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Schizophrenia is a debilitating disease characterized by cognitive impairment due to both general and regionally specific brain dysfunction which appears to have polygenic contributions. The Cognitive Neuronal Systems Unit of the Schizophrenia Research Laboratory uses functional brain imaging (fMRI), cognitive testing, and genetic analyses to define the relationship among cognitive impairment, genetic influences, and brain dysfunction in patients with schizophrenia. In the future, we will also use functional genetic polymorphisms to guide our research using brain stimulation techniques (rTMS and tDCS) and the novel application of existing medications as adjunctive therapy to antipsychotic treatment in order to reverse cognitive impairments in patients with schizophrenia.

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Research Fellow - Conjoint, NeuRA
Senior Research Fellow, School of Psychiatry, UNSW
T: +61 2 9399 1730
E: t.weickert@neura.edu.au

Dr Weickert received a BA in Biology from Kean University, USA and while at the Graduate School of the City University of New York (CUNY) where he received a MA and a MPhil in Psychology, his studies focused on Cognition. He was an Adjunct Lecturer in Psychology at Hunter College. He has received several undergraduate and graduate level academic and research awards. He received a PhD in Psychology from CUNY. His dissertation work on memory deficits in aging and Alzheimer's disease was conducted at the New York University Medical Center in Manhattan where he also worked as an assistant research scientist. He received an Intramural Research Training Award Fellowship to study cognitive deficits in schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD, USA. His research has resulted in over 30 peer reviewed publications, which appear in well-respected scientific journals. His first publication has generated over 250 citations. He is a co-author of chapters in two Psychiatry textbooks. He has been a research mentor to well over a dozen students. He is a member of many scientific organizations. He is an Associate Editor of Frontiers in schizophrenia and a reviewer of grant applications and manuscripts submitted to many scientific journals. He has presented his work at many national and international scientific meetings.

(CASSI) Clinical Trial of a Hormonal Modulator in Schizophrenia

Cognitive and Affective Symptoms in Schizophrenia Intervention (CASSI) Trial

Perceptual Category Judgement Study

The study was conducted by Dr Thomas Weickert, Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychiatry of the University of New South Wales, and Loretta Moore, a research assistant working at the Schizophrenia Re

Schizotypal Personality Traits and Striatal Function

This study looks at the relationship among probabilistic association learning (a type of non-conscious learning) schizotypal personality traits (involving odd behaviours and/or beliefs in some people)

tDCS Treatment for Auditory Hallucinations and Thinking Problems in Schizophrenia

The unique contribution of different brain regions to category learning remains unclear and represents a critical gap in our current knowledge base.

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Dr Tom Weickert
Research Fellow - Conjoint, NeuRA
Senior Research Fellow, School of Psychiatry, UNSW
T: +61 2 9399 1730
E: t.weickert@neura.edu.au
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Prof Stan Catts
Visiting Academic
T: +612 9399 1745
E: s.catts@uq.edu.au
Daniel Pellen's picture
Dr Daniel Pellen
Research Clinician, NeuRA
T: +612 9399 1683
E: d.pellen@neura.edu.au
Jochen Kindler's picture
Dr Jochen Kindler
International Research Fellow
T: +612 9399 1000
E: jochen.kindler@puk.unibe.ch
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Ruth Wells
Research Assistant
T: +612 9399 1683
E: r.wells@neura.edu.au
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Danielle Weinberg
Project Coordinator/Research Assistant
T: +612 9399 1878
E: d.weinberg@neura.edu.au
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Ellen Ji
PhD Student
T: +612 9399 1683
E: e.ji@neura.edu.au