NeuRA Seminar Series 2020

The NeuRA Seminar Series aims to provide the opportunity to listen to interesting and leading research across all fields of neuroscience.

Presenters will include a mix of NeuRA-based scientists, as well as invited presentations from external domestic and international scientific experts.

The presentations are held every Friday at 12 noon, in the Level 3 John and Betty Lynch Seminar Room. The presentations aim to run for one hour.

If you are interested in attending these seminars and wish to be added to the regular email mailing list, please fill out the form.

These seminars will now be presented so you can enjoy them via the internet using ZOOM, the link needed to join will be provided each week in the email.

Date Speaker Position/Institution Topic
7th of Feb 1. Dr Matt Brodie; 2. Dr Lara Harvey 1. Lord/Delbaere Groups (NeuRA); 2. Close Group (NeuRA) 1. Preventing motor impairment with peripheral nerve stimulation, smart textiles, and mobile technology.

2. The use of the physiological profile assessment to improve the prediction of fragility fractures in community-dwelling older people.

14th of Feb 1. Dr Phu Hoang; 2. Dr Euan McCaughey 1. Lord/Gandevia Groups (NeuRA); 2. Butler Group (NeuRA) 1. Footdrop & ankle contractures and mobility in people with MS.

2. Category two to four funding for early-mid career researchers: an untapped pool?

21st of Feb 1. Lewis Ingram (PhD); 2. Sonia Hesam-Shariati 1. Lord/Gandevia Groups (NeuRA); 2. Fullerton Group (NeuRA) 1. The upper limb Physiological Profile Assessment (PPA): quantifying upper limb motor impairment across the adult lifespan and disease; 2. Role of Epigenetic Contributors in Developing Bipolar Disorder at High Familial Risk
28th of Feb Prof Carol Jagger Newcastle Unversity, UK Understanding past trends in healthy life expectancy and prospects for the future.
6th of Mar 1. Dr Hanna Hensen; 2. Prof Melissa Green 1. Eckert Group (NeuRA); 2. Green Group (NeuRA) 1. Sleep problems in people with multiple sclerosis: rates, mechanisms and consequences; 2. Prenatal infection exposure and risk for early developmental vulnerability and mental illness: evidence from a population study of NSW children
20th of Mar Prof Richard Kemp UNSW The Psychology of eyewitness memory
27th of Mar 1. Paulo Pelicioni (PhD); 2. Mark Kaizik 1. Lord Group (NeuRA); 2. Herbert Group (NeuRA) 1. Do antipsychotics inflame the brain?
3rd of Apr Prof Simon Gandevia Gandevia Group (NeuRA) 1. Identifying the relationship between inflammation and the immune-gut axis in Autism; 2. Dopamine and bad habits: amphetamines, L-dopa and junk food.
10th of Apr Good Friday Good Friday Good Friday
17th of Apr Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled
24th of Apr Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled
1st of May 1. Sophie Carter; 2. Sam Owens 1. Eckert Group (NeuRA); 2. Shannon-Weickert Group (NeuRA) 1. Effects of hypnotics on sleep spindles; 2. Alterations in androgen- and dopamine-related molecules in schizophrenia.
8th of May 1. Nisha Mathew; 2. Teri Furlong 1. Walker Group (NeuRA); 2. Paxinos Group (NeuRA)  1. Effects of hypnotics on sleep spindles; 2. Alterations in androgen- and dopamine-related molecules in schizophrenia
15th of May*

12:30 Start

1. Sophie Andrews; 2. Javad Jamshidi 1. Anstey Group (NeuRA); 2. Gatt/Fullerton Group (NeuRA) 1. The role of automatic habit in physical activity behaviours in older people: A new target for lifestyle interventions for cognitive health?; 2. Diverse phenotypic measurements of wellbeing: Heritability, temporal stability and predictive power of polygenic scores
22nd of May 1. David Nguyen, 2. Miranda Chilver 1. Butler, Gandevia, Hudson Groups (NeuRA)  2. Gatt Group (NeuRA) 1. Neural control of breathing in health, healthy ageing and chronic tetraplegia; 2. EEG profiles as a biomarker of wellbeing: A twin study.
29th of May Prof Chris Rowe Austin Health, Melbourne Amyloid and Tau Imaging Down-Under: The Australian Experience.
5th of Jun Professor/Aunty Kerrie Doyle Chair of the Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing CAG for Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE) Putuwa and The Forming, Storming, Norming, & Performing of Indigenous Research
12th of Jun 1. Arthur Montalto; 2. Rene Jeżewsk 1. Gatt Group (NeuRA); 2. Sheperd Group (NeuRA) 1. Negative association between the insula and resilience during a continuous performance task: an fMRI twin study; 2. “Limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy in the Sydney Brain Bank”
19th of Jun 1. Martin Heroux; 2. Justine Gatt 1. Gandevia Group (NeuRA); 2. Gatt Group (NeuRA) 1. History-dependence of muscle slack length in humans: effects of contraction intensity, stretch amplitude and time; 2.Our wellbeing research program: Where are we up to?
26th of Jun Fiona Knapman Bilston Group (NeuRA) A novel optical stimulation therapy for obstructive sleep apnea – Preliminary result
3rd of Jul Haeme Park Gatt Group (NeuRA) Associations between mental wellbeing and neural bases of positive emotion recognition in a twin sample using fMRI
10th of Jul Carlo Rinaudo Migliaccio Group (NeuRA) Functional changes after 1 week of VOR adaptation training in vestibular patients
17th of Jul George Paxinos Paxinos Group (NeuRA) Is the brain the right size?
24th of Jul Bill Brooks Schofield Group (NeuRA) Familial Alzheimer’s disease and the DIAN Study: trial results and future plans.
31th of Jul Bart Bolsterlee Herbert Group (NeuRA) Using transverse diffusion to measure changes in muscle fibre number and muscle fibre size during growth in humans.
7th of Aug Yoshiro Okubo Lord Group (NeuRA) Effect of task-specific trip and slip training in people with Multiple Sclerosis
14th of Aug Adam Walker Walker Group (NeuRA) Breast cancer hijacks the brain to cause cognitive impairment
21st of Aug Claire Boswell-Ruys Butler Group (NeuRA) Effect of respiratory muscle training on quality of life, dyspnoea and respiratory symptoms in people with tetraplegia
28th of Aug Moyra Mortby Anstey Group (NeuRA) The BPSDplus Program: efficacy of a novel person-centred care approach to reduce neuropsychiatric symptoms in residents with dementia
4th of Sep Jasmine Menant Lord Group (NeuRA) Visuospatial Working Memory for Safe Obstacle Crossing in Older People
11th of Sep Chris Rowe Austin Health, Melbourne Amyloid and Tau Imaging Down-Under: The Australian Experience.
18th of Sep
25th of Sep Christin Weissleder Shannon Weickert Group (NeuRA) From the lack of new brain cells to increased inflammation in schizophrenia.
2nd of Oct Isabella Epiu Butler Group (NeuRA) Inspiratory muscle responses to airway occlusion in COPD
9th of Oct Lloyd Chan Lord / Brodie Groups (NeuRA) What your walk says about you- prediciting onset of geriatric conditions with gait
16th of Oct ILP 3MT Students
23rd of Oct A/Prof Gideon Caplan Director, Geriatric Medicine, POWH and UNSW Deeper into delirium
30th of Oct Honours Students (10-15min each)
6th of Nov Zoe Djajadikarta Gandevia Group (NeuRA) Impaired central drive to plantarflexors and minimal ankle proprioceptive deficit in people with multiple sclerosis
13rd of Nov Rob Lloyd Bilston Group (NeuRA) Imaging pipeline for magnetic resonance elastography reconstruction of anisotropic tissue
20th of Nov Daina Sturnieks Sturnieks Group (NeuRA) Smart±step: A 3-arm randomised controlled trial of cognitive-only and cognitive-motor training to prevent falls in older people.
27th of Nov Michael Wewege McAuley Group Improving the use of analgesic medicines for low back pain
4th of Dec A/Prof Sevil Yasar Johns Hopkins  From hypertension to antihypertensive medications to the renin angiotensin system in AD
11th of Dec

(EDIC Talk)

Alice Anderson Coordinator for the Inclusive Volunteering Program – Pathways to Employment with The Centre for Volunteering NSW  Inclusion in the workplace for both employees and volunteers.


Primary contacts

Dr Justine Gatt (T: +612 9399 1812 E:

Dr Tertia Purves-Tyson (T: +612 9399 1649 E:

Dr Jasmine Menant (T: +612 9399 1267 E:

Dr Ruth Peters (T: +612 9399 1015 E:

Dr Steve Kassem (T: +612 9399 1128 E:

Dr Adam Walker (T: +612 9399 1026 E:

Dr Moyra Mortby (T: +612 9399 1147 E:

Dr Bart Bolsterlee (T:+612 9399 1832 E:



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