Grants: Funding boost for mental health research

Thursday, 30 November, 2017
Deborah Smith

Four UNSW psychologists have received more than $2.4 million in project grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council to develop better treatments, prevention and care for people facing mental health challenges.

In his latest funding announcement, Minister for Health Greg Hunt committed more than $53 million in NHMRC grants for 47 projects across Australia on medical and scientific research into mental health.

Dr Angela Nickerson will receive $1.0 million for a randomised controlled trial testing a phase-based intervention for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in refugees.

“Our novel intervention aims to improve the outcomes of existing best-practice interventions for PTSD, with the ultimate goal of reducing the debilitating burden of PTSD in traumatised refugees,” says Dr Nickerson, of the UNSW Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program.

Professor Gavan McNally will receive $559,428 for a study of the brain mechanisms involved in learned safety.

Scientia Professor Bernard Balleine will receive $508,371 for a study on the role of the orbitofrontal cortex in disorders of response inhibition.

Dr Nathan Holmes will receive $348,371 for a study modelling post-traumatic stress disorder in rats.

For the full list of UNSW grant recipients, please see the newsroom story.