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Find An Expert

NeuRA has experts able to provide comment to the media on many areas of the brain and nervous system research.

For all media enquiries, including interviews with NeuRA researchers, please contact:

Liz Courtney, Head of Communications
P: +61 409 225 447
E: 
l.courtney@neura.edu.au

 

Ageing and Neurodegeneration

Prof Kaarin Anstey

  • Cognitive Function and Ageing
  • Ageing and Driver Safety
  • Dementia Risk Reduction

Prof Tony Broe AM

  • Geriatric medicine
  • Effects of ageing on the brain, including degenerative brain disorders
  • Healthy ageing in Indigenous Australians
  • The link between factors in early life and brain health in later life
  • Injury-induced dementia
  • Incidence, causes of dementia
  • Incidence, causes of dementia in Indigenous Australians
  • Diagnosis and incidence of Parkinson’s

Dr Bill Brooks

  • Genetics of early onset Alzheimer’s disease
  • Use of biomarkers to improve diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Genetics of frontotemporal dementia

Dr Claire Shepherd

  • Inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease
  • Changes in Brain Pathology in Parkinson’s
  • Manager of the Sydney Brain Bank

Dr Karen Mather

  • Genetics of Alzheimer’s
  • Social cognition and ageing
  • Understanding what makes a person a centenarian
  • Genetics and Epigenetics of longevity.

Dr Kylie Radford

  • Koori Growing Old Well study
  • Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Risk factors of dementia

 

Sensation, Movement, Balance and Falls

Prof Stephen Lord

  • Understanding how we maintain balance (sensory and motor contributions)
  • Behavioural and environmental factors that lead to poor balance
  • The causes, risk factors and preventions strategies of falls
  • Physiology and biomechanics of walking, standing, stepping
  • Falls risk in people with Parkinson’s
  • Falls risk after stroke

A/Prof Americo Migliaccio

  • Role of the vestibular system in balance (esp. the vestibulo-ocular reflex)
  • Rehabilitation after an injury to the vestibular organ
  • Vitamin C and recovery to balance

A/Prof James McAuley

  • Improving management of chronic pain (musculoskeletal conditions)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Early intervention to lower back pain

A/Prof Jane Butler

  • How the central nervous system controls muscles used in breathing
  • Role of the central nervous system in obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Improvement of breathing/coughing in people with high-level spinal cord injury

Prof Simon Gandevia

  • How the central nervous system controls muscles used in breathing
  • Role central nervous system control in muscle fatigue
  • Muscle performance and a decline in function after polio
  • The mechanical function of the upper airway in obstructive sleep apnoea
  • How the brain, central nervous system and muscles work together to create a sense of Bodily position in space, a sense of body ownership
  • Improvement of breathing/coughing in people with high-level spinal cord injury

A/Prof Janet Taylor

  • How the brain, as well as feedback from sensory receptors in the limbs, control muscle movement
  • Role of the nervous system in muscle fatigue and muscle weakness
  • Understanding the effects of sleep disruption in MS

Prof Danny Eckert

  • The mechanical function of the upper airway in obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Sleep function and its requirement to health
  • Studies of voluntary and involuntary control of human breathing

Prof Rob Herbert

  • Mechanisms of motor impairment
  • Changes in muscle architecture in children with cerebral palsy.

A/Prof Kim Delbaere

  • Understanding physical and cognitive decline in older people
  • Prevention of Falls
  • Relationship between physical and cognitive decline
  • Falls prediction

 

Brain Structure and Function

Prof Lindy (Caroline) Rae

  • Brain changes in adolescents after binge drinking
  • MRI and fMRI study and use
  • Biomarkers of obstructive sleep apnoea

Scientia Prof George Paxinos AO

  • Structure and function of the human brain and brainstem
  • Structure and function of animal brains and brainstems

Dr Lucette Cysique

  • HIV and mental health
  • HIV and dementia
  • Binge drinking and the adolescent brain

 

Mental Illness

Dr Jan Fullerton

  • Genetics of bipolar disorder
  • Genetics of schizophrenia
  • Rare variants which increase risk to bipolar

Prof Peter Schofield

  • Genetics of early onset Alzheimer’s disease
  • Use of biomarkers to improve diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Genetics of bipolar disorder (genes that increase susceptibility)
  • Genetics and mental illnesses
  • Genetics and degenerative brain disorders
  • Research and ethical issues for adult and embryonic stem cells

Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert

  • Brain development in children, adolescents with schizophrenia
  • Brain imaging & mapping
  • Genetics of schizophrenia
  • Causes and biomarkers of schizophrenia
  • Atypical brain development in schizophrenia
  • Role of hormones in schizophrenia
  • New treatments for schizophrenia

A/Prof Tom Weickert

  • New treatments for schizophrenia
  • Effects of antipsychotic medications on cognition
  • Biomarkers in healthy adults and siblings of people with schizoprenia

Dr Justine Gatt

  • Twin study of emotion, cognition and resilience
  • Biomarkers of mental health
  • Mental resilience

A/Prof Melissa Green

  • Brain structure in schizophrenia
  • Genetics of psychosis
  • Childhood trauma and relationship to future health
  • Intergenerational transmission of criminal behaviours

 

Neural Injury

Prof Lynne Bilston

  • Mechanics of how the body is injured in car crashes
  • Development of new car safety features
  • Mechanical function o the upper airway, especially in obstructive sleep apnoea
  • the mechanical function of the upper airway in obstructive sleep apnoea
  • mechanical properties of the spinal cord and mechanism of injury
  • paediatric spinal cord injury

A/Prof Julie Brown

  • How human, environmental and vehicle factors interact to cause injury
  • Development of new car safety features
  • Injury prevention policy

Prof Vaughan Macefield

  • Identifying cortical and subcortical sites involved in long-lasting muscle pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Identifying cortical and subcortical sites involved heart disease

Dr Ingvars Birznieks

  • Encoding of touch my receptors
  • Adaptation and aftereffects in perception of tactile motion
  • Restoring sensitivity in neuropathy
  • Mismatching of hand representation after stroke