Seminars and Events

The seminars and meetings listed below are open to professionals and colleagues of NeuRA staff.

An Introduction to Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analyses – 2-Day Workshop

This introductory workshop provides a step-by-step, hands-on learning experience that will equip the participant with the basic tools to conduct a high-quality systematic review and meta-analysis.

Network Meta-Analysis Course Sydney, Friday 2nd – 4th Nov 18

Associate Professor Andrea Cipriani from Oxford University leads this 3-day interactive course designed for clinicians, researchers and policy-makers interested in evidence synthesis and comparative effectiveness.

NeuRA Invited Seminar Series 2018

The NeuRA Invited Lecture series aims to attract leading national and international researchers from all fields of neuroscience.

Novel approaches for investigating normal brain function and neurodegenerative diseases using simultaneous MR-PET imaging.

Date Speaker Position/Institution Topic
Feb 23rd at 12:00 pm Prof Simon Gandevia Deputy Director, NeuRA Research and reproducibility: Messages from Charles Darwin
Mar 23rd, at 12:00 pm A/Prof Tony Roscioli Group Leader, NeuRA Genomics in Neurocognitive Disorders – From Aetiology to Therapy
Apr 27th, at 12:00 pm Prof Anne Kelso CEO, NHMRC Research funding reform at NHMRC.
May 25th, at 12:00 pm Prof Gary Egan Director, Monash Biomedical Imaging, Monash Univerity Novel approaches for investigating normal brain function and neurodegenerative diseases using simultaneous MR-PET imaging.
July 20th, at 12:00 pm Dr Michael Pluess Head of Psychology Department, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London Individual differences in environmental sensitivity
Aug 24th, at 12:00 pm Dr Lucette Cysique NeuroHIV, NeuRA HIV and brain aging: A challenge that the HIV epidemic should not ignore.
Sep 28th, at 12:00 pm Dr Karen Mather Leader of the Genetics and Epigenomics Group, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, NeuRA Identifying the genetic and epigenetic factors linked to successful ageing by studying exceptional longevity.
Oct 26th, at 12:00 pm Prof Sharon Naismith Leonard P Ullman Chair in Psychology, School of Psychology, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney  TBA
 Nov 23rd, at 12:00 pm Prof Nigel Lovell Scientia Professor & Acting Head of Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering TBA

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:

Scientia Prof George Paxinos AO (T: +612 93991094 E:

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

Dr Steve Kassem (T: +612 9399 1037 E:


NeuRA, Level 3 John and Betty Lynch Seminar Room

PhD Completion Seminars 2018

The NeuRA PhD Completion Seminar series provides an opportunity to hear from completing PhD students and celebrate their success.

Date Speaker Group Title
Wed 14th Feb Alexandra Hall A/Prof Julie Brown A novel user-input and user-testing method for designing child restraint product information to reduce misuse.
Wed 14th Feb Juan Olaya Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert The role of Neuregulin 1 risk haplotype (HapICE) and Neuregulin 1 type III overexpression in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia
Wed 6th June Ye Zhao Prof Halliday Potential role of LRRK2 Ser910 and Ser935 phosphorylation in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease
July TBA Chaminda Lewis Prof Gandevia/Butler TBA
July TBA Helen Cai Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert TBA
Wed 22nd August Christin Weissleder Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert TBA
Wed 22nd August Shan-Yuan Tsai-Chin Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert/Purves-Tyson TBA

Dr Jasmine Menant – phone: +61 2 9399 1267 or email:

Location: John and Betty Lynch Seminar Room, Level 3, NeuRA, followed by a celebratory lunch in the cafe.

NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum – Friday 11th May

Nutrition, frailty and falls

NeuRA Sensorimotor Seminars 2018

The NeuRA Sensation Movement Balance & Falls Research Theme regularly hosts specialised Sensorimotor Control Seminars.

First International Motor Impairment Conference 2018

Professor Simon Gandevia, Deputy Director at NeuRA announced that NeuRA will host the first International Motor Impairment Conference in Sydney Australia. Nov 26th-28th.

NeuRA End of Year Meeting

On Monday 27th of November 2017, NeuRA held the final all staff meeting for the year.

The meeting was an opportunity for us to reflect on the past year and to welcome the new staff joining us.

We were able to celebrate all of NeuRA’s grant funding successes, and promotions, and also award the winners of the NeuRA Publication Prize and Research Assistant Award.


Congratulations to:

Dr Matthew Brodie:  NeuRA Publication Prize (Postdoctoral Category)

Brodie MA, Okubo Y, Annegarn J, Wieching R, Lord SR, Delbaere K. Disentangling the health benefits of walking from increased exposure to falls in older people using remote gait monitoring and multi-dimensional analysis. Physical. Means. 38 (2017) 45-62.

Benjamin Tong: NeuRA Research Assistant Award

Danny Boerrigter: NeuRA Research Assistant Award


2017 has been a fantastic year and we look forward to welcoming 2018!



Workshop on Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

A two day course on magnetic resonance spectroscopy will be held at Neuroscience Research Australia, on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th of November 2017.