The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR) is focused on increasing our understanding of the brain and mind across the lifespan, in the absence and presence of disease. The Centre hosts three platforms for research: Preclinical Neurobiology, Psychological Processes and Mental Health.

The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR) is a cross-disciplinary group of leading researchers from diverse fields, united by a common goal: To understand (and modify) brain function and factors that influence mental health problems at the molecular, cellular, systems, behavioural, and social levels of analysis.

The brain is the body’s most complicated organ and understanding how it works under normal conditions, after injury, in disease, and during stress and ageing, underlies our capacity to treat brain disorders and mental health conditions. Bridging brain science with the study of social elements of health and illness is a key feature of CBMHR. Together, neurobiologists, psychologists, and mental health researchers using the most advanced techniques explore this brain-behaviour nexus.

CBMHR's three cornerstones are:

  1. foster inter-disciplinary research excellence;
  2. support, train, and promote the next research leaders; and
  3. engage the public via open forums.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.