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 framework for creating subject-specific mathematical brain models Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
A study of the extracellular vesicles in glioblastoma tissue Laura Vella Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Acquired epilepsy in Alzheimer’s disease Patrick Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Adolescent2Emerging Adult Development Study Sarah Whittle
Julian Simmons
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Advanced MRI in multiple sclerosis Scott Kolbe
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
Alcohol and striatal adaptation Andrew Lawrence Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Altered functional and phenotypic characteristics following treatment of age-related macular degeneration Ben J. Gu Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Alzheimer’s diseases modelling with human cerebral organoids Alice Pebay
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Anxiety and neurodegeneration in preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease Cassandra Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
ARC Training Centre in Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies Mark Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Association between Serum Levels of Vitamin D and the Risk of Post-Stroke Tissa Wijeratne Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
Barriers to early epilepsy diagnosis and the impact of diagnostic delay Anne McIntosh Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Bioenergetics in the optic nerve Peter van Wijngaarden Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Biomarkers for sports concussion Sandy Shultz Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Biomarkers in younger onset neurocognitive disorders Dennis Velakoulis
Mark Walterfang
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Biophenotypes for Personalised Psychiatry Bernhard Baune
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Brain cells in a dish: strategies for novel therapeutics in the CDKL5 disorder Dr Nicole Van Bergen
Professor John Christodoulou
Paediatrics Honours
Circulating microparticles in neurodegenerative diseases Ben J Gu
James S. Wiley
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Clinical utility and cost-effectiveness of genomic sequencing for epilepsy Patrick Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Cocaine and amphetamine regulated transcript in alcohol seeking Andrew Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Cognitive impairment and its interference with Activities of Daily Living Julian Sacre Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Context-induced relapse to alcohol-seeking after voluntary abstinence Andrew Lawrence
Erin Campbell
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Control of prosthetic limbs from decoded brain signals Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Development and characterisation of an animal model of neurological heterotopic ossification Rhys Brady Medicine and Radiology Honours
Development of a low cost, point-of-care diagnostic platform Patrick 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
Development of scaffolds for restoration of myotendous junctions A/Prof Robert Kapsa Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Diet induced obesity: is it an addiction? Andrew Lawrence Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Disease mechanisms in a novel mouse model of progressive myoclonus epilepsy Snezana Maljevic Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Disentangling the predictors of depressive symptomatology in multiple sclerosis Tomas Kalincik Medicine and Radiology PhD
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
Early detection of cognitive decline and disease 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 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
Epileptic Seizure Forecasting Dean Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Evaluating health outcomes of transgender children and adolescents Ken Pang
Michelle Tollit
Psychiatry PhD
Evaluating sodium selenate as a new therapy to prevent post-stroke epilepsy and associated neurological impairments Pablo Casillas-Espinosa Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
Examination of brain structure in schizophrenia subgroups stratified by hallucination types Vanessa Cropley
Tamsyn Van Rheenen
Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Examining brain structure in first-episode mania Tamsyn Van Rheenen
Vanessa Cropley
Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Examining modifiable risk factors for bipolar disorder: focus on cigarette smoking and the brain Vanessa Cropley
Tamsyn Van Rheenen
Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Examining neuropsychological trajectories using data collected from a longitudinal study Alex Gorelik Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Exploring data from ENROLL-HD - an international observational study in Huntington’s disease Anita Goh
Anita Goh
Psychiatry Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Exploring the needs, attitudes, barriers and enablers in the general population, in people at increased risk of dementia and in health care professionals (other than General Practitions to take up, adhere and promote dementia risk reduction behaviour Nicola Lautenschlager Medicine and Radiology PhD
Factors affecting anxiety disorders in adolescence: social isolation, exercise, and neurogenesis Jee Hyun Kim Medicine and Radiology Honours
Finding a cure for a devastating form of epilepsy Christopher Reid Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Functional studies of sodium channel mutations contributing to severe childhood epilepsy Geza Berecki Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours
Functional characterisation of a novel gene linked to autism spectrum disorder A/Professor Paul Lockhart
Dr Kiymet Bozaoglu
Paediatrics Honours
Functional characterization of epilepsy-causing mutations Snezana Maljevic Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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
Dr Tara Karnezis
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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
High Dose Vitamin D and Post-Stroke Outcomes: A Randomized Controlled Trial Tissa Wijeratne Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
How does aging affect traumatic brain injury pathology and outcomes? Sandy Shultz Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Identifying germline and somatic mutations that cause brain malformations and epilepsy Michael Medicine and Radiology Honours
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
Inflammatory markers and cognitive function in schizophrenia Vanessa Cropley
Tamsyn Van Rheenen
Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Inter-relationship of stated diet adherence and biometric/physical activity trajectories in multiple sclerosis Steve Simpson, Jr. Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Inter-relationship of stated diet adherence and depression and quality of life in multiple sclerosis Steve Simpson, Jr. Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Inter-relationship of stated diet adherence and relapse, disability, and fatigue in multiple sclerosis Steve Simpson, Jr. Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Investigating Alcohol-Related Dementia Andrew Lawrence Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Investigating microglia as effectors of supragranular cortical thinning in first-episode psychosis Vanessa Cropley
Tamsyn Van Rheenen
Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Investigating the effects of GM-CSF and M-CSF derived human macrophages on phagocytosing P. falciparum infected erythrocytes and cytokine production Adrian Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Investigating whether mild traumatic brain injuries cause neurodegenerative disease Sandy Shultz Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Latent inhibition during adolescence Jee Hyun Kim Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, 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
Long-term Prognosis of Antiepilpetic Drug Therapy in People with Newly Diagnosed and Treated Epilepsy Patrick Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Longitudinal predictors & characteristics of diet engagement in multiple sclerosis Steve Simpson, Jr. Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Longitudinal predictors & characteristics of OMS engagement in multiple sclerosis Steve Simpson, Jr. Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Longitudinal predictors of cognitive performance in bipolar disorder Tamsyn Van Rheenen
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research
Longitudinal trajectories of medication use and relationship with clinical features in multiple sclerosis Steve Simpson, Jr.
Tracey Weiland
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Longitudinal trajectories of smoking, alcohol and other health behaviours and relationship with clinical features in multiple sclerosis Steve Simpson, Jr. Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Longitudinal trajectory of medical comorbidities & relationship with clinical outcomes Steve Simpson, Jr. Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Management and prognosis of first seizure and newly diagnosed epilepsy Patrick Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Measuring whole brain activity during behaviour Lucy Palmer 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
Mechanisms of anxiety risk across development and sex Sarah Whittle
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Mechanisms of voltage-gated sodium channel inhibition by phrixotoxin Geza Berecki Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours
Meta-cognition training in older adults with subjective cognitive decline Alex Bahar-Fuchs
Nicola Lautenschlager
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Methodological quality and evidence synthesis in cognitive interventions for the prevention of dementia in older adults Alex Bahar-Fuchs
Amit Lampit
Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Multi-modal interrogation of the brain using functionalised carbon micro-yarns Nick Apollo Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Multiphoton imaging of induced pluripotent stem cell-derived brainoids Snezana Maljevic Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Muscarinic Receptor Deficits in Schizophrenia Richard Kanaan
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Neural modelling of epileptic dynamics Dr Andre Peterson Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Neuroimaging in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders Vanessa Cropley
Christos Pantelis
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research
Neurological soft signs and neurodevelopment in schizophrenia and their unaffected first-degree relatives Vanessa Cropley
Andrew Zalesky
Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Neuropathological MRI: informing in-vivo brain imaging with ultra-high resolution MRI and histology Scott Kolbe Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
Neuropharmacological strategies for disease modification and prevention of the development of epilepsy. Pablo Casillas-Espinosa Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours
Olfactory-focused cognitive training Alex Bahar-Fuchs
Nicola Lautenschlager
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Optical assessment of neuronal networks' function Timothy Karle Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Pacemaker channels and brain excitability Christopher Reid Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Personalised Clinical Trials in Psychiatry Bernhard Baune
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
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
Plasma biomarkers for epileptogenesis and epileptic seizures Idrish Ali Medicine and Radiology Honours
Predictors and mechanisms of cutaneous adverse drug reactions: a multi-omic approach Patrick Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Prospective relationship of diet and relapse, disability & fatigue in multiple sclerosis Steve Simpson, Jr. Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours
Prospective relationship of mastery & depression and quality of life in multiple sclerosis Steve Simpson, Jr. Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Prospective relationship of mastery & relapse, disability and fatigue in multiple sclerosis Steve Simpson, Jr.
Tracey Weiland
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Prospective relationship of physical activity/BMI and relapse, disability, and fatigue in multiple sclerosis Steve Simpson, Jr.
Tracey Weiland
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Psychiatric Biomarker and Pharmacogenomics Bernhard Baune
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Psychological distress associated with gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with anorexia nervosa Simon Knowles
Lara McCartney
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Refining the comprehensive geriatric assessment Kwang Lim Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Relationship of mastery trajectory and change in health behaviours in multiple sclerosis Steve Simpson, Jr. Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
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
Search early diagnosis biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease Ben J Gu Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Simultaneous physical and cognitive exercise in older adults Amit Lampit
Nicola Lautenschlager
Psychiatry 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
Sodium Channels in Epilepsy Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Speech biometrics in Multiple Sclerosis Adam Vogel Medicine and Radiology PhD
Stroke Biomarker Study; Role of Infections and Ischemic Stroke Tissa Wijeratne Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
Structural biology of proteins involved in mental illnesses Prof Michael Parker Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Test-retest and practice effects in common cognitive measures in older adults with and without cognitive impairment Alex Bahar-Fuchs Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
The central amygdala endogenous opioid system in salt appetite Andrew Lawrence Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
The effect of anxiety on cardiovascular risk in healthy ageing women Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
The human microbiome in gut, oral and mental health Julian G Simmons
Psychiatry PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
The modulation of sensory perception by the prefrontal cortex Lucy Palmer Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
The neural basis of learning Lucy Palmer Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
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 Prof Mark Cook Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Treatment Gap in People with Newly Diagnosed Epilepsy in Australia Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Trying to stop Sudden Unexpected Death in EPilepsy (SUDEP) Christopher Reid Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Uncovering the role of extracellular vesicles in Frontotemporal Dementia Laura Vella
Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Understanding neurotransmitter system dysfunction in schizophrenia Andrea Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Understanding rab39b-mediated parkinson's disease A/Professor Paul Lockhart
Dr Kiymet Bozaoglu
Paediatrics Honours
Validation of diet engagement against dietary intake in multiple sclerosis Steve Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours
Virtual reality and surgery Dr Sudanthi Wijewickrema
Prof Stephen O’Leary
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Wearable devices for non-invasive, ambulatory seizure monitoring and prediction Patrick Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science