IMPACT – Prof Michael Berk
I am an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and am Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University and Barwon Health, where I head IMPACT, the Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation.
I am listed by Thompson Reuters as amongst the world’s most influential scientific minds (2015- 2019).
I hold grants from the National Institutes of Health (US), Simon Autism Foundation, NHMRC CRE and Project Grants, Beyondblue, ARC Hub and Stanley Medical Research Institute and was a lead investigator in a Collaborative Research Centre. I have generated $100M in total funding.
- Pubmed publications
- Google Scholar
- Expertscape: Psychiatry, Depression, Bipolar+disorder
My major interests are in the discovery and implementation of novel therapies.
Awards & Achievements
- Brain & Behaviour (NARSAD)
- Colvin Award for Mood Disorders in 2015
- Victoria Prize for Life Sciences in 2019
- International Society for Bipolar Disorders Bob Post award for mentorship in 2020
- RANZCP Senior Research Award in 2021
- Grande I, Berk M, Birmaher B, Vieta E. Bipolar disorder. Lancet. 2016; 9;387(10027):1561-72. An invited paper by the Lancet.
- Malhi, GS., and Berk M. "Is the safety of lithium no longer in the balance?." The Lancet 379.9817 2012; 690-692. Another invited paper by the Lancet.
- Berk M, Copolov DL, Dean O, Lu K, Jeavons S, et al. N-acetyl cysteine for depressive symptoms in bipolar disorder—a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial. Biological psychiatry 2008 64 (6), 468-475. This is the first clinical trial demonstrating the efficacy of N-Acetyl Cysteine in the treatment of bipolar depression. This finding has been independently replicated and features in current treatment guidelines.
- Berk M, Copolov D, Dean OM, Lu K, Jeavons S et al. N-acetyl cysteine as a glutathione precursor for schizophrenia—a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Biological psychiatry 2008 64 (5), 361-368. This is the first clinical trial suggesting the efficacy of N-Acetyl Cysteine in the treatment of schizophrenia. This finding has been independently replicated and validated by meta-analysis.
- M Berk, OM Dean, SM Cotton, S Jeavons, M Tanious, K Kohlmann, K Hewitt, K Moss, C Allwang, I Schapkaitz, J Robbins, H Cobb, F Ng, S Dodd, AI Bush, GS Malhi. The efficacy of adjunctive N-acetylcysteine in major depressive disorder: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. The Journal of clinical psychiatry 75 (6), 628-636. This is the first clinical trial suggesting the efficacy of N-Acetyl Cysteine in the treatment of depression. This finding has been independently replicated and validated by meta-analysis.
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