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 framework for creating subject-specific mathematical brain models Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology
A Novel Cure – the Health and Well-being Outcomes of Creative Practices in Ageing Dr Victoria Palmer General Practice
Accelerated Gene Identification Program (Gene Discovery) Professor David Amor Paediatrics
Acquired epilepsy in Alzheimer’s disease Patrick Kwan
Professor Patrick Kwan
Medicine and Radiology
Adolescent Development Study Associate Professor Sarah Whittle
Psychiatry
Advanced Limb Reconstruction Prof. Peter Choong
Surgery
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
Brain Tumour Biology and Therapies Professor Andrew H. Kaye
Surgery
Cellular Reprogramming Group Dr Raymond Wong
Surgery
Centre for Women’s Mental Health Research Psychiatry
Chromosome disorders Professor David Amor Paediatrics
Clinical Neurosciences Professor Mark Cook
Medicine and Radiology
Clinical Trials Research Unit, Centre for Eye Research Australia A/Prof 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
Comparative evaluation of different treatment strategies in multiple sclerosis Dr Tomas Kalincik Medicine and Radiology
Control of prosthetic limbs from decoded brain signals Dr Dean Freestone 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
Deep brain stimulation Psychiatry
Detection of somatic mutations in sporadic epilepsies Professor Sam Berkovic Medicine and Radiology
Development of a Minimally Invasive Chronic Neural Interface Dr Nicholas Opie and Dr Thomas Oxley Medicine and Radiology
Development of a Neuropsychiatry Digital Archive Psychiatry
Development of clinical rating tools. Psychiatry
Development of novel neuroimaging biomarkers in neurological diseases Professor Patricia Desmond Medicine and Radiology
Development of Scaffolds for Restoration of Myotendous Junctions Associate Professor Robert Kapsa Medicine and Radiology
Diagnosis, Management and Outcomes of Depression in the Primary Care Setting (The Diamond 10-year Cohort Study) Professor Jane Gunn General Practice
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
Driving for Change: An Online Video Game to Improve Mental Health Among Victorian Taxi Drivers Dr Sandra Davidson General Practice
Drugs and MS Dr Melissa Gressle Medicine and Radiology
E-tool for online interactive assessment of young people’s wellbeing Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
Epilepsy Psychiatry
Epilepsy and Neuropharmacology Professor Terence O'Brien
Medicine and Radiology
Epilepsy and Precision Medicine Professor Patrick Kwan
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
Express ambulatory point-of-care molecular diagnosis Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
EXTEND-IA TNK Associate Professor Bruce Campbell Medicine and Radiology
Families and Childhood Transitions Study (FACTS) Associate Professor Sarah Whittle
Psychiatry
Fragile X syndrome Professor David Amor Paediatrics
Gender differences in autism Dr Tamara May Paediatrics
Gene-environment interactions in depression Dr Chad Bousman
Psychiatry
Genetic predictors of disease outcome in Multiple Sclerosis and Clinically Isolated Syndrome Dr Vilija G. Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Genetic-based classification of schizophrenia Dr Chad Bousman
Psychiatry
Genomics of adverse response to antiepileptic drugs Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
Glaucoma Research Laboratory Jonathan Crowston
Surgery
Health outcomes in children conceived using Assisted Reproduction Technologies Professor David Amor Paediatrics
Healthy Ageing Program Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Medicine and Radiology
Hearing Neurosciences Dr Karina Needham
Surgery
HONORARY APPOINTMENTS’ RESEARCH PROJECTS Surgery
How do blood vitamin D levels change immune cells? Dr Melissa Gressle Medicine and Radiology
How do Multiple Sclerosis risk genes change immune cells Dr Melissa Gressle 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
Imaging brain development in the Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (iCATS) Associate Professor Sarah Whittle
Psychiatry
Immune self-reactivity triggered by carbamazepine-modified HLA-peptide repertoire Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
Improving delivery of RNA therapeutics Dr Ken Pang Paediatrics
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
Investigating the role of a Cav3.2 calcium channel mutation in contributing to the epileptic phenotype using congenic rat strains and a knock in mouse model Dr Kim Powell Medicine and Radiology
Investigations of adult neurometabolic disease. Psychiatry
Investigations of the neuropsychiatry of younger onset and rare neurodegenerative disorders. Psychiatry
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 Dr Tomas Kalincik Medicine and Radiology
Long-term outcome of newly diagnosed epilepsy Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
Longitudinal effect of physical activity on cortical thickness in people at risk of dementia Professor Patricia Desmond Medicine and Radiology
Macular Research Unit 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
Mental Health Professor Jane Gunn
General Practice
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
Peter Choong
Surgery
Mitochondria and Neurodegeneration Group Associate Professor Ian A Trounce Surgery
Molecular Epilepsy Dr Kim Powell
Medicine and Radiology
Moral Emotions in Youth Depression Associate Professor Sarah Whittle
Psychiatry
Motor Control and Rehabilitation Professor Mary Galea
Medicine and Radiology
Movement disorders in MS: Tremor characterisation and treatment Dr Anneke van der Walt Medicine and Radiology
MS and Comorbidities Team Dr Anneke van der Walt 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
Multiple Sclerosis Outcomes and Prognostics Team Dr Tomas Kalincik
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 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
Neuroimaging of neurodegenerative disorders. Psychiatry
Neuropsychiatry of neurological and medical disorders. Psychiatry
Neuroregeneration Alice Pébay
Surgery
Neuroscience & Psychiatry
Neurotrauma and Stroke Dr Carli L Roulston
Medicine and Radiology
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 Prof Paul N Baird
Surgery
Ophthalmic Epidemiology Group Mingguang He
Surgery
PARTY (Prevention Access Risk Taking in Young People) Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
Personalised therapy for multiple sclerosis Dr Tomas Kalincik Medicine and Radiology
Petrovski Laboratory: Computational Genomics Dr Slavé Petrovski
Medicine and Radiology
Pharmacogenetics of antidepressant response and remission Dr Chad Bousman Psychiatry
Pharmacogenetics of clozapine remission Dr Chad Bousman
Psychiatry
Phenotypic characterisation of multiple sclerosis Dr Tomas Kalincik Medicine and Radiology
Postoperative Quality of Recovery Colin Royse
Surgery
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
Psychiatric Neuropathology Group Professor Ian Everall
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
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
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
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
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 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 Link Project Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
The neuroscience of neurogenesis. Psychiatry
The Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit Dr Michelle Peate
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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
Translational Traumatic Brain Injury Laboratory Dr Sandy Schultz
Medicine and Radiology
Trauma Research Group Professor David Forbes
Psychiatry
Traumatic brain injury Professor Patricia Desmond Medicine and Radiology
True Colours Medical Research Fund - Improving Transgender Health

Dr Ada Cheung
Medicine and Radiology
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
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