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
A Novel Cure – the Health and Well-being Outcomes of Creative Practices in Ageing Project Leader 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 Senior Research Fellow Dr Karina Needham Surgery
Acquired epilepsy in Alzheimer’s disease Professor Patrick Kwan
Group Leader Professor Patrick Kwan
Medicine and Radiology
Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE): Quality and safety in the implementation of medicinal cannabis use in the community Professor Jane Gunn General Practice Research
Advanced Limb Reconstruction Head of Department of Surgery,
St. Vincent's Hospital,
Professor Peter Choong

Surgery
ARC Training Centre in Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies Prof Mark Cook Medicine and Radiology
ARCADIA: Nutraceutical and Lifestyle Medicine Mental Health Research Group Group Head and Honorary Principal Research Fellow Professor Jerome Sarris
Psychiatry
Austin Health Research Psychiatry
Autism Research Team Laboratory Head Professor Katrina Williams
Paediatrics
Biomarkers for brain concussion Group Leader Dr Sandy Shultz Medicine and Radiology
Biomedical Engineering for Cochlear Implants Senior Research Fellow Dr Carrie Newbold
Surgery
Body Image and Eating Disorders Chair of Psychiatry St Vincent's Mental Health Unit, Department of Psychiatry Professor David Castle
Psychiatry
Brain Tumour Biology and Therapies Head of Research Group Professor Andrew H. Kaye
Surgery
Building Early Attachment and Resiliance (BEAR) - an early intervention for parents and infants Director, Centre for Women's Mental Health, Royal Women's Hospital Professor Louise Newman
Psychiatry
Carers of People Living with Psychosis Professor Carol Harvey
Psychiatry
Cellular Reprogramming Group Senior Research Fellow Dr Raymond Wong
Surgery
Centre for Women’s Mental Health Research Psychiatry
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers in patients with vasospasm secondary to subarachnoid haemorrhage Dr Alexios Adamides Surgery
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Director, Mindful A/Professor Alessandra (Sandra) Radovini
Psychiatry
Chromosome disorders Professor David Amor Paediatrics
Clinical Epilepsy Epidemiology Research Group Leader Assoc. Prof Wendyl D'Souza
Medicine and Radiology
Clinical Neuropsychiatry RESEARCH STREAM LEADER Professor Dennis Velakoulis
Psychiatry
Clinical Neurosciences Group Leader Professor Mark Cook
Medicine and Radiology
Clinical Trials Research Centre, Centre for Eye Research Australia Head, Clinical Trials Research Centre Associate Professor Lyndell Lim
Surgery
Cognitive Health Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Movement Disorders and Cognitive monitoring in MS Group Leader Dr Anneke van der Walt Medicine and Radiology
Community Study of the Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Project Lead Professor Ingrid Scheffer Medicine and Radiology
Control of prosthetic limbs from decoded brain signals Project Lead Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology
CORe Unit (Clinical Outcomes Research Unit) Research Group Leader Assoc. Prof Tomas Kalincik
Medicine and Radiology
CREMSI: NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health Systems Improvement Project Leader Professor Jane Gunn General Practice
Cytoprotection Pharmacology Research Professor Greg Dusting
Surgery
Dating Violence, help-seeking and Technology in Australia Deputy Head of Department Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
Depression and Anxiety Neuroscience RESEARCH STREAM LEADER Associate Professor Ben Harrison
Psychiatry
Detection of somatic mutations in sporadic epilepsies Group Leader Professor Sam Berkovic Medicine and Radiology
Determining predictors of post-partum relapse in women with MS Project Lead Dr Vilija Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Development of a Minimally Invasive Chronic Neural Interface Group Leaders Dr Nicholas Opie and Dr Thomas Oxley Medicine and Radiology
Development of Scaffolds for Restoration of Myotendous Junctions Project Lead Associate Professor Robert Kapsa Medicine and Radiology
Diagnosis, Management and Outcomes of Depression in the Primary Care Setting (The Diamond 10-year Cohort Study) Project Leader 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 Project Leader Dr Felicity Klopper Paediatrics
Discovery of circulating RNA biomarkers in autism Project Leader Dr Ken Pang Paediatrics
Doctors in Secondary Schools Deputy Head of Department Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
Driving to Health: A mental health app for taxi drivers Project Leader Dr Sandra Davidson General Practice
E-tool for online interactive assessment of young people’s wellbeing Deputy Head of Department Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
EEG/MEG network measures as a biomarker in pre-surgical planning for epilepsy patients Project Lead Dr Andre Peterson Medicine and Radiology
Effects of Drugs on Cognition-Related Brain Wave Signals in the Rat Project Lead Dr Chris French Medicine and Radiology
Electrophysiological Properties of Human Brain Neuronal Tissue Project Lead Dr Chris French Medicine and Radiology
Employment and Vocational Occupation Director, Psychosocial Research Centre Professor Carol Harvey
Psychiatry
Environmental determinants of disability accumulation in Multiple Sclerosis Project Lead Dr Vilija Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Epilepsy and Neuropharmacology Group Leader Professor Terence O'Brien
Medicine and Radiology
Epilepsy and Precision Medicine Group Leader Professor Patrick Kwan
Medicine and Radiology
Epilepsy in twins: the importance of genetic factors Group Leader Professor Sam Berkovic Medicine and Radiology
Epilepsy Research Centre Group Leader Professor Sam Berkovic
Medicine and Radiology
Epileptic Encephalopathies: Finding the cause Group Leader Professor Ingrid Scheffer Medicine and Radiology
Epileptic Seizure Forecasting Project Lead Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology
Express ambulatory point-of-care molecular diagnosis Group Leader Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
EXTEND-IA TNK Group Leader Associate Professor Bruce Campbell Medicine and Radiology
Family Study of the Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Project Lead Professor Ingrid Scheffer Medicine and Radiology
Fragile X syndrome Professor David Amor Paediatrics
Frameworks for Health Chair of Psychiatry, St Vincent's Mental Health Unit, Department of Psychiatry University of Melbourne Professor David Castle
Psychiatry
Functional Neurological Disorders Chair of Psychiatry, Austin Health Professor Richard Kanaan
Psychiatry
Gender differences in autism Project Leader Dr Tamara May Paediatrics
Gene Discovery in Families with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder Project Lead Dr Cherie Green Medicine and Radiology
General Practitioners' perceptions of paediatric care Deputy Head of Department Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
Genomics of adverse response to antiepileptic drugs Group Leader Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
Genotype-Phenotype Correlations in Multiple Sclerosis Project Lead Dr Vilija Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Glaucoma Research Laboratory Head Glaucoma Research Laboratory Jonathan Crowston
Surgery
Glucagon secretion in Type 1 diabetes Project Lead A/Prof. Tony Verberne Medicine and Radiology
Health outcomes in children conceived using Assisted Reproduction Technologies Professor David Amor Paediatrics
Healthy Ageing Program Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Medicine and Radiology
Healthy Lifestyles Group Leader Professor David Castle
Psychiatry
Hearing Neurosciences Senior Research Fellow Dr Karina Needham
Surgery
Hearing Regeneration and Protection William Gibson Chair of Otolaryngology Professor Stephen O'Leary
Honorary Appointments’ Research Projects Surgery
How do Anti-Epileptic Drugs Work? Project Lead 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 Group Leader Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
I-DECIDE: Trial of an online healthy relationship tool and safety decision aid for women experiencing domestic violence Project Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Imaging Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Immune self-reactivity triggered by carbamazepine-modified HLA-peptide repertoire Group Leader Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
Impact of pregnancy on long-term outcomes in women with multiple sclerosis Project Lead Dr Vilija Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Impact of pregnancy on long-term outcomes in women with multiple sclerosis – assessment of mechanism Project Lead Dr Vilija Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Improving delivery of RNA therapeutics Project Leader Dr Ken Pang Paediatrics
In vitro brain tumour model – studying epileptic seizure development and sensitivity to anti-cancer therapy Project Lead Dr Chris French Medicine and Radiology
Incidence, prevalence and risk factors for autism. What can we learn from databases and existing administrative data? Project Leader Dr Tamara May Paediatrics
INDIGO Study: physical activity and goal-setting intervention for sedentary older adults at risk of cognitive decline Principal Researcher Professor Nicola Lautenschlager (Melbourne Site)
Psychiatry
Integrated Mental Health Research Program Leader Dr Victoria Palmer
General Practice
Integrative Neurophysiology Group Leader A/Prof Tony Verberne
Medicine and Radiology
Jones Laboratory: Epilepsy and Behaviour Group Leader Associate Professor Nigel Jones
Medicine and Radiology
Lifestyle and Prevention Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Link-me: A randomised controlled trial of a systematic model of stepped mental health care in general practice Link-me Trial Lead Investigator Professor Jane Gunn General Practice Research
Long-term outcome of newly diagnosed epilepsy Group Leader Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
Macular Research Unit Professor Robyn Guymer
Surgery
Mechanisms of epileptogenesis and drug resistance Group Leader Professor Patrick Kwan Medicine and Radiology
Medical devices development Group Leader 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 Group Leader 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 Professor Peter Choong Surgery
Mitochondria and Neurodegeneration Group Associate Professor Ian A Trounce Surgery
Modelling Epilepsy and Epilepsy Drug Effects–Computational Neuroscience Project Project Lead Dr Chris French Medicine and Radiology
Molecular Epilepsy Group Leader Dr Kim Powell
Medicine and Radiology
Motor Control and Rehabilitation Group Leader Professor Mary Galea
Medicine and Radiology
MS and Comorbidities Team Dr Anneke van der Walt
Medicine and Radiology
MS Biology, Genomics and Prognostics Group Group Leader Dr Vilija Jokubaitis
Medicine and Radiology
Multimorbidity in Ageing Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Clinical Research Group Group Leader Professor Helmut Butzkueven
Medicine and Radiology
Multiple sclerosis: Evaluation of treatment strategies Project Lead A/Prof Tomas Kalincik Medicine and Radiology
Multiple sclerosis: Long-term disability outcomes Project Lead A/Prof Tomas Kalincik Medicine and Radiology
Multiple sclerosis: Phenotypic characterisation Project Lead A/Prof Tomas Kalincik Medicine and Radiology
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Genetics of Neurodisability Research Group Leader Professor David Amor
Professor David Amor
Paediatrics
Musculoskeletal and Bone Health Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Neural Dynamics Laboratory Group Leader Dr Chris French
Medicine and Radiology
Neural Engineering and Brain Dynamics Co-Group Leaders Dr Dean Freestone & Dr Andre Peterson
Medicine and Radiology
Neural modelling of epileptic dynamics Project Lead Dr Andre Peterson Medicine and Radiology
Neurodevelopmental Genomics Research Laboratory Head Professor John Christodoulou
Professor John Christodoulou
Paediatrics
Neuroimaging Group Leader Professor Patricia Desmond
Medicine and Radiology
Neuroregeneration Associate Professor Alice Pebày
Surgery
Neurotrauma and Stroke Group Leader Dr Carli L Roulston
Medicine and Radiology
Neurotrophins - how do they influence neural firing and ion channels? Senior Research Fellow Dr Karina Needham Surgery
Ocular Biomarkers, Bioenergetics and Angiogenesis Research Group Head of Laboratory Dr Peter van Wijngaarden
Surgery
Ocular Genetics Head, Ocular Genetics Professor Paul N Baird
Surgery
Ophthalmic Epidemiology Group Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology Professor Mingguang He
Surgery
PARTY (Prevention Access Risk Taking in Young People) Deputy Head of Department Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
Petrovski Laboratory: Computational Genomics Group Leader Dr Slavé Petrovski
Medicine and Radiology
Pharmacogenomic studies in Multiple Sclerosis Project Lead Dr Vilija Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
Postoperative Quality of Recovery Co-director Colin Royse
Surgery
Posttraumatic Nightmares Deputy Director, Phoenix Australia Dr Andrea Phelps
Psychiatry
Prediction of long-term disease outcomes in people with Multiple Sclerosis or Clinically Isolated Syndromes Project Lead Dr Vilija G. Jokubaitis Medicine and Radiology
PROSPER: PRevalence Of unwanted Sexual contact: Pursuing Early Recognition Project Leader Dr Laura Tarzia General Practice
Proteomic profiles of psychotic symptom severity Senior Research Fellow Dr Chad Bousman Psychiatry
Psychosis & Developmental Neuropsychiatry RESEARCH STREAM LEADER Professor Christos Pantelis
Psychiatry
Psychosis and Sczhophrenia Chair of Psychiatry, St Vincent's Mental Health Unit, Department of Psychiatry University of Melbourne Professor David Castle
Psychiatry
Psychosocial Research Group Head of Group Professor Carol Harvey
Psychiatry
Quality of Life Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
RAndomised trial to imProve the quality of lIfe of people with Dementia (RAPID) Principal Researcher rofessor Nicola Lautenschlager (Melbourne Site)
Psychiatry
Rebooting the brain after stroke with electrical stimulation to promote functional recovery Project Leader Dr Carli L Roulston Medicine and Radiology
Rett Syndrome and related genes Project Leader Dr Nicole van Bergen Paediatrics
Ripple Director, Psychosocial Research Centre Professor Carol Harvey
Psychiatry
Risk identification and Risk Assessment Framework Project Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Role of calcitonin receptor in stressed cells and diseased tissues: a new paradigm based on expression in the pre-apoptotic cell stress response Group Leader Dr Peter J Wookey Medicine and Radiology
Safe Mothers, Safe Babies - Promoting safety and early parenting in high-risk relationships Director, Centre for Women's Mental Health, Royal Women's Hospital Professor Louise Newman
Psychiatry
Saving Brain and Changing Practice in Stroke Project Lead Professor Stephen Davis Medicine and Radiology
Self-help for Depression and Diabetes-related Distress in People With Type 2 Diabetes (SpringboarD) Project Leader (University of Melbourne) Professor Jane Gunn General Practice
Semple Laboratory: Developmental Neurotrauma Group Leader Dr Bridgette Semple
Medicine and Radiology
Sexual Abuse and Family Violence: SAFE Research Program Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty
General Practice
Single pulse electrical stimulation for epilepsy monitoring and tuning of DBS therapy Project Lead Dr Dean Freestone Medicine and Radiology
Single Session Family Consultation Director, Psychosocial Research Centre Professor Carol Harvey
Psychiatry
Social Affective Neurodevelopment (SAND) RESEARCH STREAM LEADER Associate Professor Sarah Whittle
Psychiatry
St Vincent's Mental Health Research Psychiatry
Stroke Imaging and Treatment Group Leader Associate Professor Bruce Campbell
Medicine and Radiology
Stroke Research Group Group Leader Professor Stephen Davis
Medicine and Radiology
Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) Project Lead 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 Group Leader Dr Kim Powell Medicine and Radiology
Survey of High Impact Psychosis (SHIP) Director, Psychosocial Research Centre Professor Carol Harvey
Psychiatry
Systems Neuropsychiatry RESEARCH STREAM LEADER Associate Professor Andrew Zalesky
Psychiatry
Targeting Astrogliosis to promote recovery after stroke Group Leader Dr Carli L Roulston Medicine and Radiology
TBI, Neurodegenerative Disease, and Proteinopathies Group Leader Dr Sandy Shultz Medicine and Radiology
The Collaborative AuTism Study (CATS) Professor Ingrid Scheffer
Medicine and Radiology
The CORE Study Project Leader Dr Victoria Palmer General Practice
The effect of polytrauma on TBI outcomes, and identifying novel treatment strategies Group Leader Dr Sandy Shultz Medicine and Radiology
The Link Project Deputy Head of Department Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
The Neuropsychiatry of Androgen Deprivation Chair of Psychiatrry Austin Health Professor Richard Kanaan
Psychiatry
The Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit Research Group Leader Dr Michelle Peate
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The role of the ubiquitin proteasome system in schizophrenia Group Leader Professor Ian Everall Psychiatry
The Stand Up & Go Study: Physical activity and sitting time reduction program for older community members Principal Researcher Professor Nicola Lautenschlager (Melbourne Site)
Psychiatry
The Target-D Trial Project Leader Professor Jane Gunn General Practice
The Vascular Bionics Laboratory Group Leaders Dr Nicholas Opie and Dr Thomas Oxley
Medicine and Radiology
Therapeutic Innovations in Affective Disorders Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry Professor Chee Ng
Psychiatry
Towards a patient-specific examination of epileptogenesis Project Lead Dr Andre Peterson Medicine and Radiology
Trans Medical Research Fund - Improving Transgender Health Dr Ada Cheung Medicine and Radiology
Translational Traumatic Brain Injury Laboratory Group Leader Dr Sandy Schultz
Medicine and Radiology
Trauma Research Group Director, Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Professor David Forbes
Psychiatry
Traumatic Injury Research Director of Research, Phoenix Australia Associate Professor Meaghan O'Donnell
Psychiatry
UDP - Victoria Project Leader Professor John Christodoulou Paediatrics
Understanding the outcomes, including their language, participation and quality of life, of children with autism Project Leader Prof Katrina Williams Paediatrics
Undestanding trajectories and biological underpinnings of children with autism who lose skills Project Leader Veronica Rose Paediatrics
Using systematic reviews to understand prognosis, diagnosis and effective interventions for children with neurodevelopmental difference and disability Project Leader Dr Kristine Egberts Paediatrics
Vascular Health Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Veteran and Military Mental Health Group Leader Professor David Forbes
Psychiatry
WITH: Women’s Input to a Trauma-informed systems model of care in Health settings Primary Investigator Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Women's Healthy Ageing Project Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology

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