NeuRA Seminar Series 2021

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 generally held every Friday at 12 noon for around one hour. The presentations aim to run for one hour. 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.

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


Date Speaker  Position/Institution  Topic Speaker 1 Topic Speaker 2
12-Feb-21 1) Jan Fullerton 1) Fullerton Group The complexities of risk in bipolar disorder: genomics and beyond
26-Feb-21 1) Kevin Ng 1) Birznieks Group Time-based encoding of touch information in afferents
12-Mar-21 1) Simon Gandevia 1) Gandevia Group Research Quality and Reproducibility:  Why you should be worried and what you can do about it.
19-Mar-21 Prof Eva Kimonis UNSW, School of Psychology Emotional Processing Patterns Distinguish Subtypes of Childhood Conduct Problems 
26-Mar-21 1) Phillip Cheng 1) Gatt Group Coping and impact on wellbeing during COVID in 1749 youth across Australia and the USA
9-Apr-21 1) Miranda Chilver 1) Gatt Group Electrophysiological markers of mental wellbeing
16-Apr-21 A/Prof Michael Sughrue Co-founder and CEO, Omniscient Neurotechnology Connectomics – Turning your centre into a precision brain medicine institution
23-Apr-21 1) Ben Tong 1) Eckert Group Efficacy of a novel oral appliance and the influence of nasal resistance and OSA pathophysiological traits on treatment response
7-May-21 1) Louise Lavrencic with co-speaker Terry Donovan, 2) Haeme Park 1) Radford Group; 2) Gatt Group Ngarraanga Giinganay (‘thinking peacefully’): A culturally-grounded mindfulness-based stress reduction program co-designed with older Aboriginal people Grey matter morphometry and the role of emotion reappraisal in mental wellbeing and resilience after early life stress exposure
21-May-21 1) Patrick Skippen 1) Schabrun Group Cognitive mechanisms in inhibition: Stopping yourself starts with attention
28-May-21 Prof Kimberlie Dean School of Psychiatry, UNSW How early does ‘early intervention’ need to be? The association between mental health problems and risk of criminal justice system contact in childhood
4-Jun-21 Reconciliation Week Talk Reconciliation Week Talk NeuRA National Reconciliation Week Seminar: More than a word – time for a conversation about reconciliation. Hosted by the NeuRA Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group
18-Jun-21 1) Kerith-Rae Dias 1) Roscioli Group Identifying new genes in neurocognitive disorders
2-Jul-21 1) Steve Kassem; 2) Ying Xu 1) Paxinos Group; 2) Peters Group Trepanning to MRI a brief look at the dynamic history of neuroanatomy Left ventricular hypertrophy and incident cognitive impairment in elderly hypertensive patients.
9-Jul-21 NeuRA NAIDOC Week Aboriginal Health Research Showcase NeuRA Our team will provide a set of 3-4 pre-recorded talks to share during the seminar time slot, followed by a panel discuss for live Q&A. “NeuRA NAIDOC Week Aboriginal Health Research Showcase” followed by live Q&A led by the Our MOB (Mind Our Brain) Study team
16-Jul-21 1) Adam Lawther 1) Walker Group Targeting neuroinflammation to treat cancer-induced anxiety and depression
23-Jul-21 Prof Maree Hackett George Institute Stroke and Depression – moving the ambulance to the top of the cliff
30-Jul-21 1) Nahian Chowdhury; 2) Abhijit Das 1) Schabrun Group; 2) Rae Group 1) Using non-invasive brain stimulation to understand the mechanisms for pain 2)Investigating the role of proline in brain metabolism.
13-Aug-21 1) Tom Whyte 1) Brown Group Neck injury risk from diving into foam pits: Considerations for trampoline park safety
27-Aug-21 NeuRA Wear It Purple Event – LGBTQ+ in Research Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee Panel discussion with students and researchers on being LGBTQ+ in STEMM fields.
3-Sep-21 Dr Stephanie Ward Centre for Health Brain Ageing (CHeBA) and UNSW Aspirin and Ageing: Dissolving (or resolving?) associations with Cognition
17-Sep-21 1) Brian Chow 1) Herbert Group; Scaling of human muscle architecture with growth
24-Sep-21 1) Naqash Afzal 1) Birznieks Group Friction sensing mechanisms for perception and its role in object manipulation
1-Oct-21 Prof Christos Pantelis University of Melbourne Mapping brain changes in schizophrenia: From bedside to bench
8-Oct-21 ILP Student Presentations
22-Oct-21 Honours Student Presentations
29-Oct-21 Dr Karen Krukowski University of Denver Reversal of Trauma- and Age-Related Memory Loss
12-Nov-21 Milena Katz Peters Group Ageing, diet and inflammation: An Australian perspective.
19-Nov-21 Alastair Loutit Birznieks Group; Afferent responses and perception of hand-object interactions
26-Nov-21 Simon Gandevia Gandevia Group NeuRA’s Quality Output Checklist and Content Assessment (QuOCCA): What is it and why is it important?
3-Dec-21 1) Martin Héroux; 2) Edel O’Hagan 1) Gandevia Group; 2) McAuley Group


Primary contacts

Dr Justine Gatt (

Dr Jasmine Menant (

Dr Steve Kassem (

Dr Adam Walker (

Dr Adam Lawther (

Dr Moyra Mortby (

Dr Bart Bolsterlee (

A/Prof David Seminowicz (