The main aim of the Neuroscience Division is to increase our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underpin the capacity of the human brain to learn and to think, and the alterations in neuronal systems involved in disorders such as Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, eating disorders, hearing loss and pain.
We are utilising many techniques, including basic molecular biology, genomics, transgenic animal models, sophisticated imaging and integrated physiology approaches. In particular, we hope to find ways to regenerate the nervous system for therapeutic purposes and to better understand the brain's control of body functions, particularly the regulation of energy balance (intake and expenditure), which affects fertility, mood, weight gain and physical fitness.
Research Laboratories and Groups
Eating Disorders Lab (Lab Head: Prof Herbert Herzog)
Energy Expenditure Group (Group Leader: Dr Lei Zhang)
Hearing Research Lab (Lab Head: Prof David Ryugo)
Brain Circuits for Hearing Group (Group Leader: Dr Michael Muniak)
Parkinson's Disease and Neurodegeneration Lab (Lab Head: A/Prof Antony Cooper)
RNA Biology and Plasticity Lab (Lab Head: Prof John Mattick)
Epitranscriptomics and RNA Dynamics Group (Group Leader: Dr Eva Maria Novoa Pardo)
Dr Kishore Kumar, NHMRC Early Career Fellow, Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics