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MICCN researcher Prof Murat Yucel awarded prestigious NHMRC Fellowship

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2 November 2016

Professor Murat Yücel of the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN) is the recipient of the only five-year National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellowship for psychology awarded nationally this year.

Having previously held a Senior Research Fellowship from the NHMRC, Professor Murat Yücel again joins the best-of-the-best research leaders nationally, with NHMRC support to deliver a transformational health research program and enhance Australia's research capacity.

Over the past decade, Professor Yücel and his team have been at the forefront of the neuroscience of reward, fear and self-control that has reshaped how addiction is understood.

Professor Yücel’s fellowship now moves to pair that knowledge with recent technological advances in measuring and modulating brain circuitry and function that hold therapeutic promise.

The fellowship enables him to continue his ground-breaking research - addressing the fact that current treatments for addiction only reach a minority of those who need it, and continue to yield low compliance and high relapse rates.

He will lead the development of new addiction therapies and new approaches to diagnostic assessment, and ensure that these advances are integrated into practice.

Professor Yücel said, “I am honoured to have been awarded this grant from the NHMRC, which will enable us to continue our high quality research into addiction here at MICCN. The biggest reward from this is our enhanced ability to translate this extremely valuable research into real life solutions, which will assist the wider community in helping to manage addiction issues.”

Professor Yücel leads the MICCN Addiction Integrated Research Program, which incorporates his fellowship vision to integrate neuroscience knowledge with clinical practice to achieve impactful outcomes in addiction science and treatment.

MICCN congratulates Professor Yücel on the award of his Principal Research Fellowship.

For more information on his leading research, contact Professor Murat Yücel on

t: 03 9902 9765, e: murat.yucel@monash.edu.

A list of all grant recipients is available on the NHMRC website: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants-funding/outcomes-funding-rounds.

For more information on NHMRC grants, visit: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants-funding/apply-funding/research-fellowships.

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