Seminars and Events

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

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.

SPHERE Clinical Genomics Course

This 3 day workshop is designed for consultants in genetics and medicine, medical/genetic trainees, scientists and genetic counsellors.

NSW Falls Prevention Network Webinar – Cognitive Impairment & Falls (Dr Morag Taylor)

This webinar will be focused on Cognitive Impairment and risk, hosted by Dr Morag Taylor. Morag is a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow; currently her work is focusing on further understanding fall risk and, preventing falls and disability in older people with dementia.

NSW Falls Prevention Network Webinar – Dizziness & Falls (Dr Jasmine Menant)

This webinar will be focused on Dizziness and Falls, hosted by Jasmine Menant. Jasmine is a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and a conjoint lecturer at UNSW Medicine.

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 2nd, at 12:00 pm Prof. Dr. Urs Meyer Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich – Vetsuisse, Switzerland Microglia and Schizophrenia: Scientific Hype or Therapeutic Hope?
Nov 23rd, at 12:00 pm Prof Nigel Lovell Scientia Professor & Acting Head of Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering Tales of Translation in Biomedical Engineering at UNSW: Wearables, implantables and data analytics

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 Jun Ye Zhao Prof Glenda Halliday Potential role of LRRK2 Ser910 and Ser935 phosphorylation in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease
Wed 15th Aug Chaminda Lewis Prof Jane Butler Respiratory muscle training in cervical spinal cord injury
Wed 15th Aug Helen Cai Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert The blood-brain barrier and neuroinflammation in schizophrenia
Wed 19th Sep Shan-Yuan Tsai Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert Translational alterations of retinoid receptors, their binding partners and the retinoid signally pathway in schizophrenia brain and blood
Wed 12th Dec Sophie Carter Prof Danny Eckert TBA
Wed 12th Dec Muntaseer Mahfuz A/Prof Americo Migliaccio 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