Probus Visit

Recent Events: Probus Visit

On 20 November, QBI welcomed 21 visitors from the Kenmore Probus Group, an association for senior members of the community and those no longer working full-time.

The group (above) toured the facility, visiting the laboratories of Professor Jürgen Götz, Professor Pankaj Sah and Associate Professor Elizabeth Coulson, who each presented their research.

Probus committee member, Jack Greenwood, said it was a privilege to be able to visit the facilities at QBI.

“We were really impressed not only with the great building and research facilities, but by the large number of dynamic and knowledgeable young folk working on ground-breaking areas of research,” he said.

He said he believed the work at QBI would lead to real benefits for the well-being of people in general, including the elderly community.

“It is only with support from groups such as this that we will be able to continue with cutting-edge research, which has so much potential for social benefit,” Professor Bartlett said.

QBI’s community engagement team is hoping to host further groups for similar visits in 2013.


We are delighted to congratulate QBI’s Professor John McGrath on receiving the 2012 Founders Medal from the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR).

The medal is awarded annually to persons who, over their entire careers, have made a contribution of significance to psychiatric research.  

Professor McGrath says to be recognised for such a prestigious award is an honour.

“It’s fantastic to have recognition from my peers – research related to biological psychiatry is now flourishing in Australia and QBI is leading the way in many areas.”

QBI Director, Professor Perry Bartlett, says the recognition is testament to Professor McGrath’s outstanding commitment to and achievements in psychiatric research.

Professor McGrath has made significant advances in psychiatric research, in particular his work to generate and evaluate non-genetic risk factors for schizophrenia,” he said.

“In his time at QBI, he has supervised major systematic reviews of the incidence, prevalence and mortality of schizophrenia.”

The award was presented at the 2012 ASPR conference in Fremantle, Western Australia in December.

Recent Events: MND swim  

QBI’s researchers have taken a different approach to raising research funds. On Sunday 2 December 2012, more than 250 swimmers combined to swim 1 million metres to raise money to help people living with motor neuron disease (MND).

Held for the second consecutive year, the event called on a network of volunteers to take part in the event, raising more than $150,000 for The MND and Me Foundation Ltd.

Special congratulations go to QBI’s team members Sepideh Keshavarzi, Conor O’Leary, Florence Cotel, Julianne Harty and Andrew Thompson who raised $2,285, which will go directly to MND research at QBI.

We send our special thanks to The MND and Me Foundation for their ongoing support of the work at QBI.

Save the date: ANS Melbourne 3 – 6 February 2013

Australian Neuroscience Society (ANS) Annual Conference
This premier scientific meeting will incorporate four outstanding plenary lectures. Commencing on Sunday afternoon, the Overseas Plenary Lecture will be given by Professor Nancy Ip of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.