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
A cytokine pathway in the control of inflammation and pain John Hamilton Medicine PhD students
A novel biomarker strategy to predict neurogenerative disease risk Samantha Loi Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
A validation study of verbal learning measures in a bipolar disorder sample Tamsyn Van Rheenen Psychiatry Honours students
An antibody that detects a high molecular weight surrogate ligand of calcitonin receptor is detected in malignant glioma cells and cell lines Peter J Wookey Medicine PhD students
An examination of emotional intelligence and emotional dysregulation in bipolar disorder Tamsyn Van Rheenen Psychiatry Honours students
Animal models of Brain Development assessed using histology Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research
Animal models of Brain Development assessed using MRI Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Anxiety and neurodegeneration in preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease Andrew Hua Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Artificial intelligence in ophthalmology: from data to algorithm and real-world application Mingguang He Surgery PhD students, Masters by Research
Artificial intelligence system to detect eye and cardiovascular diseases Mingguang He Surgery PhD students, Masters by Research
Brain development and the pathophysiology of psychosis Vanessa Cropley Psychiatry PhD students
Brain mapping: Brain atlases with multiple topographic features Andrew Zalesky Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Brain stimulation and clinical translation Andrew Zalesky Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Brain storming therapeutics for neurodegeneration with novel research models Brian Drew Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health PhD students, Honours students
Brainwave and Electrophysiological Biomarkers of Cognition Enhancing Drugs Chris French Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Can we Fix Dementia with Deep Brain Stimulation? Chris French Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Causes of Depressive Symptoms in Early Ageing Cassandra Szoeke Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Cerebellar grey and white matter changes in children with Autism spectrum disorders Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD students
Characterizing brain-body relationship with respect to biological aging in elderly population Ye Tian Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Cognition and brain connectivity in psychosis Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Cognitive training for behavioural and psychological symptoms in young onset dementia Alex Bahar-Fuchs Psychiatry Masters by Research
Comparing the mental health and social determinants of family members who have HD in their family Samantha Loi Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Computational neuroscience: Simulating brain dynamics and generative modelling of brain networks Andrew Zalesky Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Concussion Essentials: A clinical trial for reducing persisting symptoms after child concussion Vicki Anderson Paediatrics PhD students
Debilitating Symptom Complexes attributed to Ticks - neuroimaging Richard Kanaan Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research
Decoding neural mechanisms underpinning human cognition in health and disease using machine learning Ye Tian Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Development of a low cost, point-of-care diagnostic platform Patrick Kwan Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Development of regenerative therapy for photoreceptor losses using cellular reprogramming technology Raymond Wong Surgery PhD students, Masters by Research
Discovering genes for singing ability in Australian families Michael Hildebrand Medicine PhD students
EEG/ MEG network measures as a biomarker in pre-surgical planning for epilepsy patients Alan Lai Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Effects of Drugs on Cognition-Related Brain Wave Signals in the Rat Chris French Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Effects of Drugs on Cognition-Related Brain Wave Signals in the Rodents Chris French Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Electrophysiological Properties of Human Brain Neuronal Tissue Chris French Medicine PhD students
Evidence-Based Practice in the Management of Glaucoma Suspects Zhichao Wu Surgery PhD students
Exploring data from ENROLL-HD - an international observational study in Huntington’s disease Anita Goh Psychiatry Masters by Research
Exploring mosaic brain variants that cause focal epilepsies Michael Hildebrand Medicine PhD students
Exploring the genetic basis of brain alterations in schizophrenia Maria Di Biase Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research
Ferroptosis in Schizophrenia Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Finding a cure for a devastating form of epilepsy Christopher Reid Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Gene signatures of the ‘lymphaticome’ Dr Ramin Shayan
Tara Karnezis
Surgery PhD students, Masters by Research
Genetic Diagnosis of Children with Vascular Anomalies for a Therapeutic Clinical Drug Trial Michael Hildebrand Medicine Honours students
How do Anti-Epileptic Drugs Work? Chris French Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
How trauma shapes empathy and resilience in bipolar disorder Tamsyn Van Rheenen Psychiatry Honours students
Identifying state and trait components of sensory and motor disturbances across the schizophrenia spectrum Vanessa Cropley Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Imaging genetics in psychiatry Maria Di Biase Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Imaging life events in acute conversion disorder Richard Kanaan Psychiatry PhD students
Imaging the brain circuits required for new learning Simon Fisher Medicine Masters by Research, Honours students
Improve the diagnostic prediction of imaging measures in dementia and epilepsy Vijay Venkatraman Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Improved early diagnosis of eye diseases by integration of retinal photography and artificial intelligence to build an opportunistic screening service in metro, regional and remote primary care settings Mingguang He Surgery PhD students, Masters by Research
In vitro brain tumour model – studying epileptic seizure development and sensitivity to anti-cancer therapy Chris French Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Investigating biomarkers, clinical and cognitive symptoms in Huntington's disease and Alzheimer’s disease Anita Goh Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Investigating the electrophysiology of neuronal network dynamics Andre Peterson Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Is medication use related to cognitive variability? An examination of cross-diagnostic cognitive subgroups on the bipolar-schizophrenia spectrum Tamsyn Van Rheenen Psychiatry Honours students
Machine learning prediction of brain and body ageing Andrew Zalesky Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Mapping cerebellar connectivity in neurodevelopmental disorders Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD students
Markers in Neuropsychiatric Disorders (MiND) study Dennis Velakoulis Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Massively Parallel Optical Imaging of Cognition Events in Neuronal Networks in Freely Behaving Mice Chris French Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Modellling severe childhood epilepsy Snezana Maljevic Medicine Masters by Research
Multimodal imaging measures to improve dementia diagnosis Vijay Venkatraman Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Multinuclear MRI biomarkers in schizophrenia Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Network communication in the brain Andrew Zalesky Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Neural modelling of epileptic dynamics Andre Peterson Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Neurodevelopmental trajectories and biopsychosocial risk factors in autism and schizophrenia Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Olfactory-focused cognitive training Alex Bahar-Fuchs Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Pacemaker channels and brain excitability Christopher Reid Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Perceptual Disturbance in younger onset dementia Anita Goh Psychiatry Masters by Research
Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Cognition in Ageing Women Jesse Zanker Medicine PhD students
Precision diagnosis for the remaining 50% of unsolved developmental and epileptic encephalopathies Michael Hildebrand Medicine PhD students
Prefrontal cortex, sympathetic activity and blood pressure regulation Tye Dawood Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health Honours students
Role of the family environment in shaping children's brains and mental health Sarah Whittle Psychiatry Honours students
Satellite imaging technology to detect the early signs of glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease in the retina Peter van Wijngaarden Surgery PhD students
Socioeconomic status and sleep in late childhood Vanessa Cropley Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Sodium Channels in Epilepsy Chris French Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Stentrode: Tissue Response to Endovascular Stimulation Sam John Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Stroke assessment with multi-modal imaging Vijay Venkatraman Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Structural biology of proteins involved in mental illnesses Michael Parker Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Symptom comorbidity networks in psychiatry Vanessa Cropley Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Synthesising, dismantling and optimising cognitive interventions Amit Lampit Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Taking the “Guesswork” Out of Glaucoma Clinical Management with Novel Imaging Zhichao Wu Surgery PhD students
Targeting microglia in neurodegenerative diseases Michael Parker Medicine PhD students
The influence of sleep on brain development and psychopathology over adolescence Vanessa Cropley Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research
The neurobiology of anxiety across development and sex Sarah Whittle Psychiatry PhD students
The relationship between cognitive impairment seen in chronic mental illness and dementia - what can mortality information tell us? Samantha Loi Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
The role of microglial cells in epilepsy Nigel Jones Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Towards a patient-specific examination of epileptogenesis Mark Cook Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Ubiquitin Proteasome System in Schizophrenia Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Using Graph Theory and Neural Stem Cell Models to Understand Brain Network Resilience Maria Di Biase Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Using light to control brain activity Nigel Jones Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research
Using novel animal and stem cell models to investigate the role of genetic cardiac arrhythmia in sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Christopher Reid Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Utilizing technology to optimise ADHD care Dave Coghill Paediatrics Masters by Research
When might the brain go wrong: the role of immune cells at critical time-points during development Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research
White matter imaging in the aging brain Chris Steward Medicine PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
Younger-onset dementia - carer mental health and service use. Samantha Loi Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers