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Find An Expert

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

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

Chelsea Hunter, Science Communicator
P: +61 0403 860 588
E: c.hunter@neura.edu.au

Ageing
Prof Tony Broe

  • geriatric medicine
  • effects of ageing on the brain, including degenerative brain disorders
  • healthy ageing in Indigenous Australians
  • link between factors in early life and brain health in later life

Dr Penelope McNulty

  • measuring and preventing weakness and frailty in older people

Assoc Prof Olivier Piguet

  • changes in cognition, outlook on life, emotional responses with age

Alzheimer’s disease

Dr Bill Brooks

  • genetics of early onset Alzheimer’s disease
  • use of biomarkers to improve diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease

Prof Glenda Halliday

  • brain pathology (protein abnormalities) in Alzheimer’s disease
  • genetics of Alzheimer’s disease
  • inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease

Assoc Prof Tim Karl

  • therapeutic potential of the endocannabinoid system in Alzheimer’s disease

Assoc Prof John Kwok

  • brain pathology in Alzheimer’s disease
  • genetics of Alzheimer’s disease

Assoc Prof Olivier Piguet

  • changes in cognition (thought processes) in Alzheimer’s disease

Prof Peter Schofield

  • genetics of early onset Alzheimer’s disease
  • use of biomarkers to improve diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease

Dr Claire Shepherd

  • inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease

Autism

Prof Rhoshel Lenroot

  • brain development in autistic children and adolescents

Balance

Assoc Prof Richard Fitzpatrick

  • role of sensory, neural and muscular processes in balance and vertigo

Prof Stephen Lord

  • understanding how we maintain balance (sensory and motor contributions)
  • behavioural and environmental factors that lead to poor balance

Dr Americo Migliaccio

  • role of the vestibular system in balance (esp. the vestibulo-ocular reflex)
  • rehabilitation after injury to the vestibular organ

Binge drinking

Prof Lindy (Caroline) Rae

  • brain changes in adolescents after binge drinking

Bipolar disorder

Dr Jan Fullerton

  • genetics of bipolar disorder (genes that increase susceptibility)

Prof Peter Schofield

  • genetics of bipolar disorder (genes that increase susceptibility)

Brain development

Prof Rhoshel Lenroot

  • brain development in childhood and adolescence
  • sex differences in brain development
  • atypical brain development (autism, conduct disorder, schizophrenia)
  • influence of genetic and environmental factors on brain development

Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert

  • brain development in children, adolescents with schizophrenia
  • Brain imaging & mapping

Prof Lindy (Caroline) Rae

  • MRI, fMRI – uses

Prof George Paxinos

  • structure of the brain in humans and animals

Brain injury

Prof Tony Broe

  • injury-induced dementia

Car safety

Prof Lynne Bilston

  • mechanics of how the body is injured in car crashes
  • development of new car safety features

Dr Julie Brown

  • how human, environmental and vehicle factors interact to cause injury
  • development of new car safety features
  • injury prevention policy

Chronic pain

Dr James McAuley

  • improving management of chronic pain (musculoskeletal conditions)
  • complex regional pain syndrome

Prof Lynne Bilston

  • mechanical function of upper airway, especially in obstructive sleep apnoea

Assoc Prof Jane Butler

  • how the central nervous system controls muscles used in breathing

Prof Simon Gandevia

  • how the central nervous system controls muscles used in breathing

Dementia

Prof Tony Broe

  • incidence, causes of dementia
  • incidence, causes of dementia in Indigenous Australians

Prof Glenda Halliday

  • dementia with lewy bodies

Prof Peter Schofield

  • genetics of dementia

Falls

Prof Stephen Lord

  • causes
  • risk factors
  • prevention strategies

Frontotemporal dementia

Dr Bill Brooks

  • genetics of frontotemporal dementia

Prof John Hodges

  • symptoms
  • diagnosis
  • disease mechanisms
  • impact on families

Assoc Prof John Kwok

  • genetics
  • brain pathology

Assoc Prof Olivier Piguet

  • changes in brain structure and function
  • changes in emotional response, memory, complex thinking abilities
  • improving detection and diagnosis

Prof Glenda Halliday

  • brain pathology, cellular changes
  • identifying protein biomarkers in the blood (for diagnosis)

Genetics

Prof Peter Schofield

  • genetics and mental illnesses
  • genetics and degenerative brain disorders

Dr Jan Fullerton

  • genetics of bipolar disorder (genes that increase susceptibility)

Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert

  • genetics of schizophrenia

Assoc Prof John Kwok

  • genetics of frontotemporal dementia
  • interaction of genes and environmental factors in Parkinson’s disease

Dr Bill Brooks

  • genetics of frontotemporal dementia

Memory

Dr Muireann Irish

  • brain regions involved in memory
  • memory impairment in dementia

Motor neurone disease

Prof John Hodges

  • changes in cognition in MND

Assoc Prof John Kwok

  • genetics
  • brain pathology

Movement

Assoc Prof Richard Fitzpatrick

  • sensory, neural and muscular processes that allow for motor control and posture

Prof Simon Gandevia

  • role central nervous system control in muscle fatigue
  • muscle performance and decline in function after polio

Prof Stephen Lord

  • physiology and biomechanics of walking, standing, stepping

Assoc Prof Janet Taylor

  • how the brain, as well as feedback from sensory receptors in the limbs, controls muscle movement
  • role of the nervous system in muscle fatigue and muscle weakness

Obstructive sleep apnoea

Assoc Prof Danny Eckert

  • mechanical function of upper airway in obstructive sleep apnoea

Prof Lynne Bilston

  • mechanical function of upper airway in obstructive sleep apnoea

Assoc Prof Jane Butler

  • role of central nervous system in obstructive sleep apnoea

Prof Simon Gandevia

  • mechanical function of upper airway in obstructive sleep apnoea

Parkinson’s disease

Prof Tony Broe

  • diagnosis
  • incidence

Assoc Prof John Kwok

  • genetics
  • interaction of genes and environmental factors in Parkinson’s

Prof Stephen Lord

  • falls risk in people with Parkinson’s

Proprioception

Prof Simon Gandevia

  • how the brain, central nervous system and muscles work together to create a sense of bodily position in space, a sense of body ownership

Schizophrenia

Dr Jan Fullerton

  • genetics of schizophrenia (susceptibility genes)

Prof Rhoshel Lenroot

  • atypical brain development in schizophrenia

Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert

  • causes
  • biomarkers of the disease
  • genetics of schizophrenia (susceptibility genes)
  • atypical brain development in schizophrenia
  • role of hormones
  • new treatments

Assoc Prof Tom Weickert

  • new treatments (new drugs, brain stimulation)
  • effects of antipsychotic medications on cognition

Spinal cord injury

Prof Lynne Bilston

  • mechanical properties of the spinal cord and mechanism of injury
  • paediatric spinal cord injury

Assoc Prof Jane Butler

  • improvement of breathing/coughing in people with high level spinal cord injury

Prof Simon Gandevia

  • improvement of breathing/coughing in people with high level spinal cord injury

Prof Peter Schofield

  • research and ethical issues for adult and embryonic stem cells

Stroke

Prof Rob Herbert

  • mechanisms of motor impairment

 Prof Stephen Lord

  • falls risk after stroke