Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Neurosciences research seeks to understand how the nervous system develops and functions, in health and disease, allowing us to experience and actively participate in our world. This includes a cross-disciplinary approach integrating pure and applied disciplines to improve the lives of people with psychiatric and neurodegenerative conditions. These programs are supported by an array of methodologies and platform technologies from biostatistics and epidemiology, to genomics and proteomics.

Groups / Projects Research Lead Dept / Centre
PEARL: Promoting EArly intervention with men’s use of violence in ReLationships through primary care Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
A Novel Cure – the Health and Well-being Outcomes of Creative Practices in Ageing Dr Victoria Palmer General Practice
Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA) Psychiatry
Accelerated Gene Identification Program (Gene Discovery) Professor David Amor Paediatrics
Acid-sensitivity in auditory neurons Dr Karina Needham Surgery
Acquired epilepsy in Alzheimer’s disease Patrick Kwan
Professor Patrick Kwan
Medicine and Radiology
Advanced Limb Reconstruction Professor Peter Choong
Surgery
ARCADIA: Nutraceutical and Lifestyle Medicine Mental Health Research Group Professor Jerome Sarris
Psychiatry
Austin Health Research Psychiatry
Autism Research Team Professor Katrina Williams
Paediatrics
Biomarkers for brain concussion Dr Sandy Shultz Medicine and Radiology
Biomedical Engineering for Cochlear Implants Dr Carrie Newbold
Surgery
Body Image and Eating Disorders Professor David Castle
Psychiatry
Brain Tumour Biology and Therapies Professor Andrew H. Kaye
Surgery
Building Early Attachment and Resiliance (BEAR) - an early intervention for parents and infants Professor Louise Newman
Psychiatry
Carers of People Living with Psychosis Professor Carol Harvey
Psychiatry
Cellular Reprogramming Group Dr Raymond Wong
Surgery
Centre for Women’s Mental Health Research Psychiatry
Child and Adolescent Mental Health A/Professor Alessandra (Sandra) Radovini
Psychiatry
Chromosome disorders Professor David Amor Paediatrics
Clinical Epilepsy Epidemiology Assoc. Prof Wendyl D'Souza
Medicine and Radiology
Clinical Neuropsychiatry Professor Dennis Velakoulis
Psychiatry
Clinical Neurosciences Professor Mark Cook
Medicine and Radiology
Clinical Trials Research Unit, Centre for Eye Research Australia Associate Professor Lyndell Lim
Surgery
Cognitive Health Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Movement Disorders and Cognitive monitoring in MS Dr Anneke van der Walt Medicine and Radiology
Community Study of the Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Professor Ingrid Scheffer Medicine and Radiology
Control of prosthetic limbs from decoded brain signals Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology
CORe Unit (Clinical Outcomes Research Unit) Assoc. Prof Tomas Kalincik
Medicine and Radiology
CREMSI: NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health Systems Improvement Professor Jane Gunn General Practice
Cytoprotection Pharmacology Research Professor Greg Dusting
Surgery
Dating Violence, help-seeking and Technology in Australia Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
Depression and Anxiety Neuroscience Associate Professor Ben Harrison
Psychiatry
Detection of somatic mutations in sporadic epilepsies Professor Sam Berkovic Medicine and Radiology
Determining predictors of post-partum relapse in women with MS Dr Vilija Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Development of a Minimally Invasive Chronic Neural Interface Dr Nicholas Opie and Dr Thomas Oxley Medicine and Radiology
Development of Scaffolds for Restoration of Myotendous Junctions Associate Professor Robert Kapsa Medicine and Radiology
Discovering differences and similarities between phenotype and biology of twins with autism and children with known genetic problems with a high risk of autism Dr Felicity Klopper Paediatrics
Discovery of circulating RNA biomarkers in autism Dr Ken Pang Paediatrics
E-tool for online interactive assessment of young people’s wellbeing Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
Effects of Drugs on Cognition-Related Brain Wave Signals in the Rat Dr Chris French Medicine and Radiology
Electrophysiological Properties of Human Brain Neuronal Tissue Dr Chris French Medicine and Radiology
Employment and Vocational Occupation Professor Carol Harvey
Psychiatry
Environmental determinants of disability accumulation in Multiple Sclerosis Dr Vilija Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Epilepsy and Neuropharmacology Professor Terence O'Brien
Medicine and Radiology
Epilepsy in twins: the importance of genetic factors Professor Sam Berkovic Medicine and Radiology
Epilepsy Research Centre Professor Sam Berkovic
Medicine and Radiology
Epileptic Encephalopathies: Finding the cause Professor Ingrid Scheffer Medicine and Radiology
Epileptic Seizure Forecasting Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology
Evaluation of different treatment strategies in multiple sclerosis A/Prof Tomas Kalincik Medicine and Radiology
Express ambulatory point-of-care molecular diagnosis Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
EXTEND-IA TNK Associate Professor Bruce Campbell Medicine and Radiology
Family Study of the Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Professor Ingrid Scheffer Medicine and Radiology
Fragile X syndrome Professor David Amor Paediatrics
Frameworks for Health Professor David Castle
Psychiatry
Functional Neurological Disorders Professor Richard Kanaan
Psychiatry
Gender differences in autism Dr Tamara May Paediatrics
Gene Discovery in Families with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder Dr Cherie Green Medicine and Radiology
Genomics of adverse response to antiepileptic drugs Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
Genotype-Phenotype Correlations in Multiple Sclerosis Dr Vilija Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Glaucoma Research Laboratory Jonathan Crowston
Surgery
Glucagon secretion in Type 1 diabetes A/Prof. Tony Verberne Medicine and Radiology
Health outcomes in children conceived using Assisted Reproduction Technologies Professor David Amor Paediatrics
Healthy Ageing Program Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Medicine and Radiology
Healthy Lifestyles Professor David Castle
Psychiatry
Hearing Neurosciences Dr Karina Needham
Surgery
Hearing Regeneration and Protection Professor Stephen O'Leary
HONORARY APPOINTMENTS’ RESEARCH PROJECTS Surgery
How do Anti-Epileptic Drugs Work? Dr Chris French Medicine and Radiology
Human leukocyte antigens (HLA) and its association with skin rashes and drug induced hepatitis: The role of pharmacogenetics to predict anti-epileptic drug side-effect Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
I-DECIDE: Trial of an online healthy relationship tool and safety decision aid for women experiencing domestic violence Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Imaging Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Immune self-reactivity triggered by carbamazepine-modified HLA-peptide repertoire Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
Impact of pregnancy on long-term outcomes in women with multiple sclerosis Dr Vilija Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Impact of pregnancy on long-term outcomes in women with multiple sclerosis – assessment of mechanism Dr Vilija Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Improving delivery of RNA therapeutics Dr Ken Pang Paediatrics
In vitro brain tumour model – studying epileptic seizure development and sensitivity to anti-cancer therapy Dr Chris French Medicine and Radiology
Incidence, prevalence and risk factors for autism. What can we learn from databases and existing administrative data? Dr Tamara May Paediatrics
INDIGO Study: physical activity and goal-setting intervention for sedentary older adults at risk of cognitive decline Professor Nicola Lautenschlager (Melbourne Site)
Psychiatry
Integrative Neurophysiology A/Prof Tony Verberne
Medicine and Radiology
Jones Laboratory: Epilepsy and Behaviour Associate Professor Nigel Jones
Medicine and Radiology
Lifestyle and Prevention Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Long-term disability outcomes in multiple sclerosis A/Prof Tomas Kalincik Medicine and Radiology
Long-term outcome of newly diagnosed epilepsy Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
Macular Research Unit Professor Robyn Guymer
Surgery
Mechanisms of epileptogenesis and drug resistance Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
Medical devices development Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
Melbourne Clinic Research Psychiatry
Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance Congenital Deafness Flagship Professor David Amor Paediatrics
Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre Research Psychiatry
Mental Health Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Mindful Research Psychiatry
Mindfulness, cognitive processes and coping in chronic illness: insights from a study of joint replacement surgery Prof. Peter Choong
Professor Peter Choong
Surgery
Mitochondria and Neurodegeneration Group Associate Professor Ian A Trounce Surgery
Modelling Epilepsy and Epilepsy Drug Effects–Computational Neuroscience Project Dr Chris French Medicine and Radiology
Molecular Epilepsy Dr Kim Powell
Medicine and Radiology
Motor Control and Rehabilitation Professor Mary Galea
Medicine and Radiology
MS and Comorbidities Team Dr Anneke van der Walt Medicine and Radiology
MS Biology, Genomics and Prognostics Group Dr Vilija Jokubaitis
Medicine and Radiology
Multimorbidity in Ageing Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Clinical Research Group Professor Helmut Butzkueven
Medicine and Radiology
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Genetics of Neurodisability Professor David Amor
Professor David Amor
Paediatrics
Musculoskeletal and Bone Health Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Neural Dynamics Laboratory Dr Chris French
Medicine and Radiology
Neural Engineering and Brain Dynamics Dr Dean Freestone & Dr Andre Peterson
Medicine and Radiology
Neural modelling of epileptic dynamics Dr Andre Peterson Medicine and Radiology
Neurodevelopmental Genomics Research Professor John Christodoulou
Professor John Christodoulou
Paediatrics
Neuroimaging Professor Patricia Desmond
Medicine and Radiology
Neuroregeneration Associate Professor Alice Pebày
Surgery
Neuroscience & Psychiatry
Neurotrauma and Stroke Dr Carli L Roulston
Medicine and Radiology
Neurotrophins - how do they influence neural firing and ion channels? Dr Karina Needham Surgery
Not The Only One: An Online Database of Survivor Stories From Women Experiencing Domestic Violence Dr Laura Tarzia General Practice
Ocular Biomarkers, Bioenergetics and Angiogenesis Research Group Dr Peter van Wijngaarden
Surgery
Ocular Genetics Professor Paul N Baird
Surgery
Ophthalmic Epidemiology Group Professor Mingguang He
Surgery
PARTY (Prevention Access Risk Taking in Young People) Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
Petrovski Laboratory: Computational Genomics Dr Slavé Petrovski
Medicine and Radiology
Pharmacogenomic studies in Multiple Sclerosis Dr Vilija Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Phenotypic characterisation of multiple sclerosis A/Prof Tomas Kalincik Medicine and Radiology
Postoperative Quality of Recovery Colin Royse
Surgery
Posttraumatic Nightmares Dr Andrea Phelps
Psychiatry
Prediction of long-term disease outcomes in people with Multiple Sclerosis or Clinically Isolated Syndromes Dr Vilija G. Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Primary Care Specific Information and Support Line: improving the response to women and children Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
PROSPER: PRevalence Of unwanted Sexual contact: Pursuing Early Recognition Dr Laura Tarzia General Practice
Proteomic profiles of psychotic symptom severity Dr Chad Bousman Psychiatry
Psychiatric Neuropathology Group Professor Ian Everall
Psychiatry
Psychosis & Developmental Neuropsychiatry Professor Christos Pantelis
Psychiatry
Psychosis and Sczhophrenia Professor David Castle
Psychiatry
Psychosocial Research Group Professor Carol Harvey
Psychiatry
Quality of Life Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
RADD: Relationships And Digital Devices in adolescent dating Dr Cynthia Brown General Practice
RAndomised trial to imProve the quality of lIfe of people with Dementia (RAPID) rofessor Nicola Lautenschlager (Melbourne Site)
Psychiatry
Rebooting the brain after stroke with electrical stimulation to promote functional recovery Dr Carli L Roulston Medicine and Radiology
Researching Abuse and Violence: RAVE Professor Kelsey Hegarty
General Practice
Rett Syndrome and related genes Dr Nicole van Bergen Paediatrics
Ripple Professor Carol Harvey
Psychiatry
Role of calcitonin receptor in stressed cells and diseased tissues: a new paradigm based on expression in the pre-apoptotic cell stress response Dr Peter J Wookey Medicine and Radiology
Safe Mothers, Safe Babies - Promoting safety and early parenting in high-risk relationships Professor Louise Newman
Psychiatry
Saving Brain and Changing Practice in Stroke Professor Stephen Davis Medicine and Radiology
Self-help for Depression and Diabetes-related Distress in People With Type 2 Diabetes (SpringboarD) Professor Jane Gunn General Practice
Semple Laboratory: Developmental Neurotrauma Dr Bridgette Semple
Medicine and Radiology
Single pulse electrical stimulation for epilepsy monitoring and tuning of DBS therapy Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology
Single Session Family Consultation Professor Carol Harvey
Psychiatry
Social Affective Neurodevelopment (SAND) Associate Professor Sarah Whittle
Psychiatry
St Vincent's Mental Health Research Psychiatry
Stroke Imaging and Treatment Associate Professor Bruce Campbell
Medicine and Radiology
Stroke Research Group Professor Stephen Davis
Medicine and Radiology
Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) Associate Professor Doug Crompton Medicine and Radiology
Investigating molecular and physiological determinants of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy in acquired and genetic animal models of epilepsy Dr Kim Powell Medicine and Radiology
Survey of High Impact Psychosis (SHIP) Professor Carol Harvey
Psychiatry
Targeting Astrogliosis to promote recovery after stroke Dr Carli L Roulston Medicine and Radiology
TBI, Neurodegenerative Disease, and Proteinopathies Dr Sandy Shultz Medicine and Radiology
The Collaborative AuTism Study (CATS) Professor Ingrid Scheffer
Medicine and Radiology
The CORE Study Dr Victoria Palmer General Practice
The effect of polytrauma on TBI outcomes, and identifying novel treatment strategies Dr Sandy Shultz Medicine and Radiology
The Neuropsychiatry of Androgen Deprivation Professor Richard Kanaan
Psychiatry
The Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit Dr Michelle Peate
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The role of the ubiquitin proteasome system in schizophrenia Professor Ian Everall Psychiatry
The Stand Up & Go Study: Physical activity and sitting time reduction program for older community members Professor Nicola Lautenschlager (Melbourne Site)
Psychiatry
The Target-D Trial Professor Jane Gunn General Practice
The Vascular Bionics Laboratory Dr Nicholas Opie and Dr Thomas Oxley
Medicine and Radiology
Therapeutic Innovations in Affective Disorders Professor Chee Ng
Psychiatry
Trans Medical Research Fund - Improving Transgender Health

Dr Ada Cheung
Medicine and Radiology
Translational Traumatic Brain Injury Laboratory Dr Sandy Schultz
Medicine and Radiology
Trauma Research Group Professor David Forbes
Psychiatry
Traumatic Injury Research Associate Professor Meaghan O'Donnell
Psychiatry
UDP - Victoria Professor John Christodoulou Paediatrics
Understanding the outcomes, including their language, participation and quality of life, of children with autism Prof Katrina Williams Paediatrics
Undestanding trajectories and biological underpinnings of children with autism who lose skills Ms Amanda Brignell Paediatrics
Using systematic reviews to understand prognosis, diagnosis and effective interventions for children with neurodevelopmental difference and disability Dr Kristine Egberts Paediatrics
Vascular Health Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Veteran and Military Mental Health Professor David Forbes
Psychiatry
WITH: Women’s Input to a Trauma-informed systems model of care in Health settings Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Women's Healthy Ageing Project Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology