Neurological Development and Disease is a multidisciplinary research program established to identify the neurological determinants of childhood and adult illness.
We are a group of researchers with diverse and complementary skills and expertise in molecular, pharmacological, functional physiology and behavioural techniques.
The scope of our research encompasses true bench-to-bedside capabilities and addresses important biomedical problems including poor fetal growth, obesity, cardiovascular disease, schizophrenia and stroke.
Some of our past and current research projects include the following.
- Fundamental development of the brain and peripheral nervous system
- Early origins of major disorders (e.g. cerebral palsy, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy)
- Impact of compromised pregnancy on fertility, cardiovascular, renal, lung and gastro-intestinal systems
- Perinatal programming of adult disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease
- Influence of diet and the microbiome on development
- Central nervous system and spinal cord plasticity after stroke, and injury
- Anaesthetic exposure on neurobehavioral and mental health outcomes in children, gut-brain axis
- Impact of obstructive sleep apnoea on chronic neurological disorders such as dementia
Who we are
- Professor David Walker (Program Leader)
- Dr Paul Bertrand
- Associate Professor Moshi Geso
- Dr Elisa Hill
- Dr Melinda Jackson
- Dr Trisha Jenkins
- Amy Loughman
- Dr Tamara Paravicini
- Dr Michelle Rank
- Dr Amy Reichelt
- Professor Stephen Robinson
- Dr Luba Sominsky
- Associate Professor Sarah Spencer
- Dr Mary Tolcos
Work with us
We are recruiting research candidates interested in the following areas.
- Fundamental development of the brain
- Early origins of major disorders
- Impact of compromised pregnancy and perinatal programming on fertility, cardiovascular, renal, lung and the gut
- Influence of diet, the microbiome, and the gut-brain axis on development and adult health
- Effects of stroke on brain and spinal cord neuroplasticity in babies and the adult
- The origins of obstructive sleep apnoea and its effect on the brain