Neuroscience

Our research programs in neuroscience, cell and developmental biology, and anatomical sciences aim to understand fundamental biological mechanisms in order to develop new treatments for injury and disease states.

Groups / Projects Research Lead Dept / Centre
Allen laboratory: Central cardiovascular regulation Professor Andrew Allen
Physiology
Alzheimer's disease Professor Roberto Cappai Pathology
Anderson laboratory: Neural proliferation and differentiation A/Prof Colin Anderson
Dr Kylie Cane
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Angiotensin and chemoreceptor function Professor Andrew Allen Physiology
Apolipoproteins and amyloid fibril formation in disease Dr Michael Griffin Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Autologous stem cell therapies in Australia Associate Professor Megan Munsie Anatomy and Neuroscience
Barrett laboratory: Neural plasticity and neurotrophins Associate Professor Graham Barrett
Physiology
Bornstein laboratory: Enteric neuroscience Professor Joel C Bornstein
Physiology
Brock laboratory: Autonomic and sensory neuroscience A/Professor James Brock
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Can drug-like mimetics of BDNF promote remyelination after injury? Dr Junhua Xiao Anatomy and Neuroscience
Cappai laboratory: Alzheimer's disease, prion disease, Parkinson's disease and Traumatic Brain Injury Professor Roberto Cappai
Pathology
Cell state and cell fate: Systems biology approaches to understanding cell identity Professor Christine Wells Anatomy and Neuroscience
Characterisation of cerebrovascular reactivity to vasoactive agents, in particular adrenoceptors and endothelin receptors Associate Professor Christine Wright Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Characterizing allosteric sites and conformational diversity of G-protein coupled receptors Associate Professor Paul Gooley Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Contemplating stem cells in society Dr Claire Tanner Anatomy and Neuroscience
Crack laboratory: Neuropharmcology Associate Professor Peter Crack
Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Crouch laboratory: Neurodegenerative disease Dr Peter Crouch
Pathology
De Iongh laboratory: Ocular development laboratory A/Prof Robb de Iongh
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Dental morphology Dr Varsha Pilbrow Anatomy and Neuroscience
Detecting and mapping different protein conformations in live cells Associate Professor Danny Hatters Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Determining neuronal identity during development Dr Kylie Cane Anatomy and Neuroscience
Development of autonomic and nociceptive circuits Professor Janet Keast Anatomy and Neuroscience
Discovery of polyQ ataxin-1 regulation and regulators Associate Professor Marie Bogoyevitch Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Factors that accelerate photoreceptor death: The role of purines Professor Erica Fletcher Anatomy and Neuroscience
Fast foods: Harmful effects of food products on the intestine and liver – AGEs and RAGEs Dr Leni Rivera Anatomy and Neuroscience
Fletcher laboratory: Visual neuroscience Professor Erica Fletcher
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Furness laboratory: Digestive physiology and nutrition Professor John Furness
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Gleeson laboratory: Membrane trafficking and protein sorting in health and disease and development of new therapeutics Professor Paul Gleeson
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Glial cells as a source of progenitor cells in degenerative disease Professor Erica Fletcher Anatomy and Neuroscience
Gooley laboratory: Structural biology of disease Associate Professor Paul Gooley
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Griffin laboratory: Functional and mis-functional protein-protein interactions Dr Michael Griffin
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Growth factors and peptide mimetics Dr Susan Northfield Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Gunnersen laboratory: Neuron development and plasticity Dr Jenny Gunnersen
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Hatters laboratory: Protein misfolding and proteostasis in neurodegenerative diseases Associate Professor Danny Hatters
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
How BDNF signalling controls myelination? Dr Simon Murray Anatomy and Neuroscience
How does GM-CSF prevent brain damage after traumatic injury? Dr Jenny Gunnersen
Dr Sandy Shultz
Anatomy and Neuroscience
How does inflammation affect the activity of primary afferent neurons that innervate bone? Dr Jason Ivanusic Anatomy and Neuroscience
How does Relaxin activate its G-protein coupled receptor? Associate Professor Paul Gooley Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
How does Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affect the infant brain? Associate Professor Ann Turnley Anatomy and Neuroscience
How sensory signals are detected: Structure function relationships in peripheral sensory nerve terminals Associate Professor James Brock Anatomy and Neuroscience
How sensory signals are detected: Structure function relationships in peripheral sensory nerve terminals Dr Jason Ivanusic Anatomy and Neuroscience
Hoyer laboratory: Translational neuroscience Professor Daniel Hoyer
Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Hughes laboratory: Drug design Associate Professor Tony Hughes
Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Hypothalamic modulation of basal sympathetic activity Professor Andrew Allen Physiology
Improving bladder health after spinal cord injury Associate Professor James Brock Anatomy and Neuroscience
Improving recovery of injured visceral nerves and their spinal control centres Professor Janet Keast Anatomy and Neuroscience
Innate immunity and neural injury Associate Professor Peter Crack Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Is the “shed” form of Sez-6 proteins responsible for their synapse-promoting effects? Dr Jenny Gunnersen
Dr Kathryn Munro
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Ivanusic laboratory: Pain and sensory mechanisms Dr Jason Ivanusic
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Keast & Osborne laboratory: Neural development, injury and pain Professor Janet Keast & Dr Peregrine Osborne
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Kilpatrick laboratory: Neuroimmunology of Multiple Sclerosis Professor Trevor Kilpatrick
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Lawson laboratory: Neurodegenerative disease caused by prions Associate Professor Vicki Lawson
Pathology
Live cell imaging of neural crest cell migration along the developing gut Professor Heather Young
Professor Heather Young
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Lynch laboratory: Basic and clinical myology Professor Gordon Lynch
Physiology
Mapping the distribution of angiotensin receptors in the brain Professor Andrew Allen Physiology
Mature and developing synaptic transmission between defined classes of enteric neurons Dr Jaime Foong
Physiology
Mechanisms of growth factor signalling Dr Simon Murray Anatomy and Neuroscience
Munsie laboratory: Ethical, legal and social implications of stem cell research Associate Professor Megan Munsie
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Murray & Xiao laboratory: Neurotrophin and myelin Dr Simon Murray & Dr Junhua Xiao
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Neuroscience
Novel drugs and receptors for targeting digestive function Dr Leni Rivera Anatomy and Neuroscience
Nutrition: How micronutrients modify digestive function Dr Brid Callaghan Anatomy and Neuroscience
Ordidge: Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit Professor Roger Ordidge
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Oxidative stress and neural injury Associate Professor Peter Crack Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Parkinson's disease Professor Roberto Cappai Pathology
Patient voices: An analysis of patients’ information-based priorities and needs Associate Professor Megan Munsie Anatomy and Neuroscience
Pera laboratory: Human pluripotent stem cells Professor Martin Pera
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Pilbrow laboratory: Physical (biological) anthropology Dr Varsha Pilbrow
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Potential of cell therapy to treat Hirschsprung’s disease Professor Heather Young
Dr Lincon Stamp
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Probing microtubule organisation Associate Professor Marie Bogoyevitch Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Proliferation of enteric neuron precursors Professor Heather Young
Professor Heather Young
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Regulation of BDNF/TrkB signalling by suppressor of cytokine signalling-2 (SOCS2) Associate Professor Ann Turnley Anatomy and Neuroscience
Relaxin family peptide hormones Associate Professor Tony Hughes Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Role of Sez-6 in cocaine self‐administration and extinction Dr Jenny Gunnersen
Professor Andrew Lawrence
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Role of SOCS3 in defective muscle repair during ageing Professor Gordon Lynch Physiology
Saunders laboratory: Developmental neuroscience and neurotrauma Professor Norman Saunders
Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Signals for endosomal sorting in development and disease Professor Paul Gleeson Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Skeletal morphology Dr Varsha Pilbrow Anatomy and Neuroscience
Spinal cord injury: Failure of bowel control Dr Brid Callaghan Anatomy and Neuroscience
Stress granules Associate Professor Danny Hatters Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Stroke Associate Professor Peter Crack Pharmacology and Therapeutics
The effect of vasopressor therapy on cerebral oxygen delivery Associate Professor Christine Wright Pharmacology and Therapeutics
The Enteric Neural Circuitry Activated During Bacterial-toxin Induced Diarrhoea Dr Jaime Foong Physiology
The GDNF family, peripheral nerve regeneration and pain Professor Janet Keast Anatomy and Neuroscience
The influence of neurotrophin signalling upon the generation of myelin Dr Simon Murray Anatomy and Neuroscience
The link between cardiovascular disease and neurodegeneration – focus on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases Associate Professor Christine Wright Pharmacology and Therapeutics
The molecular basis of the propagation of molecular strain types of prions Associate Professor Vicki Lawson Pathology
The role of Egr genes in retinal remodelling A/Prof Robb de Iongh
Anatomy and Neuroscience
The Role of enteric neurons in gastrointestinal symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum disorders Dr Elisa Hill-Yardin Physiology
The role of glia in inner retinal changes during retinal degeneration Professor Erica Fletcher Anatomy and Neuroscience
The role of glial cells in retinal vascular disease Professor Erica Fletcher Anatomy and Neuroscience
The role of glycosaminoglycan in the propagation of prions Associate Professor Vicki Lawson Pathology
The role of Hedgehog signalling during ocular morphogenesis A/Prof Robb de Iongh
Anatomy and Neuroscience
The role of microglia in age-related macular degeneration Professor Erica Fletcher Anatomy and Neuroscience
The Stemformatics Stem Cell Atlas Rowland Mosbergen Anatomy and Neuroscience
The structure of the IL-11 signalling complex Dr Michael Griffin Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The unique features of visceral pain Professor Janet Keast Anatomy and Neuroscience
Therapeutic potential of Heat Shock Protein 72 induction in muscular dystrophy Professor Gordon Lynch Physiology
Tracking the aggregation knetics of mutant proteins in cells Associate Professor Danny Hatters Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Transgenic approach to reprogramming retinal glia to stem/progenitor cells A/Prof Robb de Iongh
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Traumatic brain injury Associate Professor Peter Crack Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Turnley laboratory: Neural regeneration A/Prof Ann Turnley
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Uncovering the interplay between innate immunity and the blood brain barrier in disorders of the CNS Professor Christine Wells Anatomy and Neuroscience
Understanding neuro-urothelial communication Professor Janet Keast Anatomy and Neuroscience
Understanding the aetiology of hypertension Professor Andrew Allen Physiology
Understanding the molecular basis of myelin repair Dr Junhua Xiao Anatomy and Neuroscience
Understanding the role of angiotensin in the rostral ventrolateral medulla Professor Andrew Allen Physiology
Wells laboratory: Stem cell systems Professor Christine Wells
Anatomy and Neuroscience
What is the function of Sez6L2 in the forebrain? Dr Jenny Gunnersen
Dr Kathryn Munro
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Wright laboratory: Cardiovascular Associate Professor Christine E Wright
Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Young laboratory: Development of the enteric nervous system Prof Heather Young
Anatomy and Neuroscience