How does aging affect traumatic brain injury pathology and outcomes?

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor Sandy Shultz 99030268 Personal web page

Project Details

Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and morbidity. With the world’s population aging, the incidence of TBI in the elderly has doubled in the past twenty years. There is some evidence that elderly individuals suffering a TBI may have worse outcomes, however whether and why this is the case remains largely unknown. If age affects TBI pathophysiology this would be an important factor to consider when identifying appropriate treatment strategies. This project will therefore examine neuropathological and functional outcomes in young-adult, middle-aged, and elderly rats given a traumatic brain injury. To do this we will employ a fluid percussion model of traumatic brain injury and a range of advanced MRI, behavioral, cellular, and molecular methods.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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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Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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