Neuroimaging in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
Dr Vanessa Cropley +61 3 8344 1876 Personal web page
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Christos Pantelis Personal web page

Project Details

The Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (MNC) is a joint centre of Melbourne Health (North Western Mental Health) and The University of Melbourne (Department of Psychiatry). Research at MNC focuses on improving our understanding of the neurobiological processes involved in disorders of the brain and mind.

Our group has established a data resource of structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) scans from neuropsychiatric populations including individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and non-psychiatric controls. The Psychosis and Developmental Neuropsychiatry Stream of MNC has on offer several PhD projects investigating the neurobiological and behavioural underpinnings of psychotic disorders. These projects will be developed by the student and may utilise brain imaging scans, clinical, cognitive and genetic data previously collected from on-going studies. Example projects include:

  • Investigating changes in the structural connectivity of grey and white matter structure in first-episode psychosis followed longitudinally over time
  • Characterising patterns of relationships between grey matter indices with clinical symptoms and cognitive abilities in first-episode psychosis using multivariate approaches

The student will be responsible for the development of the proposal and generation of study hypotheses, data pre-processing and cleaning and statistical analysis of brain imaging scans and associated clinical and/or genetic data. The student will be trained in the application of imaging analysis in neuropsychiatry.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research
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

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Honours application

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