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Rae Group - Professor Caroline (Lindy) Rae

My group is interested in the function of healthy brains, particularly from a biochemical point of view. There is much to learn about how brain biochemistry controls brain function and vice versa; these processes underlie everything our brain does and yet they are still very poorly understood. It is difficult to understand why a process goes wrong in a diseased brain if you don't understand what the process should be doing in a healthy brain! We are using interdisciplinary approaches, including use of magnetic resonance, to discover the answers to these vital questions.

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Professor of Brain Sciences, UNSW
Conjoint Senior Principal Scientist, NeuRA
Director (Medicine) EPICentre, UNSW
Director (Research) NeuRA Imaging
Honorary Associate, Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney
School of Medical Sciences, UNSW
T: +612 9399 1211
E: c.rae@neura.edu.au

Caroline Rae is a biochemist with a background in magnetic resonance and interdisciplinary brain research. She graduated with a PhD in biochemistry and NMR from The University of Sydney in 1993 and spent four years in Oxford, UK, as a Nuffield Medical Fellow where she pioneered the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy as a tool in cognitive brain research. In 2005 she was appointed to UNSW as a NewSouth Global Professor, one of only a handful of NHMRC R Douglas Wright Fellows subsequently appointed to chairs. She is currently director of the UNSW Node of the National Imaging Facility and holds a cross-disciplinary (STEAM) appointment in medical data visualisation as a Director of the UNSW Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre (EPICentre).

Binge drinking and the adolescent brain

Adolescence is a critical period for brain development, with active rewiring of circuitry necessary for successful development of “adult” adaptive patterns of behaviour, particularly the frontal lobe

Brain network discovery in medical research

Scientists discovered some time ago that they could use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to map brain activity when a person was repetitively performing a task, like looking at flashing lights or doin

New methods for analysis and visualisation of metabolic data

"Metabolomics" is the study of the small molecule "fingerprint" left by metabolic processes taking place in cells.

Novel brain biomarkers of neurobehavioural dysfunction in obstructive sleep apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder resulting in repetitive transient collapse of the upper airway with associated hypoxia and sleep fragmentation.

Regulation of brain energy metabolism by NAD and sirtuins

All cells require a constant supply of energy to survive, however the active and dynamic environment within the brain imposes not only a high basal energy requirement, but also vastly fluctuating ener

The brain in insomnia disorder

Insomnia is a common heterogeneous psychiatric and sleep disorder associated with increased cognitive and attentional hyperarousal.

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Prof Caroline (Lindy) Rae's picture
Professor Caroline (Lindy) Rae
Professor of Brain Sciences, UNSW
Conjoint Senior Principal Scientist, NeuRA
T: +612 9399 1211
E: c.rae@neura.edu.au
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Dr Michael Green
Senior Research Officer
NIF Facilitation Fellow
T: +612 9399 1086
E: m.green@neura.edu.au
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Dr Mark Schira
Senior Research Officer (Hon)
T: +612 9399 1131
E: m.schira@neura.edu.au
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Dr Sylvia Gustin
Senior Research Officer