Professor Ulrich Schall

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2008 Fellowship
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2007 Fellowship
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2003 Equipment Grant
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What are your research interests?

Cognitive neuroscience aims to understand normal and impaired brain function as it occurs in mental illness. This understanding is fundamental when aiming to improve the treatment of mental illness. My research interests include exploring the genetics and molecular mechanisms underlying mental illness and how they impact on brain functions, which give rise to the symptoms commonly seen in mental illness.

Why did you get into reseach?

The frustration of how little we know about mental illness compared to other medical conditions has frustrated me as a doctor and continues to motivate me in my work as scientist.

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

Finding a cure for conditions like autism, schizophrenia, depression or bipolar disorder would be the ultimate goal.

Brief Profile

Professor Schall's career began in Germany as a psychologist with a strong interest in neuroscience. The realisation that neuroscience can help to better understand mental illness motivated him to become a psychiatrist. He earned his academic credentials in Germany by completing a PhD in Neuroscience, a MD in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and DSc (Habilitation) in Biological Psychology & Neuropsychology.

He joined the University of Newcastle in 1999 as Senior Lecturer where he developed a successful research pogram investigating conditions like schizophrenia, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. As a clinician he sees patients at the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service of Hunter New England Health and EDUCARE. 

Throughout his career Professor Schall has attracted more than $9.5 million in competitive research funding. This includes the successful application as Principal Investigator for the largest mental health Project Grant ($1.5m) that was funded by the NHMRC in 2008 to conduct a multi-centre study into prodromal schizophrenia over 5 years.

He has been awarded 52 competitive grants in the past 10 years. His new position as Chair in Schizophrenia Research is supported by NSW Department of Science & Technology, NSW Department of Health, SRI, the Hunter Medical Research Institute, and the University of Newcastle with $3.2m for 2012-2017. In February 2013, Web of Science recorded a total of 168 career publications for the period of 1986-2013 (74 as first/last author) with a total of 1,227 citations. Google Scholar calculates Ulrich’s h-index as 26. 

Future Focus

Improving treatment of mental illness is gradual process and can be painstakingly slow. However, every new discovery can potentially lead to better treatment with less adverse side effects for those in need in our community. Hence, the future focus lies in discovering what drives mental illness and how to prevent and even cure it.

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Standard clinical and neuropsychological assessment tools
  • Psychophysiological (EEG-based) brain function measures
  • Structural and functional brain imaging techniques

Affiliations

2017

Do sensory symptoms impact outcomes of the Alert Program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
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"Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects learning, social participation and daily function across the lifespan. Approximately 35,000 school-aged Australian children live with ASD; 95% of these experience educational restrictions. ASD has no known cure, and its causes are poorly understood due to the variability in how the disorder emerges and presents. Further, available treatments are only moderately successful and are not effective for all children with ASD. Knowledge about what (intervention) is likely to work for whom is missing from the field.

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2014

Stimulating Kids with ADHD
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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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2013

Establishing a primary care-integrated service model for young people with an emerging mental illness - A proof-of-concept study
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2011

Testing for N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antibodies in a large Australian cohort of schizophrenia patients
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Researchers:

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

2008

Brain Science and Young People’s Mental Health: A gene expression study in young people at ultra high risk of developing schizophrenia
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Dr Paul Tooney, Professor Pat Michie, Associate Professor Ulrich SchallProfessor Rodney Scott, Dr Helen Stain, Ms Rebbe

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Youth Mental Health Research
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2007

Research Fellowship - Ms Linda Campbell
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2003

Mental Health Research
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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
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Researchers:

Dr Patrick Johnston, Martin Cohen, Ulrich Schall

2002

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

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

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

Mr Patrick Johnston, Dr Martin Cohen and Dr Ulrich Schall