Brain & Mental Health Research

The HMRI Brain and Mental Health Program blends the expertise of a unique and diverse group of researchers spanning basic neuroscience, psychology, clinical mental health, neurology and allied health. Our researchers are working to understand the intricate mechanisms underpinning human cognition, brain and nervous system disorders, mental health and wellbeing.

Research within the HMRI Brain and Mental Health Program spans the bench (laboratory based research) to the bedside (clinical practice), and includes cellular studies, modelling, human studies and interventions, clinical studies, translation to policy and practice. 

Our researchers are at the forefront of scientific discovery and translation across a broad range of research areas, including stroke, brain injury and rehabilitation, neuroscience, mental and physical health, cognition (psychology), ageing, pain, mood disorders, schizophrenia and community intervention.

The HMRI Brain and Mental Health Program is led by Professor Alan Brichta (representing Brain and Mental Health) and Associate Professor Neil Spratt (representing Stroke and Brain Injury).  The Brain and Mental Health Program works in conjunction with two Priority Research Centre’s of the University of Newcastle – the PRC for Stroke and Brain Injury (co-directed by Conjoint Professor Chris Levi) and the Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (co-directed by Professor Brian Kelly) – to generate world class research promoting scientific discovery, addressing real world problems, and advising optimal prevention, care and intervention to our communities. 

Research Program :
  • Brain & Mental Health
Research Topics :
Neuroscience
Research Program :
  • Brain & Mental Health
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Clinical Mental Health
Research Program :
  • Brain & Mental Health
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Stroke and Brain Injury
Professor Mark Parsons
Research Program :
  • Brain & Mental Health
Research Topics :
Stroke and Brain Injury
Associate Professor Neil Spratt | Clinical Neurologist
Research Program :
  • Brain & Mental Health
Research Topics :
Stroke and Brain Injury
Professor Philip Bolton
Research Program :
  • Brain & Mental Health
Research Topics :
Neuroscience

2016

Efferent modulation of hearing and the sense of balance
Project Grant
Tenecteplase versus Alteplase for Stroke Thrombolysis Evaluation (TASTE) trial
Project Grant
Researchers:

2015

Bringing CLARITY to brain cancer
Project Grant
Researchers:

Mr Jamie Flynn, William Palmer, Antony Martin, Craig Gedye

Description:

Cancer is an invasive, adaptive process that interacts and adapts to the microenvironment, subjugating the normal tissue around it to optimise growth and survival.

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Neuroimaging extension study for Cannabis Dependent Patients in an RCT of Cannabinoid Replacement Therapy (Sativex®)
Project Grant
Researchers:

Conjoint Associate Professor Adrian Dunlop, Dr Amanda Brown, Dr Chris Dayas, Associate Professor Peter Stanwell.
 

Greaves Family Early Career Support Grants
Project Grant
Researchers:
Description:

The Greaves Family Early Career Support grant will ensure Dr Andrew Gardner from the Brain and Mental Health can continue to grow his research program in Sports Concusion continue to propel him forward as a nationally and internationally recognised concussion researcher.

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Equal Futures Award
Project Grant
Researchers:

Suzanne Snodgrass

Description:

Completing these projects successfully and on time will enable me to more effectively leverage for project funding in 2016.

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Newcastle Innovation Commercialisation in Medical Research Grant - Drug Treatment for Myopia
Project Grant
Researchers:
Description:

Myopia (short-sightedness) is at epidemic levels across the world: in parts of Asia over 90% of young people are afflicted and in Australia and the USA the prevalence has doubled in recent years1.

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Development of a laboratory model to study adult motoneurons
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Melissa Tadros, Professor Robert Callister
 

Description:

Motoneuron disease (MND) is an incurable illness that affects one’s ability to move and interact with the environment. 

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Are problems with social skills related to poor quality of life for people with a diagnosis of dementia?
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Michelle Kelly, Professor Skye McDonald, Dr Tracy Brown, Ms Katryna Harman
 

Description:

​There are currently more than 342,000 people living with dementia in Australia, and an estimated 1.2 million people caring for them.

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Dizzy and Deaf – restoring signals from the inner ear
Project Grant
Description:

Hearing and balance problems arise due to ageing, environmental assaults, medications, disease, and genetic disorders. 

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Blocking the negative effects of stress on the brain to promote better healing of the brain after stroke
Project Grant
Researchers:

Associate Professor Frederick Rohan Walker, Dr Lin Ong, Dr Ming Yang, Associate Professor Sarah Johnson

Description:

It has recently been recognised that many stroke patients can experience what is known as ‘chronic phase decline” associated with gradual, but very significant, declines in both motor and cognitive function.

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Magnetic resonance spectroscopic GABA scanning of brain of MS patients for biochemical changes
Project Grant
Researchers:
Description:

Magnetic resonance imaging is not only important in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis but also to monitor therapy.

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Can methylfolate improve the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients, alone or in combination with the drug, Memantine
Project Grant
Description:

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E&J Thomas Medical Research Scholarship (extension)
Scholarship
Researchers:

Ms Ashlee Dunn

CLARITY Microscope
Equipment Grant
Researchers:

Dr Jamie Flynn, Anthony Martin, William Palmer

Description:

The CLARITY Microscope is a new technology that enables 3D imaging of tissues. It has caught the imagination and attention of one of our major donors who granted $150,000 to build a microscope here at HMRI as a shared service.

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Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant
Travel Grant
Description:

The proposed travel will include both a visit to an institution and attendance at a conference. 

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Joshua - Atkins Emlyn and Jennie Thomas Medical Research Postgraduate Scholarship
Scholarship
Researchers:

Mr Joshua Atkins, Associate Professor Murray Cairns, Dr Chantel Fitzsimmons
 

Description:

Schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders are among the world’s most debilitating brain diseases.

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A better understanding of intracranial pressure changes after brain injury
Project Grant
Researchers:

Associate Professor Neil Spratt, Damian McLeod, Lucy Murtha, Daniel Beard
 

Description:

Funding will be used to conduct preliminary studies of the effects of increased brain pressure (intracranial pressure) on blood flow after stroke.

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Novel Mechanisms of ‘Stroke-in-Progression’: Intracranial pressure elevation and collateral blood vessel failure after minor stroke
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Neil Spratt, Dr Damien McLeod

Description:

Ischaemic stroke, caused by blood clot blocking an artery to the brain, is a leading cause of death and disability.

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Travel Grant - AACR Conference, USA, April 2016 - Moira Graves
Travel Grant
Researchers:
Tenecteplase versus Alteplase for Stroke Thrombolysis Evaluation (TASTE) trial
Project Grant
Researchers:

2014

Award for Research Excellence - Brian Kelly
HMRI Award for Research Excellence
Researchers:
Determining factors within cerebrospinal fluid that influence intracranial pressure post-stroke.
Scholarship
Researchers:

Ms Rebecca Hood, Dr Neil Spratt 

Description:

Stroke is a leading cause of death disability in Australia. 

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Atropine as a treatment for myopia in children
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Sally McFadden, Dr Catherine Dunlop 

Description:

Short sightedness in children is rapidly rising as children spend more time doing “near work” activities such as mobile devices and less time outside.

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Can dietary folate supplementation slow down Alzheimer’s Disease?
Project Grant
Description:

With more than 1,700 new cases in Australia each week, Alzheimer’s Disease continues to be a huge burden on society, families and carers.

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Individually tailoring stroke rehabilitation using advanced imaging
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Andrew Bivard, Professor Mark Parsons 

Description:

Stroke causes a major global disease burden due to the long lasting disability of survivors. 

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Stimulating Kids with ADHD
Project Grant
Description:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is the most frequently diagnosed childhood disorder in Australia affecting up to 11% of children and adolescents according to the National Survey of Mental Health and Well-being.

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Modulation of emotion by gut signals to the brain
Project Grant
Maintaining our cognitive abilities as we grow old: preventing the effects of ageing on the brain
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Douglas Smith, Associate Professor Rohan Walker 

Assisting post-menopausal women towards healthy ageing - can resveratrol enhance mood and counteract cognitive decline?
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Peter Howe, Dr Rachel Wong, Professor Andrew Scholey

Description:

Menopause is a natural transition in every woman’s life, marking the end of fertility. Some women transit with little or no symptoms, while others suffer the onslaught of mood swings, hot flushes, insomnia and ‘brain fog’, which can last for many years.

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CATCH IT: Developing a safe and ultra-reliable measure of chronic stress to prevent stress-related complications in recovery from stroke
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Frederick Rohan Walker, Professor Michael Nilsson

Description:

To our understanding this will be the first dedicated project assessing the levels of chronic stress using a reliable biometric procedure ever undertaken.

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Neuroimaging Biomarkers of Recovery: Longitudinal Imaging Study in the Rehabilitation Phase post-Acute Ischemic Stroke (NEUROLISS)
Project Grant
Researchers:
Description:

The proposed project is highly significant because it will, for the first time, to accurately map the changes that occur in the brain following stoke and identify patters for good clinical outcomes.

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Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Award - The involvement of the lateral hypothalamic orexin system in motivational behaviours
Travel Grant
Researchers:

Ms Erin Campbell, Chris Dayas, Deborah Hodgson 

Development of a new treatment to prevent blindness from degenerative myopia
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Sally McFadden, Professor Dan Schwartz, Associate Professor Paul Baird, Professor Julia Kornfield 

Description:

Myopic (short-sighted) eyes are too long for their optical power because of excessive growth.

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Novel Mechanisms of ‘Stroke-in-Progression’: Intracranial pressure elevation and collateral blood vessel failure after minor stroke
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Neil Spratt, Dr Damien McLeod 

Description:

Ischaemic stroke, caused by blood clot blocking an artery to the brain, is a leading cause of death and disability. In around 10% of patients the stroke enlarges in the first 24-48 h (stroke-in-progression).

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Tenecteplase versus Alteplase for Stroke Thrombolysis Evaluation (TASTE) trial
Project Grant
Researchers:
Optogenetics Neuronal Stimulation and Imaging Platform
Equipment Grant
Researchers:

Dr Christopher Dayas, Brett Graham 

Genetic and Environmental Determinants of Depressive Symptoms: Trajectory and Outcomes in a Longitudinal Population Data Set
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Brian Kelly, Associate Professor Paul Tooney, Professor Rodney Scott, Professor John Attia, Dr Murray Cairns, Prof Vaughan Carr 

Description:

This project comprises the analysis of DNA samples obtained within the NHRMC funded 5-year longitudinal study of mental health among rural community residents.

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Role of infection in the development of Parkinson's Disease
Project Grant
Researchers:

Associate Professor Phillip Dickson, Emeritus Professor Peter Dunkley 

Description:

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, with 6.3 million people diagnosed worldwide; 80,000 of these are Australian.

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Enriched Environment in Rehabilitation - A Phase II Trial
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Heidi Janssen, Neil Spratt, Michael Nilsson 

Description:

The first 6 months have been spent setting up project and applying for further funding.

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Here's looking at you kid: Face processing, emotional availability and reflective functioning in mothers with post natal depression
Project Grant
Description:

The proposed study is significant and timely, and examines the important public health issue of postnatal depression, a debilitating disorder that impacts on the individual, the infant and the broader family.

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2013

Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health Program Bridge Funding
Fellowship
Researchers:

Dr Heidi Janssen 

Description:

Heidi has a strong translational focus in her work and was the first to translate the use of environmental enrichment from the laboratory into the clinical setting for use with patients undergoing inpatient stroke rehabilitation.

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Combining startle reflex modulation with serious gaming technologies to determine engagement and impact on depression and binge drinking in young people: The SHADoW Study
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Frances Kay-Lambkin, Peter Walla, Keith Nesbitt 

Description:

Making use of gaming technologies to help young people suffering from depression and binge drinking

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Establishing a primary care-integrated service model for young people with an emerging mental illness - A proof-of-concept study
Project Grant
Mapping whole-brain metabolic networks
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Renate Thienel, Frini Karayanidis, Juanita Todd, Peter Stanwell, Mark Parsons, Chris Levi

Description:

Mapping networks in the brain

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An Evaluation of Transitional Care for Stroke Patients
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Ashley Kable, Amanda Baker, Dimity Pond, Alyna Turner, Chris Levi, Carolyn Hullick 

Description:

Evaluating transitional care - When a stoke patient goes home

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Improving Fitness, Function, Fatigue and Feelings through physical Fun: a pilot trial for stroke survivors IFFFFF
Project Grant
Description:

Stroke is common in Australia and the number of people experiencing stroke will increase with the ageing population.

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Scleral and Retinal Mechanisms Underlying Regional Changes in Myopia
Project Grant
Researchers:
Description:

Myopic (short-sighted) eyes are too long for their optical power because of excessive growth.

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Functional characterisation of schizophrenia-associated neurodevelopment dysfunction of miR-137.
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Murray Cairns, Rohan Walker, Alan Brichta, Natalie Beveridge 

Understanding the role of microglia in stress-induced changes in the neuronal connectivity
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Frederick Rohan Walker 

Description:

Persistent exposure to stressful events can produce serious and lasting disturbances in cognitive function and mood state. 

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The genetic determinants of brain haemorrhage associated with stroke thrombolysis
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Christopher Levi, J. Sturmm, Mark Parsons, Neil Spratt, A. Loiselle, B. O'Brien, V. Zenteno, L.Holliday, Rodney Scott, J. Maguire 

Description:

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in Australia and the second leading cause of death.

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Addictive drugs rewire the hypothalamus to drive relapse through brain ‘reward’ circuits.
Project Grant
Researchers:
Identifying novel pharmacological targets for drug relapse
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Christopher Dayas, Brett Graham 

Enriched Environment in Rehabilitation - A Phase II Trial
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Heidi Janssen, Neil Spratt, Michael Nilsson

Description:

The environmental enrichment project, ‘Altering the Rehabilitation Environment to Improve Stroke Survivor Activity (AREISSA): A Phase II Trial’

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Greater Charitable Foundation Fellows in Stroke Research
Fellowship
Description:

This funding was provided to fund the vanguard phase of two clinical trials in stroke:

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Here's looking at you kid: Face processing, emotional availability and reflective functioning in mothers with post natal depression
Project Grant
Description:

The proposed study is significant and timely, and examines the important public health issue of postnatal depression, a debilitating disorder that impacts on the individual, the infant and the broader family.

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Quota International funding
Project Grant

2012

HMRI PhD Student Travel Award
Project Grant
Researchers:

Ms Sarah Hiles
 

PhD Student Pulse Travel Award 'Dopamine 2013'
Project Grant
Researchers:

 Morgan James, Chris Dayas
 

Greater Charitable Foundation Fellows in Stroke Research
Project Grant
Telemetry measurement of Intracranial Pressure in Stroke and Hypothermia
Project Grant
Researchers:
Men, Depression and social networks in rural communities: linking epidemiologic evidence to effective interventions
Scholarship
Researchers:

Professor Brian KellyJohn Attia, Frances Kay-Lambkin, Terry Lewin, Amanda Baker, Trevor Hazell
 

2011

Here's looking at you kid: Face processing, emotional availability and reflective functioning in mothers with post natal depression
Project Grant
Intrinsic and synaptic properties of propriospinal neurons
Project Grant
Researchers:

Jamie Flynn,  Antony Martin, William Palmer
 

The role of brain vasular flow and white matter lesions in the development of Vascular Dementia (VaD) - Tomago Aluminium Research Grant in Dementia
Project Grant
Researchers:

Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis, Pat Michie, Tod Jolly, Pat Cooper, Clevi, Mark Parsons, Peter Scholfield
 

Beyond Perfusion: MRS to Characterise Metabolic Changes in the Ischaemic Brain - Project Grant
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Mark Parsons, Dr PT Stanwell
 

HMRI Exchange Visit Prize
Project Grant
Researchers:
Testing for N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antibodies in a large Australian cohort of schizophrenia patients
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Paul Tooney, Ute Vollmer-Conna, Paul Rasser, Pat Michie, Ulrich Schall, Carmel Loughland

Award for Research Excellence - Amanda Baker
HMRI Award for Research Excellence
Researchers:
Experimental brain imaging to investigate novel protective mechanisms of short duration body cooling after stroke - Dalara Foundation Stroke Research Project Grant
Project Grant
Relationships between white matter lesions and cognitive and motor functioning in patients with minor ischaemic stroke: A structural and functional brain imaging study - RhD 2yr
Scholarship
Researchers:

Dr Frini Karayanidis, Mark Parsons, Chris Levi, Grant Bateman, Patricia Michie, Peter Schofield & Todd Jolly
 

Testing Stroke Sonothrombolysis Using An Improved Experimental Model Of Thromboembolic Stroke - Travel Grant
Project Grant
Researchers:

 Amelia Tomkins
 

Men, Depression and social networks in rural communities: linking epidemiologic evidence to effective interventions
Scholarship
Researchers:

Professor Brian KellyJohn Attia, Frances Kay-Lambkin, Terry Lewin, Amanda Baker, Trevor Hazell
 

2010

Relationships between white matter lesions and cognitive and motor functioning in patients with minor ischaemic stroke: A structural and functional brain imaging study - RhD 2yr
Scholarship
Researchers:

Dr Frini KarayanidisMark Parsons, Chris Levi, Grant Bateman, Patricia Michie, Peter Schofield & Todd Jolly
 

Establishing the effectiveness of antineuroinflammatory agents in the fight against depression
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Frederick Rohan Walker, Professor Trevor Day
 

How do immune and nervous systems interact in arthritis
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Phillip Jobling, Brett Graham
 

Here's looking at you kid: Face processing, emotional availability and reflective functioning in mothers with post natal depression
Project Grant
Adult lifestyle incentives for vitality and energy (ALIVE): Supporting health professionals to assist clients with weight management through lifestyle changes
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Suzanne Snodgrass, Professor Clare Collins, Carole James, Ashley Kable, Maya Guest, Samantha Ashby, Ron Plotnikof, Pat McElduff

Role of CaMKII Targeting in Stroke susceptibility and outcome
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor John Rostas, Neil Spratt, Kathryn Skelding, Sarah McCann

Pulse Education Prize
Project Grant
Researchers:

Jane Maguire 

Pulse Education Prize
Project Grant
Researchers:
The central neural pathway that controls the release of catecholamines from the adrenal medulla: it is impaired in hypertension?
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Peter Dunkley, Ann Goodchild 

A structural and functional brain imaging study of how white matter lesions in patients with minor ischaemic stroke affect cognitive and motor control processes
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Frini Karayanidis, Mark Parsons, Patricia Michie, Christopher Levi, Sharna Jamadar, Matthew Hughes, Peter Schofield, Dr Grant Bateman

Analysis of schizophrenia-associated gene and mircoRNA signatures in purified CD4 and CD8 positive T-cells
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Murray Cairns, Jingqin Wu, Paul Tooney, Rodney Scott 

PULSE Early Career Researcher Grant - Characterising the synaptic physiology of orexin neurons in response to cocaine: implications for drug relapse
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Christopher Dayas, Dr Brett Graham 

Vascular Ischemia Study
Project Grant
Researchers:
Improving Patient Selection for Highly Effective Stroke Therapy - GBS Fellow in Stroke Research
Fellowship
Researchers:
Men, Depression and social networks in rural communities: linking epidemiologic evidence to effective interventions
Scholarship
Researchers:

Professor Brian Kelly, John Attia, Frances Kay-Lambkin, Terry Lewin, Amanda Baker, Trevor Hazell 

2009

Award for Research Excellence - Chris Levi
HMRI Award for Research Excellence
Barker Scholarship PhD Award - Jennifer White
Scholarship
Researchers:

Jennifer White

Xstrata Coal Research Fellowship in Depression
Fellowship
Researchers:
Towards better early imaging in stroke: use of an experimental model to investigate CT brain perfusion
Project Grant

2008

PhD Top-Up
Scholarship
Researchers:

Ms Isobel Hubbard
 

A novel approach to developing new treatments for anxiety: Identification of neural pathways underlying resistance and susceptibility to anxiety disorders.
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Frederick Rohan Walker
 

Brain Science and Young People’s Mental Health: A gene expression study in young people at ultra high risk of developing schizophrenia
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Paul Tooney, Professor Pat Michie, Associate Professor Ulrich SchallProfessor Rodney Scott, Dr Helen Stain, Ms Rebbe

Recovery of the balance system following injury
Project Grant
A road map of schizophrenia associated with gene & miRNA expression in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Murray Cairns, Dr Paul Tooney
 

A randomised controlled trail of mild hypothermia in acute ischaemic stroke
Project Grant
Researchers:
Implementation of computerised screening for depressive symptoms in CVD patients.
Equipment Grant
Researchers:

Dr Alyna Turner
 

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Youth Mental Health Research
Fellowship

2007

Translation of novel neuroprotection and stoke recovery strategies from laboratory to the clinic.
Project Grant
Researchers:
Visio-Cognitive deficits in schizophrenia patients and their first degree relatives
Project Grant
Researchers:
Characterisation of the brain mechanisms linking vulnerability to stress and vulnerability to drug addiction
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Christopher Dayas, Professor Trevor Day, Dr Douglas Smith
 

A functional MRI and tractography study of the effect of early upper limb therapy on brain plasticity after stroke
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Timothy Budd, Dr Mark Parsons, Dr Chris Levi
 

Molecular mechanisms underlying myopia and its reversal
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Sally McFadden, Prof David V Pow
 

Identifying new spinal cord targets for pain management
Project Grant
Researchers:

Mr Brett Graham, Professor RJ Callister
 

A functional MRI study of Upper limb therapy in acute stroke
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Mark Parsons, Dr Bill Budd, Dr Chris Levi
 

Genetic polymorphisms in the native thrombolytic systems as risk factors for ischaemic stroke
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Christopher Levi, Dr John Attia, Professor Rodney Scott, Dr Amanda Thrift
 

Keeping Brain Cells alive in Stroke Treatment
Fellowship
Researchers:

Dr Christopher Levi, Professor Mike Calford, Dr Mark Parsons
 

Research Fellowship - Ms Linda Campbell
Fellowship
Award for Early Career Research - Mark Parsons
HMRI Award for Early Career Research
Researchers:

2006

Award for Early Career Research - Carmel Loughland
HMRI Award for Early Career Research
Researchers:
The effectiveness of inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation in the Hunter
Project Grant
Researchers:
Perinatal programming of human anxiety disorders
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Deborah Hodgson, Dr Vicki Clifton
 

How does the nervous system process painful information from the uterus
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Phillip Jobling
 

The visual form and motion test as a measure of post-cardiac surgery cognitive impartment
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Neva Bull, Associate Professor M Hunter, Chris Levi
 

The spatial and temporal dynamics of motor and cognitive inhibition in schizophrenia; an fMRI and ERP study
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Frini Karayanidis, Professor Pat Michie
 

Control of Dopamine synthesis and Parkinsons' Disease
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Phillip Dickson, Professor Peter Dunkley
 

2005

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Brain and Mental Health
Project Grant
Researchers:
D-serine localization suggests microglia may contribute to over of under excitation in the pathological brain and retina
Project Grant
Researchers:

Prof David Pow, Dr Claudia Diaz
 

Novel spinal cord targets for pain management
Project Grant
Investigating the link between auditory systems plasticity and tinnitus
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Carl Parsons, Dr Mike Calford
 

The Creation of a Human Bio-hazardous material research Facility
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr David Pow

Objective measures of empathy: clinical application to aggressive children and adolescents
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Mark Chorlton, Dr Frini Karayanidis, Prof K Nunn
 

Vitamin B12 and Gene interactions in autism
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Michelle Adams, Dr MD Lucock,  Associate Professor J Stuart
 

Equipment Grant - Wide Gel Format Western Blot Apparatus
Equipment Grant
Researchers:

Dr Phillip Dickson
 

Equipment Grant - Wide Gel Format Western Blot Apparatus
Equipment Grant
Researchers:

Dr Phillip Dickson
 

2004

Facial identify and facial expression processing in autism
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Frini Karayanidis, Professor P Michie, Professor K Nunn, Mr T Passfield, Mr P Johnston
 

Preoperative screening to identify patients at increased risk of adverse in-hospital post-surgical outcomes
Project Grant
Researchers:
Investigation of the contribution of the use of cannabis in the development of schizophrenia in genetically predisposed individuals
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Fraser Ross, Dr P Tooney
 

Examine Genetic Factors that could influence blood clot formation and Breakdown
Project Grant
Researchers:
Continuing the search for the elusive causes of autism
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Gillian Turner, Dr Lynn Banna
 

2003

Byles Nutrition Screen
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor John Rostas
 

Mental Health Research
Equipment Grant
Identifying patients at increased risk of adverse post-surgical outcomes
Project Grant
Researchers:
Study of receptor interaction which may trigger schizophrenia
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Fraser Ross, Dr Paul Tooney
 

Identification of brain pathways that control our physical responses to psychosocial stress.
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Trevor Day
 

Novel genetic and environmental risk factors in thrombosis
Project Grant
Researchers:
Intra Mycardialial injection of autogous Bone Marrow cells in patients with end stage ischaemic heart disease.
Project Grant
Researchers:
Investigation of Executive Function in Cannabis Using Non Psychotic and First episode psychosis patients 0 a comparative structural and functional brain imaging (fMRI) study - Cost Centre 6731552
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Patrick Johnston, Martin Cohen, Ulrich Schall

Award for Early Career Research - Amanda Baker
HMRI Award for Early Career Research
Researchers:

2002

Using brain imaging techniques to determines how people with schizophrenia process sound
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Timothy Budd, Professor Pat Michie, Dr Juanita & Dr Ulrich Schall

Investigating brain function and cannabis use in patients with first episode schizophrenia
Project Grant
Researchers:

Mr Patrick Johnston, Dr Martin Cohen and Dr Ulrich Schall

Award for Research Excellence - Peter Dunkley
HMRI Award for Research Excellence

2001

Sampling of brain synthesised steroids involved in increasing inhibition in axiolytic response.
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Michael Calford, Associate Professor Ei von Eagy Felsobuki
 

The development of microarray technology of biomedical research in the Hunter Region.
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Paul Tooney, Professor Rodney Scott
 

Award for Research Excellence - Nikolai Bogduk
HMRI Award for Research Excellence
Researchers:

Nikolai Bogduk

Award for Early Career Research - Patrick Johnston
HMRI Award for Early Career Research
Researchers:

Patrick Johnston

2000

The effects of lead on cells.
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Peter Dunkley, Dr Perry Hartfeilf
 

Switching between tasks in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and control children: A behavioural and electrophysiological study
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Frini Karayanidis, Professor Phillip Hazel
 

"Influence of glycaemic control on outcome after acute ischaemic stoke in diabetic patients. Later known as 03-22"
Fellowship
Researchers:

Dr Christopher Levi, Dr Julia Lowe
 

1999

The sites of action for a new class of antidepressant drug
Project Grant
Researchers:

Associate Professor Loris Chahl,  Dr Paul Tooney
 

1998

Stroke Research - Dextran in Carotid Endarterectomy
Project Grant
Researchers: