2015 Sponsors

Student Symposium

The SOBR Network would like to thank the following organisations and institutes for their generous support:

The Brain & Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC)

The Centre’s mission is to undertake excellent basic and applied research in brain and psychological sciences in order to improve understanding of the human condition and contribute to the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

We have undertaken impactful research in:

  • advancing understanding of a range of mental health and cognitive disorders
  • the development, evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based treatments of mental health conditions, particularly through our e-therapy initiatives;
  • furthering understanding of brain functions and connectivity, and maintaining a world class neuroimaging facility;
  • extending knowledge of psychological factors impacting on chronic health conditions;
  • expanding understanding of normal and abnormal developmental processes, including understanding of parenting, attachment styles, cognitive and emotional development, perception, reading, and ageing;
  • informing policy in areas such as mental health services
  • advancing understanding of social connectedness, social attitudes and processes; and
  • advancing knowledge of the interface between human factors and technology.

Read about how BPsyC is helping epilepsy patients using Magnetoencephalography (MEG) to assist with diagnosis. 


SOBR would also like to thank the following:

  • Swinburne University of Technology; Centre of Human Psychopharmachology
  • The University of Melbourne; Neurosciences and Behavioral Sciences Research Domain
  • The University of Melbourne; Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience
  • Monash University; Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty
  • Melbourne Neuroscience Institute
  • Monash University; School of Biomedical Sciences
  • La Trobe University; School of Psychological Sciences
  • La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science
  • Australasian Neuroscience Society
  • The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)
  • Convergence Science Network

2015 Symposium Sponsors


Professional Development Dinner

The SOBR Network would like to thank the following organisations and institutes for their generous support:


Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI)

Funded by the Victorian Government and contributing institutions and hosted by the University of Melbourne, this petascale supercomputing facility delivers expertise and systems for life sciences computing, with a focus on bioinformatics, computational biology, cancer and microbial genomics and computational bio-imaging. VLSCI’s Life Sciences Computation Centre staff of over 20 computational biologists develop tools, share expertise and offer training directly to research teams engaging with VLSCI. They also work with the University of Queensland on the Australian Government funded (NeCTAR) Genomics Virtual Laboratory which is now being used around the world to deliver tools and training in bioinformatics to the research community. Academic and industry inquiries welcome via www.vlsci.org.au.


UoM Neurosciences and Behavioural Sciences Research Domain

Researchers within this Research Domain seek a basic understanding of how the nervous system develops and functions, making us human and allowing us to experience and actively participate in our world. They also seek to understand the aetiology of psychiatric and neurodegenerative conditions such as schizophrenia, drug addiction, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis and macular degeneration, as well as stroke, epilepsy, and spinal cord and brain injury, with the aim of developing better therapies and treatments.

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is a leader in neuroscience research with key personnel located within the Departments of Anatomy & Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Pathology, Psychological Sciences and Medicine (Austin and Northern Health and the Royal Melbourne and Western Hospitals). Strong collaborations exist across a number of institutions including: Bio21 Institute, the Florey Department of Neuroscience & Mental Health, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, National Stroke Research Institute, Brain Research Institute, Orygen Youth Health, affiliated teaching hospitals and many external organisations both within Australia and overseas.

Communication and collaboration between Neurosciences and the Psychological Sciences is encouraged and fostered through activities that provide networking opportunities and seminar programs bringing researchers together across the domain to learn about the latest research taking place in the field.
Our research in the Neurosciences and Behavioural Sciences uses the latest technologies in molecular and cell biology, bioinformatics, brain imaging and clinical studies.

Specific topics of national concern that are being addressed in this domain include: youth mental health and substance abuse and the challenge of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the ageing population. Researchers within the Neurosciences and Behavioural Sciences domain publish extensively, making their research results available to their peers in the scientific community. In this way, they contribute to the body of knowledge that drives translational medicine from the bench to the bedside. This research also contributes to greater support and quality of care for patients undergoing treatment, as well as informing public health policies of preventative medicine.

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SOBR would also like to thank the following:

Convergence Science NetworkDepartment of Anatomy and Neuroscience – University of Melbourne, Monash Biomedical Imaging,  Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Swinburne University Centre for Human Psychopharmacology,  Australasian Neuroscience SocietyMelbourne Neuroscience Institute, The Ritchie Centre, Latrobe School of Psychological Sciences, Latrobe Institute of Molecular Science, Swinburne University Brain and Psychological Sciences Research CentreThe Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Monash School of Psychological Sciences, & Melbourne Chapter of Society for Neuroscience.

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