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About the Centre

Our Mission


  • Provide students and post-doctoral fellows with un-paralleled scientific training and prepare them to be future pioneers in the field of neuropsychiatry, and

  • Conduct innovative multidisciplinary research that harnesses our core strengths in psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience and engineering, to improve understanding and treatment of mental disorders across the lifespan.

Our Vision

Our vision is that our research will contribute in a meaningful way to understanding and treating mental health problems, demonstrably improving outcomes now and for future generations

Our Values

We are committed to three principles:


We share knowledge with each other to facilitate learning and development, and to avoid ‘reinventing the wheel’.


We conduct our research with scientific rigour and in alignment with ethical principles.

We commit to “open science” principals.


We are committed to treating each other, from most senior to most junior, as valued colleagues.

We believe that our people are our most valuable asset, and we strive to recognise their dedication, expertise, and hard work.

We value and respect diversity of ideas and people.

We respect each other’s time.

Our History

Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre was established in 2004 with the appointment of Christos Pantelis as Foundation Professor in Neuropsychiatry at The University of Melbourne. Since that time, MNC has established its reputation as one of the most productive psychiatric research Centres in Australia. The team at MNC currently consists of both academic and professional staff. At any given time MNC supports over 50 individuals who work with the research streams at the Alan Gilbert Building as stipend funded PhD students, Masters and Honours students, and international research fellows. 

​From 2004 to 2021, MNC was directed by Christos Pantelis (Scientific Director) and Dennis Velakoulis (Clinical Director). In 2022, Ben Harrison and Sarah Whittle were appointed as co-Directors to build on the foundational work of Professors Pantelis and Velakoulis.

Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (MNC) is a joint centre of the University of Melbourne (Department of Psychiatry) and NorthWestern Mental Health (Royal Melbourne Hospital).


Report - 2012 to 2019

Report - 2007 to 2011

Report - to 2006

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