Monash receives $30 million to support vital Australian brain and mental health research

Monash University has received a $30 million philanthropic gift that will fund vital mental health research and preventative treatment initiatives to improve the lives of millions of Australians.

The generous gift from the David Winston Turner Endowment Fund will accelerate research by Monash’s Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health.

The Turner Institute is a world leader in research dedicated to preventative brain and mental health research, treatment and education.

The gift was announced today by Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC.

“This incredible gift will allow Monash to expand our world-leading research into brain and mental health, and translate this innovative work into preventative and treatment approaches,” Professor Gardner said.

Professor Gardner said the funding was in addition to $13 million in previous gifts, which enabled the University to launch the Turner Institute, bringing the total donated to Monash by the David Winston Turner Endowment Fund to $43 million since 2015.

An initial philanthropic gift of $5.25 million in 2015 has supported Turner Institute research into obsessive compulsive disorder and addiction. This funding also supported the establishment of the David Winston Turner Chair (held by Professor Murat Yücel), a postdoctoral Fellowship, PhD Scholarships, and large-scale research projects.

“We are deeply grateful to the trustees of the David Winston Turner Endowment Fund for facilitating these generous gifts, which have enabled us to advance brain and mental health research and improve outcomes for all Australians,” Professor Gardner said.

This latest gift will fund a ground-breaking study by the Turner Institute that will follow thousands of residents across all age groups in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs over a 10-year period, establishing a ‘living lab’ for preventing, monitoring and treating the signs of mental illness, dementia and other brain conditions.

Due to start in 2023, the longitudinal study will break new ground in sampling a whole population - not just those with a predefined condition - and will reimagine how we identify and treat mental health problems as the world continues to deal with COVID-19. A key focus will be inclusion across diverse ages, cultural backgrounds and genders, and the engagement of community and industry groups to realise this ambitious program.

Click here to read the full story.

About the Turner Institute

The Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health was established in 2015 by Monash University following a philanthropic gift from the David Winston Turner Endowment Fund, enabling ground-breaking research, training and treatment solutions for brain and mental health conditions.