Institute Scientist Recognised as NSW Young Tall Poppy

Institute scientist Dr Melissa Green has been recognised as a NSW Young Tall Poppy by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

One of eleven researchers recognised in NSW, Dr Green’s research focuses on the biological link between mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

The Young Tall Poppy Science Awards recognise the achievements of young Australian scientists for their contribution to research and communicating with the community.

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Spark of Genius 2011

The Institute’s signature gala black tie event, ‘Spark of Genius’ was held on 9 September at Sydney Town Hall to support the Schizophrenia Research Laboratory*.

Master of Ceremonies Gretel Killeen was thrilled to see so many people coming together in support of the illness, “With some contributing their minds, some contributing their dollars and some contributing their time,” she said.

Each of the 40 tables of guests were hosted by a Genius, all leaders in their fields ranging from the Arts, Media, Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Corporate and Academia.

Journalist Kerry O’Brien, actors Robyn Nevin and Barry Otto, author Thomas Keneally, retired High Court Judge The Hon. Michael Kirby, the guys from The Chaser, writer Anne Deveson, and NRL legend Nathan Hindmarsh were just some of the Genii at the event.

Click Here to see all the Genii that supported Spark of Genius.

The Institute thanks all of our Genii, our Principal Supporter Macquarie Group Foundation and major sponsors, The Ainsworth Family, Brookfield Multiplex, City of Sydney, Etihad, KPMG, Mulyan Wines, the Northside Group – Ramsay Health Care and Schweizer Kobras.

Thanks to the event supporters, donors and everyone that joined us on the night for an evening of fun and fundraising.

*The Schizophrenia Research Laboratory is a joint initiative of the Schizophrenia Research Institute, University of NSW, Neuroscience Research Australia, and the Macquarie Group Foundation. It is supported by NSW Health.

The Cause

In 2011 we dedicated the Spark of Genius event to the Schizophrenia Research Laboratory, headed by Professor Cyndi Shannon Weickert, the Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Schizophrenia Research.
Prof. Shannon Weickert (of ABC Australian Story fame) is driven by her own experience of growing up with a twin brother who developed schizophrenia. She is one of a handful of Neurodevelopmental biologists in the world who specialise in schizophrenia research. Her team of researchers have had many successes, most notably the commencement of the first clinical drug trial for the Schizophrenia Research Institute.

Using an existing hormone modulator, the trial aims to improve cognitive and memory function for people with schizophrenia, opening a possibility of further education and extended employment.

Principal Supporter

Government Supporter

Major Sponsors

The Ainsworth Family


Event Supporters

Back Light Productions

Christmas Card Fundraising

It’s almost that time of year again! Order your personalised Christmas Cards now and 40c from each card will go to the Schizophrenia Research Institute.

Early Bird Discounts – Order online by:
8 October for a 10% discount or
26 November for a 5% discount.

Click here to order now.

Jack Gibson Cup

Support Jack’s charity!

The mighty Roosters and the awesome Eels are playing for the Jack Gibson Cup on Friday 26 August at Parramatta Stadium.

The match is supporting the Schizophrenia Research Institute. Jack and Judy Gibson were founding members of the Schizophrenia Research Institute and you can show your support by donating to the Institute.

Click here to support Jack’s charity.

Donations over $5 have a chance to win a Roosters or Eels shirt!

R U OK? Day

The Schizophrenia Research Institute is supporting R U OK?Day on Thursday 15 September.

This national day of action aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.

On that day we want everyone across the country, from all backgrounds and walks of life, to ask family, friends and colleagues: “Are you OK?”.

Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feeling isolated or hopeless can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses, which can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.

It’s so simple. In the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.

To register or find out more visit R U Ok? Day

Running for Schizophrenia Research

Mathieu Verdurand

A mother, a researcher and a celebrity Ambassador make up the Schizophrenia Research Institute City2Surf team to fundraise for the Institute by running the 14 kilometre race on 14 August.

Each is showing their support for very different reasons.

Eva Urban is running for her daughter and her mother, who have both suffered schizophrenia. Mathieu Verdurand is an Institute researcher who is also a frequent fundraiser for our work. Ashleigh Francis, Miss World Australia 2010 has also joined the City2Surf team, continuing her support as an Institute Ambassador.

You can show you support by donating to the team and leave a message of encouragement, or if you are also taking part in the City2Surf then you can join the team too, Click here

Introducing New Institute Board Members








The Institute welcomes two new Board Members, Norbert Schweizer (left) and Chad Barton (right).

Norbert has had a long involvement with the Institute as a committee member and corporate supporter. A solicitor and the founding partner at Schweizer Kobras, Norbert has expertise in business law and a wide variety of legal work. He is passionate about the future of schizophrenia research and its potential impact on the life of his own family, as his son has schizophrenia.

Chad brings to the Institute a wealth of financial knowledge. Currently the chartered accountant and chief financial officer for Salmat, Chad previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer with Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), a HP company, in Australia and New Zealand as well as CFO for EDS’s Global Financial Services practice. Prior to this, Chad was Commercial Director with Singtel Optus Limited and CFO for SunSystems Australia and New Zealand. Chad has commercial and strategic expertise that will greatly benefit the Institute as it continues to grow and expand.

City2Surf Fundraising

Have you signed up for the City2Surf?
Make your run count, support the Institute!

Click on the Icon below, then choose “Start Fundraising, then you simply select the Schizophrenia research Institute as your charity to support.

You must have already registered with the City2Surf in order to sign up.

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