Early detection of neurodegenerative diseases and mental health conditions like schizophrenia is a step closer with the launch of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Mental Health.
The centre will receive more than $23 million in funding to focus on biomarkers for diagnosing the early onset of neurodegenerative diseases - including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases - and psychoses such as schizophrenia.
Minister for Innovation Senator Kim Carr highlighted the importance of the CRC for Mental Health.
“Nearly half of all Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives, and we know that mental illness impacts on individuals, their families and the community, at considerable personal, social and economic cost.
“Strong, cross-sector collaborations are critical in tackling major challenges. The CRC for Mental Health draws together world-class researchers and brings an integrated and collaborative approach to addressing mental health issues,” Senator Carr said.
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For more information on Australia’s CRCs visit www.crc.gov.au