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Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT)

IMPACT develops new and effective responses to mental and physical health for our community. We use cutting-edge approaches to translate our medical research from the laboratory to real-world solutions.

Our team of over 200 researchers has a shared aim to improve the quality of life of our global community. We work to develop innovative diagnostics, treatments and therapies for mental health conditions and chronic diseases.

IMPACT is unique in its transdisciplinary and collaborative structure. Our silo-free approach allows us to tackle the complex mental and physical disorders that are a significant burden of disease in Australia, and across the world.

Research Areas

Collaborating Organisations

For a full list of national and international collaborators, visit impact.deakin.edu.au

Research Team

Research Staff

Directors

Research Theme Leads

Research News

Research Grants

  • Department of Health and Human Services - Victoria - Data Analysis: Review of Food Standards in Victorian Public Hospitals and Aged Care Facilities: 2020-2020
  • Barwon Health - Targeting site specific improvements of clinical trial operational processes - Stephanie Cowdery: 2020-2020
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre - Targeting site specific improvements of clinical trial operational processes - Stephanie Cowdery: 2020-2020
  • Barwon Health - Targeting site specific improvements of clinical trial operational processes - Stephanie Cowdery: 2020-2020
  • NHMRC - Nutritional Psychiatry: extending the evidence and ensuring translation: 2021-2025
  • Roberts Family Foundation - Nutritional Psychiatry: extending the evidence and ensuring translation: 2020-2020
  • The Serp Hills Foundation - Nutritional Psychiatry: extending the evidence and ensuring translation: 2020-2020
  • The JTM Foundation - Nutritional Psychiatry: extending the evidence and ensuring translation: 2020-2020
  • Waterloo Foundation - Child Development - Healthy Parents Healthy Kids: Development of a dietary educational program for pregnant women: 2020-2022
  • Epworth Foundation - understanding the basis of the association between maternal carriage of Prevotella during pregnancy and protection against food allergy in the baby: 2020-2021
  • Western District Health Service - National Centre for Farmer Health research: 2020-2023
  • Australasian Society of Bipolar and Depressive Disorders - Development of Depression Assist (previously) Icare4depression, A Psychoeducation Website: 2019-2020
  • GMHBA - Depression Assist Partnership Project: 2020-2022
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade DFAST - Stronger Surveillance and Systems Support for Rapid Identification and Containment of Resurgent or Resistant Vector Borne Pathogens in Papua New Guinea (STRIVE PNG): 2020-2021
  • DHHS - The long-term physical and psychological consequences of COVID-19 infection: a comparative observational study in Regional Victoria: 2020-2021

Featured Publications

Can Depression Be Prevented? If So, How? [NOTE – Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Hoare E, Callaly E, Berk M. JAMA Psychiatry. 2020; June 24. Online ahead of print.       

Effect of aspirin vs placebo on the prevention of depression in older people. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Berk M, Woods RL, Nelson MR, Shah RC, Reid CM, Storey E, Fitzgerald S, Lockery JE, Wolfe R, Mohebbi M, et al. JAMA Psychiatry. 2020. June 3. Online ahead of print.

Gut microbiota composition during infancy and subsequent behavioural outcomes. Loughman A, Ponsonby A, O'Hely M, Symeonides C, Collier F, Tang MLK, Carlin J, Ranganathan S, Allen K, Pezic A, et al. EBioMedicine. 2020;52:102640.

Cited By

Effect of aspirin vs placebo on the prevention of depression in older people. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Berk M, Woods RL, Nelson MR, Shah RC, Reid CM, Storey E, Fitzgerald S, Lockery JE, Wolfe R, Mohebbi M, et al. JAMA Psychiatry. 2020

Gut microbiota composition during infancy and subsequent behavioural outcomes. Loughman A, Ponsonby A, O'Hely M, Symeonides C, Collier F, Tang MLK, Carlin J, Ranganathan S, Allen K, Pezic A, et al. EBioMedicine. 2020;52:102640.

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Clinical trials require ongoing investment and there are several ways to support this amazing work.

You can make a donation today and contribute to an item on our research wish list, consider a bequest in your will, or establish a lasting legacy fund in your name. No matter what size, your philanthropic support with deliver an immediate impact.

To donate now or for more information and further discuss your support, please contact the Barwon Health Foundation.

Wish List

  1. A donation of $1,000 - $5,000 can offer us a travel fellowship for our researchers to gain a global perspective and connections.
  2. A donation of $5,000 - $20,000 may provide a PhD scholarship for a student to explore a new field of research.
  3. A donation of $20,000 or more could support one of our diverse range of projects or contribute to the establishment of an endowed chair.

Last Modified: Monday, 03 May 2021

Research Lead

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Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk

Health & Education Research Building
Barwon Health & Deakin University, School of Medicine
PO Box 281, Geelong Vic 3220
[email protected] 

Related Links

impact.deakin.edu.au