Dr Rachel Nowak
Rachel ran The Brain Dialogue, an initiative of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, from the beginnings of the Centre until May 2017. The Brain Dialogue aims to share new knowledge, discoveries, and ideas about the brain, and to foster open discussion about where brain research should take us.
Rachel is also principal at Rachel Nowak and Associates, a consultancy that develops new and existing enterprises to effectively share scientific knowledge for innovation, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), improving public health and enriching lives, and to link industry and academia.
She has a PhD and two post-docs in circadian physiology, and an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Rachel has worked for several US science and biotech publications, including Science, as senior writer covering biomedicine. She has taught science writing at Johns Hopkins University, and worked at New Scientist, firstly as Washington Bureau Chief, and then as Australasian Editor.
She is a member of the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee of the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, Department of Health; a non-Executive Director of COSMOS Media Pty Ltd; member of the Human Research Ethics Committee at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and a member of the Advisory Board, ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics.
Ms McAuliffe was the Centre Administrator from 2014 to 2016, providing high-level administrative and office management support for CIBF.
Vicki is an experienced manager and senior administrator with more than 20 years in higher education.
Dr Huazheng (Andy) Liang
Andy was a CIBF research fellow based at Neuroscience Research Australia, in Sydney.
Andy’s research focused on mapping the networks between the mouse brain and the spinal cord, which are responsible for locomotion and cardiovascular control.
Liang, H., Watson, C., & Paxinos, G. (2016). Terminations of reticulospinal fibers originating from the gigantocellular reticular formation in the mouse spinal cord. Brain Structure and Function, 221(3), 1623-1633 [abstract]
Liang, H., Watson, C., & Paxinos, G. (2015). Projections from the oral pontine reticular nucleus to the spinal cord of the mouse. Neuroscience letters, 584, 113-118 [abstract]
Liang, H., Watson, C., & Paxinos, G. (2015). Projections from the central amygdaloid nucleus to the precuneiform nucleus in the mouse. Brain Structure and Function, 220(1), 263-271 [abstract]
Liang, H., & Wang, S. (2015). Chinese herbal decoction–Xuming Tang: a possible effective treatment for ischemic stroke patients. Neurology and Neuroscience, (1) [paper]
Liang, H., Bácskai, T., Watson, C., & Paxinos, G. (2014). Projections from the lateral vestibular nucleus to the spinal cord in the mouse. Brain Structure and Function, 219(3), 805-815 [abstract]
Dr Elizabeth Paton
Dr Paton was the Outreach and Education Officer for CIBF from 2014 to 2016.
For education, Elizabeth developed neuroscience resources and programs for students and early career researchers.
For outreach, Elizabeth worked with The Brain Dialogue on the concepts and development of events designed to engage broad audiences in discussion about brain research and where it should take us. She also managed The Brain Dialogue Twitter feed and website.
Elizabeth’s teaching and research has focused on communication and media, and the study of creativity as a dynamic system. She is co-editor of The Creative System in Action, which looks at systems-based research in the creative industries, published by Palgrave MacMillan UK in 2015.
Dr Piotr Majka
Piotr Majka was a CIBF fellow, based at Monash University, Melbourne.
Piotr’s work focused on 1) Acquisition and processing of digital images, registration and reconstruction of 3D brain images based on serial sections; 2) Integration of multimodal and multiscale neuroanatomical image data; 3) Digital (including three-dimensional) brain atlases construction and dissemination.
Majka P., Chłodzińska N., Banasik T., Djavadian R.L., Węglarz W., Turlejski K. and Wójcik D.K. (2014). Multimodal stereotactic atlas of gray short-tailed opossum’s brain. Society for Neuroscience 2014, Nov 15-19, Washington, DC, program no. 185.22.
Majka P., Chaplin T.A., Yu H., Pinskiy V., Mitra P., Rosa M. and Wójcik D.K. (2014). Automated workflow for mapping tracer injection studies of the common marmoset into a reference template. Front. Neuroinform. Conference Abstract: Neuroinformatics 2014. doi: 10.3389/conf.fninf.2014.18.00038. [abstract]
Boline J.K., Baldock R., Bakker R., Burger A., Gee J., Haselgrove C., Hawrylycz M., Hess A., Johnson G.A, Majka P., Ng L., Okamura-Oho Y., Ruffins S. Zaslavsky I. (2014). Building access to the INCF digital atlasing infrastructure. Society for Neuroscience 2014, Nov 15-19, Washington, DC, program no. 371.09.
Majka, P., Kowalski, J. M., Chlodzinska, N., and Wójcik, D. K. (2013). 3D Brain Atlas Reconstructor Service-Online Repository of Three-Dimensional Models of Brain Structures. Neuroinformatics 11, 507–18, doi: 10.1007/s12021-013-9199-9 [abstract]
Majka, P., Kublik, E., Furga, G., and Wójcik, D. K. (2012). Common atlas format and 3D brain atlas reconstructor: infrastructure for constructing 3D brain atlases. Neuroinformatics 10, 181–97, doi: 10.1007/s12021-011-9138-6 [abstract]
Associate Professor Ramesh Rajan
As CIBF’s coordinator for education and training, Associate Professor Rajan designed and directed CIBF’s education and training activities. These included developing education resources for years 9 and 10; professional development for school teachers and early career researchers; mentoring programs for CIBF PhD students and early career researchers; and research training.
Ramesh has extensive experience in physiology research and teaching, including in the study of factors influencing academic performance. He also contributes as a collaborator in studies in CIBF’s Neural Circuits research theme.
He has received multiple teaching awards including the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Citation Award for outstanding contributions to student learning.
Ms Gross was CIBF’s node administer for Melbourne University. She was personal assistant to CIBF centre investigator and director of the National Vision Research Institute Professor Michael Ibbotson. In this role she provided full administrative support to the NVRI research team and PhD students.
Priscilla has experience liaising with Government organisations. She previously worked as a veterinary nurse.
Dr Richard Huysmans
Dr Huysmans was CIBF’s Acting Manager from May to December 2014. During that time, he was responsible for administrative oversight of CIBF and its associated education and knowledge-sharing activities.
Richard continued his involvement with CIBF as Manager, Strategic Planning and Annual Reporting January to March 2015. In this role, he delivered CIBF’s first annual report and finalised its strategic plan.
Richard’s expertise is in facilitation, collaboration and execution of large-scale multi-organisation collaborations. He has been involved in a number of Victoria-wide and Australia-wide initiatives, which he has taken from idea to implementation.
Dr Jeanette Pritchard
Dr Pritchard was Coordinator for Industry Engagement in 2014. In this role, Jeanette provided advice on commercial pathways and opportunities that arose from CIBF research, as well as the mechanisms by which CIBF could exploit these opportunities.
Jeanette has over 18-years’ experience working in medical and environmental device development in the UK and Australia. She has extensive experience in project management, business development and commercialisation of medical devices. She has led a number of cross-sector collaborations, both national and international.
Ms Samantha Goode
Ms Goode provided executive and administrative support to CIBF and its Director during 2014.
She has broad experience in education administration and management, having worked across a range of university and secondary school settings.
Ms Michelle Gallaher
Ms Gallaher served as a link between CIBF research and the Australian biotechnology industry during 2014.
During this time, Michelle was CEO of BioMelbourne Network, the peak industry forum for leaders of the Victorian biotechnology industry.
Michelle has also worked as a healthcare provider, in pharmaceutical marketing, for a listed biotech company, and as Director of Public Affairs at the Australian Stem Cell Centre.
Ms Gallaher is currently Creative Director at The Social Science, a social media technology start up she co-founded.
Dr Bryan Paton
Bryan Paton was a CIBF fellow, based at Monash University, Melbourne, and served as Chair of the centre’s Early Career Researchers’ Committee.
Bryan’s research focused on multi-modal imaging, fast brain imaging, consciousness, perceptual processing and predictive coding.
Doorn, G. V., Paton, B., Howell, J., & Hohwy, J. (2015). Attenuated self-tickle sensation even under trajectory perturbation. Consciousness and Cognition, 36, 147-153, doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2015.06.016 [abstract]
Palmer, C., Paton, B., Kirkovski, M., Enticott, P. & Hohwy, J. (2015). Context sensitivity in action decreases along the autism spectrum: a predictive processing perspective. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282(1802), doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1557 [abstract]
Paton, B., Skewes, J., Frith, C., Hohwy, J. (2013). Skull-bound perception and precision optimization through culture. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 36(3), 222, doi: 10.1017/S0140525X12002191 [abstract]
Paton, B., Hohwy, J., & Enticott, P. (2011). The rubber hand illusion reveals proprioceptive and sensorimotor differences in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 42(9), 1870-1883. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1430-7 [abstract]
Dr Romesh Abeysuria
Romesh Abeysuria was a CIBF fellow, based at Brain Dynamics group, School of Physics, University of Sydney
Romesh’s research interests revolved around physiologically based modeling of biological systems, bridging theory and experiment to provide new insights into the operation of the brain. His primary interest was in using modeling to integrate structural, dynamical and functional observations into a unified framework that can provide a deeper understanding of complex systems than experiment or theory alone. His research focused on EEG in sleep, relating the physical structure of the brain to its dynamical activity over the sleep-wake cycle.
Abeysuriya RG, Rennie CJ, Robinson PA, and Kim JW. 2014. Experimental observation of a theoretically predicted nonlinear sleep spindle harmonic in human EEG. Clin. Neurophysiol. 125. 2014. [abstract]
Abeysuriya RG, Rennie CJ, and Robinson PA. 2014. Prediction and verification of nonlinear sleep spindle harmonic oscillations. J. Theor. Biol. 344. [abstract]
Kedziora DJ, Abeysuriya RG, Phillips AJK and Robinson PA. 2012. Physiologically based quantitative modeling of unihemispheric sleep. J. Theor. Biol. 314. [abstract]
Postnova S, Robinson PA, Layden A, Phillips AJK, and Abeysuriya RG. 2012. Exploring Sleepiness and Entrainment on Permanent Shift Schedules in a Physiologically Based Model. J. Biol. Rhythms 27. [abstract]
Phillips, Andrew J. K., Peter A. Robinson, David J. Kedziora, and Romesh G. Abeysuriya. 2010. Mammalian sleep dynamics: How diverse features arise from a common physiological framework. PLoS Computational Biology 6(6): e1000826. [abstract]
Dr Mehdi Adibi
Mehdi Adibi was a CIBF fellow, based at John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra
Mehdi’s research focused on systems neuroscience (neural coding, population coding sensory systems, somatosensation and vision, sensory adaptation), behavioural and cognitive neuroscience (human psychophysics, object recognition, motion perception), telecommunications (multi-antennae communication systems) and mathematics (combinatorics, graph theory and game theory).
M. Adibi, J.S. McDonald, C.W.G. Clifford, E. Arabzadeh, (2014) “Population Coding in rat Barrel Cortex: Optimizing the Linear Readout of Correlated Population Responses,” PLoS Computational Biology, 10(1): e1003415, doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003415. [abstract]
J.S. McDonald, M. Adibi, C.W.G. Clifford, E. Arabzadeh, (2014) “Sampling Time and Performance in Rat Whisker Sensory System,” PLoS ONE, 9(12): e116357, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116357. [abstract]
M. Adibi, C.W.G. Clifford, E. Arabzadeh, (2013) “Informational Basis of Sensory Adaptation: Entropy and Single Spike Efficiency in Rat Barrel Cortex,” Journal of Neuroscience, 33(37): 14921–1492. [abstract]
M. Adibi, J.S. McDonald, C.W.G. Clifford, E. Arabzadeh, (2013) “Adaptation Improves Neural Coding Efficiency despite Increasing Correlations in Variability,” Journal of Neuroscience, 33(5): 2108-2120. [abstract]
M. Adibi, M.E. Diamond, E. Arabzadeh, (2012) “Behavioral study of whisker-mediated vibration sensation in rats,” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (PNAS), 109(3): 971-97. [abstract]
M. Adibi and E. Arabzadeh, (2011) “A comparison of neuronal and behavioral detection and discrimination performances in rat whisker system,” J Neurophysiol, 105(1): 356-36. [abstract]
Dr Gursh Chana
Gursh Chana was a CIBF fellow, based at the Centre for Neural Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Gursharan’s research focused on into the role of the glutamatergic system and neuroinflammation in Autism Spectrum Disorder pathophysiology as well as collaborative neural engineering projects at the CfNE involving the incorporation of nanotechnology and electrochemical detection.
Chana G, Laskaris L, Pantelis C, Gillett P, Testa R, Zantomio D, Burrows E, Hannan A, Everall IP, Skafidas E. (2015). Decreased expression of mGluR5 within the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in autism and increased microglial number in mGluR5 knockout mice: Pathophysiological and neurobehavioral implications, Brain Behavior and Immunity. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2015.05.009. [epub ahead of print] [abstract]
Nasr, B, Chana, G, Lee, TT, Nguyen, T, Abeyrathne, C, D’Abaco, GM, Dottori, M & Skafidas, E. 2015. Vertical Nanowire Electrode Arrays as Novel Electrochemical Label-Free Immunosensors, Small: 11 (24), pp. 2862-2868. doi: 10.1002/smll.201403540 [abstract]
Skafidas E, Testa R, Zantomio D, Chana G, Everall IP, Pantelis C. (2014). Response to Belgard et al., Molecular Psychiatry: 19, pp. 407-409. doi: 10.1038/mp.2013.186 [abstract]
Dr YuHong Fu
YuHOng Fu was a CIBF fellow, based at Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney
YuHong’s research focused on understanding the biological role of cerebellum in motor and cognitive functions and understanding the anatomical pathways that are involved in mediating neuroplasticity and neurogenesis in the adult murine brain
Fu Y, Yu Y, Paxinos G, Watson C, Rusznák Z. Aging-dependent changes in the cellular composition of the mouse brain and spinal cord. Neuroscience. 2015; 290:406-20. [abstract]
Sengul G, Fu Y, Yu Y, Paxinos G. Spinal cord projections to the cerebellum in the mouse. Brain Struct Funct. 2014; [Epub ahead of print]. [abstract]
Fu Y, Rusznák Z, Herculano-Houzel S, Watson C, Paxinos G. Cellular composition characterizing postnatal development and maturation of the mouse brain and spinal cord. Brain Struct Funct. 2013; 218(5):1337-54. [abstract]
Duan D, Fu Y, Paxinos G, Watson C. Spatiotemporal expression patterns of Pax6 in the brain of embryonic, newborn, and adult mice. Brain Struct Funct. 2013; 218(2):353-72. [abstract]
Reyes S, Fu Y, Double K, Thompson L, Kirik D, Paxinos G, Halliday GM. GIRK2 expression in dopamine neurons of the substantia nigra and ventral tegmental area. J Comp Neurol. 2012 Aug 15; 520(12):2591-607. [abstract]
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