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 framework for creating subject-specific mathematical brain models Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Acquired epilepsy in Alzheimer’s disease Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
An antibody that detects a high molecular weight surrogate ligand of calcitonin receptor is detected in malignant glioma cells and cell lines Peter Wookey Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours
Animal models of Brain Development assessed using MRI Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Anxiety and neurodegeneration in preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease Samantha Elder Medicine and Radiology Honours
Assessment of hippocampal subfields across development: associations with cognition and psychopathology Vanessa Cropley Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Brain development and the pathophysiology of psychosis Vanessa Cropley Psychiatry PhD
Causes of Depressive Symptoms in Early Ageing Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Closed-loop bioelectrical neuromodulation control over bladder function Sophie Payne Medical Bionics Department Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Cognition and brain connectivity in psychosis Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Cognitive training for behavioural and psychological symptoms in young onset dementia Alex Bahar-Fuchs Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours
Concussion Essentials: A clinical trial for reducing persisting symptoms after child concussion Vicki Anderson Paediatrics PhD
Control of prosthetic limbs from decoded brain signals Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Development of a low cost, point-of-care diagnostic platform Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Development of regenerative therapy for photoreceptor losses using cellular reprogramming technology Raymond Wong Surgery 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
Does sugar really affect cognition? Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Domestic violence and cognition in Australian women – a twenty year follow-up study Samantha Elder Medicine and Radiology Honours
EEG/ MEG network measures as a biomarker in pre-surgical planning for epilepsy patients Alan Lai Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Effects of Drugs on Cognition-Related Brain Wave Signals in the Rat Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Effects of gender-affirming hormone therapy Ada Cheung Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours, Post Doctor Research
Epileptic Seizure Forecasting Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Evaluate inflammatory response with microparticles in blood and urine Ben Gu Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Evaluating health outcomes of transgender children and adolescents Ken Pang Paediatrics PhD
Exploring predictors of the treatment resistant schizophrenia phenotype Tamsyn Van Rheenen Psychiatry Honours
Exploring the acute effects of sleeve gastrectomy on mental health Priya Sumithran Medicine and Radiology PhD
Finding a cure for a devastating form of epilepsy Christopher Reid Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Gamma oscillations in genetic mouse models of schizophrenia Matt Hudson Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Gene signatures of the ‘lymphaticome’ Dr Ramin Shayan
Tara Karnezis
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
How does the brain remove the excess number of neurons during development and aging Ben Gu Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Research
Improve the diagnostic prediction of imaging measures in dementia and epilepsy Vijay Venkatraman Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Research
Improving stroke outcome through brain monitoring and electrical stimulation Carli Roulston Medical Bionics Department PhD, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Improving the health and well-being of the trans and gender diverse community Ada Cheung Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours, Post Doctor Research
In vitro brain tumour model – studying epileptic seizure development and sensitivity to anti-cancer therapy Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Investigating the electrophysiology of neuronal network dynamics Andre Peterson Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Linking brain activity to behaviour: neural oscillations and cognition Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Modellling severe childhood epilepsy Snezana Maljevic Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Morphometric analysis of a Dravet Syndrome mouse model. Kay Richards Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Multimodal imaging measures to improve dementia diagnosis Vijay Venkatraman Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Research
Neural modelling of epileptic dynamics Andre Peterson Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Neuropsychological trajectories and Health outcomes across 20 years Alison Flehr Medicine and Radiology Honours
Non-invasive intracranial pressure Sam John Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours
Olfactory-focused cognitive training Alex Bahar-Fuchs Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Post Doctor Research
Pacemaker channels and brain excitability Christopher Reid Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a complex condition with poorly defined genetics and pathogenesis. This project utilises genetic and functional approaches to identify and understand genes contributing to PD. Paul Lockhart Paediatrics PhD
Pharmacological approaches to food craving Priya Sumithran Medicine and Radiology PhD
Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Cognition in Ageing Women Jarrod Kerris Medicine and Radiology Honours
Raising innate immunity to fight with severe infection Ben Gu Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Research
Satellite imaging technology to detect the early signs of glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease in the retina Peter van Wijngaarden Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Sex differences in infantile amnesia Jee Hyun Kim Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Single pulse electrical stimulation for epilepsy monitoring and tuning of DBS therapy Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Sodium Channels in Epilepsy Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Stentrode: Tissue Response to Endovascular Stimulation Sam John Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Stroke assessment with multi-modal imaging Vijay Venkatraman Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Research
Structural biology of proteins involved in mental illnesses Michael Parker Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Structure-based drug design of selective Drp1 inhibitors Jessica Holien Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Studying brain-behaviour relationships during adolescence Sarah Whittle Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours
The effect of anxiety on cardiovascular risk in healthy ageing women Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology Honours
The neurobiology of anxiety across development and sex Sarah Whittle PhD
The Role of Innate Phagocytosis in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease Ben Gu Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
The role of NMDA NR2B signalling in fear memory erasure in juvenile rats Jee Hyun Kim Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Towards a patient-specific examination of epileptogenesis Mark Cook Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Treating cognitive impairment in bipolar disorder Tamsyn Van Rheenen Psychiatry PhD
Trying to stop Sudden Unexpected Death in EPilepsy (SUDEP) Christopher Reid Medicine and Radiology Honours
Understand links between the brain, cognition and behaviour in psychiatric disorders on the mood-psychosis spectrum. Tamsyn Van Rheenen Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Understanding links between the brain, cognition and behaviour in psychiatric disorders on the mood-psychosis spectrum. Tamsyn Van Rheenen Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Understanding the molecular basis of canvas-a novel neurological disorder caused by an expanded repeat Paul Lockhart Paediatrics PhD
Using brain imaging to explore language development in infants Colette McKay Medical Bionics Department PhD
Using light to control brain activity Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Utilizing technology to optimise ADHD care Dave Coghill Paediatrics Masters by Research, Honours
Virtual reality and surgery Sudanthi Wijewickrema Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Virtual reality-based cognitive training in older adults at risk of dementia Alex Bahar-Fuchs Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours
White matter imaging in the aging brain Chris Steward Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Research
“Glass Brain” 3D brain mapping in health and disease. Kay Richards Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science