Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Neurosciences research seeks to understand how the nervous system develops and functions, in health and disease, allowing us to experience and actively participate in our world. This includes a cross-disciplinary approach integrating pure and applied disciplines to improve the lives of people with psychiatric and neurodegenerative conditions. These programs are supported by an array of methodologies and platform technologies from biostatistics and epidemiology, to genomics and proteomics.

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Projects Supervisor(s) Department Research Opportunity
Nanoparticles and optical stimulation of neurons A/Prof Paul Stoddart
Dr Karina Needham
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
A brain based model of anxiety sensitivity in panic disorder A/Prof Chris Davey
A/Prof Ben Harrison
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
A brain model of disturbed self-appraisal in social anxiety disorder A/Prof Chris Davey
A/Prof Ben Harrison
Psychiatry PhD, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
A framework for creating subject-specific mathematical brain models Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
A neural systems model of fear dysregulation in anxiety disorders A/Prof Chris Davey
A/Prof Ben Harrison
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
A Pharmacogenomics study of the teratogenicity valproate based on the prospective Australian Register for Anti-epileptic Drugs in Pregnancy Professor Frank Vajda
Professor Terence O'Brien
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Acquired epilepsy in Alzheimer’s disease Patrick Kwan
Professor Patrick Kwan
Medicine and Radiology PhD
Acute management of traumatic central cord syndrome Dr Camila Battistuzzo
Dr Peter Batchelor
Medicine and Radiology Honours
Altruism in nature: an investigation of transmission-blocking immunity against malaria Prof Stephen Rogerson
A/Prof Siddhartha Mahanty
Medicine and Radiology Honours
An Economics Study of Specialized Radiology Practices Prof Patricia Desmond
Prof Roland Bammer
Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Antidepressants in epilepsy Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Anxiety and neurodegeneration in preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Dr Stephen Campbell
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
ARC Training Centre in Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies Prof Mark Cook
Dr Dean Freestone
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Are women with MS at an increased risk of cervical dysplasia and/or cancer? Dr Vilija Jokubaitis
Dr Anneke van der Walt
Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Arterial grafting for coronary artery revascularisation Professor Colin Royse Surgery Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Assessment of gene variants in differential response to anti-VEGF agents in AMD Prof Paul Baird Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Autoimmune Encephalitis- a clinical project. Which anti-epileptic is most effective in controlling autoimmune encephalitis associated seizures? Professor Terry O'Brien
Dr Mastura Monif
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Barriers to early epilepsy diagnosis and the impact of diagnostic delay Dr Piero Perruca
Dr Anne McIntosh
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Bioenergetics in the optic nerve Dr Peter van Wijngaarden Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Brain cells in a dish: strategies for novel therapeutics in the CDKL5 disorder Dr Nicole Van Bergen
Professor John Christodoulou
Paediatrics Honours
Bugs and Brains: The Gut and Mental Health Study Assoc. Prof. Sarah Whittle
Dr. Julian Simmons
Psychiatry PhD
Causes of Depressive Symptoms in Early Ageing Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Dr Melissa Coulson
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Clinical utility and cost-effectiveness of genomic sequencing for epilepsy Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Cognitive and emotional phenotypes of generalised epilepsies Dr Charles Malpas
Dr Genevieve Rayner
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
Control of prosthetic limbs from decoded brain signals Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Defining predictors of clinical and axonal outcomes after optic neuritis in patients at high risk of developing multiple sclerosis A/Prof Tomas Kalincik
Dr Anneke van der Walt
Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Development of a Brain-Machine-Interface Training Paradigm Thomas Oxley
Nicholas Opie
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Development of a low cost, point-of-care diagnostic platform Jianxiong Chan
Patrick Kwan
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Development of regenerative therapy for photoreceptor losses using cellular reprogramming technology Dr Raymond Wong Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Development of scaffolds for restoration of myotendous junctions A/Prof Robert Kapsa Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Dietary habits and mental health in females aged 16-29 years Prof Suzanne Garland
Prof John Wark
Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Does epilepsy cause a secondary cardiac channelopathy? Prof Terry O'Brien
Dr Kim Powell
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Does stress cause seizures? Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Does stress contribute to epilepsy? Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Early detection of cognitive decline and disease Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Dr Stephen Campbell
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
EEG/ MEG network measures as a biomarker in pre-surgical planning for epilepsy patients Dr Alan Lai
Dr Andre Peterson
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Electrophysiology of Human Brain Tissue Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Epileptic Seizure Forecasting Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Functional characterisation of a novel gene linked to autism spectrum disorder A/Professor Paul Lockhart
Dr Kiymet Bozaoglu
Paediatrics Honours
Functional disconnections and the pathophysiology of psychosis Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Gene signatures of the ‘lymphaticome’ Dr Ramin Shayan
Dr Tara Karnezis
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Genotype-Phenotype Correlations in Multiple Sclerosis Prof Helmut Butzkueven
Dr Vilija Jokubaitis
Medicine and Radiology PhD
Hearing loss and acidosis in the cochlea Dr Karina Needham Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Hearing protection in surgery Dr Hayden Eastwood
Prof Stephen O’Leary
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
How do cells overcome mitochondrial impairment in optic neuropathy? A/Prof Ian Trounce Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Identifying Predictors of Death in Patients with Epileptic and Psychogenic Seizures Dr. Anne Mcintosh
Professor Terence O'Brien
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Imagining Brain Development in the Childhood to Adolescence Transtions Study Dr. Julian Simmons
Assoc. Prof. Sarah Whittle
Psychiatry PhD
Improving methodologies and outcomes of cognitively-oriented treatments for older adults Amit Lampit
Alex Bahar-Fuchs
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Intensive continuous monitoring of motor function in acute stroke: development of a broadband-based wearable motion detector (STROKE WATCH 3) Professor Stephen Davis
A/Professor Bernard Yan
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Investigating molecular and physiological determinants of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy in acquired and genetic animal models of epilepsy Dr Pablo Casillas-Espinosa
Dr Kim Powell
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Is telomere length associated with cardiac dysfunction in chronic epilepsy Dr Kim Powell Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours
Lifestyle Factors and Cognitive Health Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Dr Helen Brown
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Lifestyle factors and effects on mood in elderly women Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Dr Stephen Campbell
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Long-term prognosis of antiepilpetic drug therapy in people with newly diagnosed and treated epilepsy Ben Chen
Patrick Kwan
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Longitudinal analysis of health outcomes in 16-29 year old females Prof Suzanne Garland
Prof John Wark
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
M2 Polarization of microglia as a new approach targeting temporal lobe epilepsy Prof. Terence O'Brien
Dr. Idrish Ali
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Management and prognosis of first seizure and newly diagnosed epilepsy Dr Ben Chen
Patrick Kwan
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Mechanisms and treatment of noise induced hearing loss Dr Hayden Eastwood
Prof Stephen O’Leary
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Microglial activation and neurological disease Professor Terry O'Brien
Dr Mastura Monif
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Monocytes in Multiple Sclerosis Professor Terry O'Brien
Dr Mastura Monif
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Monocytes, platelets and P2X7R: unravelling the immunological cascade in setting of acute stroke A/Prof Bruce Campbell
Dr Mastura Monif
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Multi-modal interrogation of the brain using functionalised carbon micro-yarns Dr Nick Apollo
Prof Mark Cook
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Myelin repair after traumatic brain injury in early life Dr Bridgette Semple Medicine and Radiology Honours
Neural modelling of epileptic dynamics Dr Andre Peterson Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Neurobiology of Suicide Thoughts and Behaviours in Youth with Mental Disorders Chris Davey
Lianne Schmaal
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Neurogenesis in epilepsy- protective or disruptive? Dr. Chris French
Dr. Idrish Ali
Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours
Neuroimaging and neuropathological biomarkers of social dysfunction after paediatric brain injury Dr Bridgette Semple Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours
Neuroimaging in schizophrenia/bipolar disorders Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen
Dr Vanessa Cropley
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Neuropharmacological strategies for disease modification and prevention of the development of epilepsy Prof Terence O'Brien
Pablo M. Casillas-Espinosa
Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours
NMDA receptor antagonists and cognitive dysfunction Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Non-Invasive Imaging of High-Flow Arteriovenous Intracranial Shunts Prof Patricia Desmond
Prof Roland Bammer
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Nutrient intake and mental health Professor Cassandra Szoeke
A/Professor Allison Hodge
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Personalised surgical rehearsal with virtual reality simulation to improve efficiency in the operating theatre Dr Sudanthi Wijewickrema
Prof Stephen O’Leary
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Phantom Development for Longitudinal Multi-Center Clinical Trials Prof Patricia Desmond
Prof Roland Bammer
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Pharmacogenomic studies in Multiple Sclerosis Prof Helmut Butzkueven
Dr Vilija Jokubaitis
Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours
Plasma biomarkers for epileptogenesis and epileptic seizures Prof. Terence O'Brien
Dr. Idrish Ali
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Precision therapy for multiple sclerosis A/Prof Tomas Kalincik Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research
Predictors and mechanisms of cutaneous adverse drug reactions: a multi-omic approach Alison Anderson
Patrick Kwan
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Prospective validation of acoustic speech analysis in progressive multiple sclerosis A/Prof Tomas Kalincik
Dr Anneke van der Walt
Medicine and Radiology PhD
Rapid point of care diagnosis of stroke: development of GFAP biomarkers Prof. Patrick Kwan
A/Professor Bernard Yan
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Risk and resilience in schizophrenia from the perspective of brain networks Dr Vanessa Cropley
Dr Andrew Zalesky
Psychiatry PhD
Role of specific interneuron types in cognitive behaviour Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Role of the Tumour Microenvironment in Gastric Cancer Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Satellite imaging technology to detect the early signs of glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease in the retina Dr Peter van Wijngaarden Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Serotonin in epilepsy Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Single pulse electrical stimulation for epilepsy monitoring and tuning of DBS therapy Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Social and physical activities in ageing women Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Dr Helen Brown
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Sodium Selenate as a Disease Modifying Treatment for Probable Behavioural Variant Fronto-temporal Dementia Professor Dennis Velakoulis
Professor Terence O'Brien
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Stargazin and AMPA receptor expression at cortical synapses in epileptic rats Dr Pablo Casillas-Espinosa
Dr Kim Powell
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Structural biology of proteins involved in mental illnesses Prof Michael Parker Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Testing a dynamic neural model of impaired medial prefrontal cortex function in youth depression A/Prof Chris Davey
A/Prof Ben Harrison
Psychiatry PhD, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
The contribution of P2X7R and microglial activation in the neurological deficits of temporal lobe epilepsy Professor Terry O'Brien
Dr Mastura Monif
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
The effect of anxiety on cardiovascular risk in healthy ageing women Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Dr Alicia Goodwill
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
The oxytocin system in sugar and alcohol intake Prof Andrew Lawrence
Dr Philip Ryan
Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
The role of microparticles in traumatic brain injury. Professor Terry O'Brien
Dr Mastura Monif
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Towards a patient-specific examination of epileptogenesis Prof Mark Cook
Dr Andre Peterson
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Transcriptome analysis in corneal disease Prof Paul Baird Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Understanding emotional information processing in bipolar disorder Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Understanding rab39b-mediated parkinson's disease A/Professor Paul Lockhart
Dr Kiymet Bozaoglu
Paediatrics Honours
Utilisation of CRISPR/Cas in models of eye disease A/Prof Alex Hewitt Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Virtual reality and surgery Dr Sudanthi Wijewickrema
Prof Stephen O’Leary
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Vitamin D status and multiple health outcomes in females aged 16-25 years participating in a randomized controlled trial Prof Suzanne Garland
Prof John Wark
Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Wearable devices for non-invasive, ambulatory seizure monitoring and prediction Terence O'Brien
Patrick Kwan
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
World-wide data-sharing to detect neurobiological alterations in MDD: the worldwide ENIGMA Major Depressive Disorder consortium Lianne Schmaal Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science