences.

Brain and mind disorders are amongst the most debilitating illnesses in our community. They include the illnesses associated with the degeneration of the brain in later life but, also include those mental disorders that typically commence in childhood or the teenage years.

The Brain and Mind Research Institute’s goal is to focus on interdisciplinary research in mental health and brain diseases, such as depression, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, stroke, and behavioural disorders due to substance abuse.

It further demonstrates the Australian Government’s continued support for health and medical research and builds on the $31.2 million Medical Research Infrastructure injection of funds initiative announced in the 2004-05 Federal Budget.

The Budget funding will contribute towards equipping the Brain and Mind Research Institute with the necessary infrastructure to carry out its research.

Media contact: Kate Miranda, 0417 425 227 (Minister Abbott's Office)