Animal models of Brain Development assessed using MRI

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Department
Psychiatry
Location
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Christos Pantelis cpant@unimelb.edu.au
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Warda Taqdees Syeda warda.syeda@unimelb.edu.au

Summary A newly commenced Program Grant aims to map brain-structure-function relationships and molecular signatures across developmental stages in the mouse, as measured through novel neuroimaging techniques and microscopy. The aim of the current project is to model hippocampal structure in the mouse brain using a combination of structural and spectroscopy neuroimaging techniques, and to determine whether differences are present between age groups.

Project Details

The Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (MNC) is undertaking leading research in neuropsychiatric disorders, with an emphasis on longitudinal brain imaging studies to identify neurobiological risk and resilience markers of illness in humans. The work in humans has also led to the development of novel animal models examining neurodevelopment and maturation of both behaviour and cognition. A newly commenced Program Grant aims to map brain-structure-function relationships and molecular signatures across developmental stages in the mouse, as measured through novel neuroimaging techniques and microscopy. The aim of the current project is to model hippocampal structure in the mouse brain using a combination of structural and spectroscopy neuroimaging techniques, and to determine whether differences are present between age groups. It is expected that this research will be a first step in a larger set of studies aiming to integrate behavioural, cognitive and clinical information across both humans and animal studies.

The student will be responsible for conducting a literature review of the area, the development of the proposal and generation of specific study hypotheses, as well as the statistical analysis of animal (mouse) neuroimaging data obtained as part of the Program Grant initiative.



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department

Psychiatry

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre Research

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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