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 and Radiology PhD students
A framework for creating subject-specific mathematical brain models Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
A novel biomarker strategy to predict neurogenerative disease risk Samantha Loi Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Post Doctor Researchers
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 and Radiology PhD students, Honours students
Animal models of Brain Development assessed using histology Christos Pantelis Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
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 and Radiology
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
Brainwave and Electrophysiological Biomarkers of Cognition Enhancing Drugs Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Can we Fix Dementia with Deep Brain Stimulation? Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Causes of Depressive Symptoms in Early Ageing Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
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
Clinical, cognitive and biological correlates of early-life deprivation and threat in individuals with schizophrenia Vanessa Cropley Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Closed-loop bioelectrical neuromodulation control over bladder function Sophie Payne Medical Bionics Department 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, Honours students
Comparing the mental health and social determinants of family members who have HD in their family Samantha Loi Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Post Doctor Researchers
Concussion Essentials: A clinical trial for reducing persisting symptoms after child concussion Vicki Anderson Paediatrics PhD students
Control of prosthetic limbs from decoded brain signals Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
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
Defining and validating predictors of cerebral infarction using brain CT images Freda Werdiger Medicine and Radiology Honours students
Development of a low cost, point-of-care diagnostic platform Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Development of regenerative therapy for photoreceptor losses using cellular reprogramming technology Raymond Wong Surgery PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Does sugar really affect cognition? Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Domestic violence and cognition in Australian women – a twenty year follow-up study Andrew Hua Medicine and Radiology
EEG/ MEG network measures as a biomarker in pre-surgical planning for epilepsy patients Alan Lai Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Effects of Drugs on Cognition-Related Brain Wave Signals in the Rat Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Effects of Drugs on Cognition-Related Brain Wave Signals in the Rodents Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Electrophysiological Properties of Human Brain Neuronal Tissue Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Epileptic Seizure Forecasting Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Evaluating health outcomes of transgender children and adolescents Ken Pang Paediatrics
Evidence-Based Practice in the Management of Glaucoma Suspects Zhichao Wu Surgery PhD students
Excitatory-inhibitory imbalance on neural networks responsible for reward-based learning Jess Nithianantharajah Medicine and Radiology Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Exploring data from ENROLL-HD - an international observational study in Huntington’s disease Anita Goh Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Exploring the genetic basis of brain alterations in schizophrenia Maria Di Biase Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Fighting disease with electricity: Vagus nerve stimulation as a treatment of arthritis Sophie Payne Medical Bionics Department Honours students
Finding a cure for a devastating form of epilepsy Christopher Reid Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Gene signatures of the ‘lymphaticome’ Dr Ramin Shayan
Tara Karnezis
Surgery PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Genetic Architecture of an Adult Epilepsy Surgery Cohort: Functional Characterisation of Germline and Somatic Variation Michael Hildebrand Medicine and Radiology Honours students
How do Anti-Epileptic Drugs Work? Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Imaging life events in acute conversion disorder Richard Kanaan Psychiatry PhD students
Improve the diagnostic prediction of imaging measures in dementia and epilepsy Vijay Venkatraman Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science, 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
Improving stroke outcome through brain monitoring and electrical stimulation Carli Roulston Medical Bionics Department PhD students, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
In vitro brain tumour model – studying epileptic seizure development and sensitivity to anti-cancer therapy Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Investigating biomarkers, clinical and cognitive symptoms in Huntington's disease and Alzheimer’s disease Anita Goh Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Researchers
Investigating the electrophysiology of neuronal network dynamics Andre Peterson Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Investigation of systemic inflammation on symptoms, functional outcome and course of illness in psychotic disorders Vanessa Cropley Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Linking brain activity to behaviour: neural oscillations and cognition Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Machine learning and neural networks in dementia and younger onset dementia. Anita Goh Psychiatry Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
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, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Researchers
Massively Parallel Optical Imaging of Cognition Events in Neuronal Networks in Freely Behaving Mice Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Modellling severe childhood epilepsy Snezana Maljevic Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Models of Service delivery for YOD around the world - aged care, mental health, or disability services? Anita Goh Psychiatry Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Molecular and biochemical analysis of novel disease variants in neurodevelopmental disorders Jess Nithianantharajah Medicine and Radiology Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Morphometric analysis of a Dravet Syndrome mouse model. Kay Richards Medicine and Radiology Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Multimodal imaging measures to improve dementia diagnosis Vijay Venkatraman Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Researchers
Neural modelling of epileptic dynamics Andre Peterson Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Neuropsychological trajectories and Health outcomes across 20 years Kate Gregorevic Medicine and Radiology Honours students
Olfactory-focused cognitive training Alex Bahar-Fuchs Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Post Doctor Researchers
Pacemaker channels and brain excitability Christopher Reid Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Perceptual Disturbance in younger onset dementia Anita Goh Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Cognition in Ageing Women Jesse Zanker Medicine and Radiology PhD students, 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
Single pulse electrical stimulation for epilepsy monitoring and tuning of DBS therapy Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Smart wearable devices monitoring of intensive care patients Bernard Yan Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Sodium Channels in Epilepsy Chris French Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Stentrode: Tissue Response to Endovascular Stimulation Sam John Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Stroke assessment with multi-modal imaging Vijay Venkatraman Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Structural biology of proteins involved in mental illnesses Michael Parker Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Studying brain-behaviour relationships during adolescence Sarah Whittle Psychiatry Masters by Research, Honours students
Synthesising, dismantling and optimising cognitive interventions Amit Lampit Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, 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 and Radiology PhD students, Honours students
The effect of anxiety on cardiovascular risk in healthy ageing women Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology Honours students
The influence of sleep on brain development and psychopathology over adolescence Vanessa Cropley Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
The neurobiology of anxiety across development and sex Sarah Whittle 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, Honours students, Post Doctor Researchers
The role of microglial cells in epilepsy Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Towards a patient-specific examination of epileptogenesis Mark Cook Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Trying to stop Sudden Unexpected Death in EPilepsy (SUDEP) Christopher Reid Medicine and Radiology Honours students
Understanding the neural basis of decision-making under uncertainty Jess Nithianantharajah Medicine and Radiology Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Use of Risperidone in HD Anita Goh Psychiatry Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Use of tools to detect medication related problems in emergency departments Elizabeth Manias Psychiatry Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Using light to control brain activity Nigel Jones Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Utilizing technology to optimise ADHD care Dave Coghill Paediatrics Masters by Research, Honours students
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, Master of Biomedical Science
White matter imaging in the aging brain Chris Steward Medicine and Radiology PhD students, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Researchers
Younger-onset dementia - carer mental health and service use. Samantha Loi Psychiatry PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Post Doctor Researchers
‘No evidence of disease activity’ in assessing the risk of conversion to secondary progressive multiple sclerosis Sifat Sharmin Medicine and Radiology Master of Biomedical Science
“Glass Brain” 3D brain mapping in health and disease. Kay Richards Medicine and Radiology Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science