Our research themes

Our researchers are uncovering the mechanisms of how the nervous system allows us to interact with the surrounding environment, as well as how the brain communicates with and controls the tissues and organs of the body.  Our current major research themes are:

Understanding the brain 

We have world class expertise in mapping neural networks to understand sensory perception, particularly in the fields of vision, tactile perception and hearing. This knowledge is essential for developing Brain Computer Interface (BCI) devices to treat neural dysfunction.

Nervous system injury 

We work to identify the role of molecular targets in traumatic brain injury and stroke to develop new pharmacologic treatment options and prevent secondary damage.

Neurodegenerative diseases

We are exploring the pathogenesis and progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.  Identifying signalling pathways and molecular changes is key to developing new treatments to halt or slow down neurodegeneration.

Neural mechanisms in diseases and disorders 

We collaborate with researchers across programs to understand the neural mechanisms in obesity, T2D and cardiovascular diseases, for example, understanding the neural mechanisms of appetite control in obesity or insulin resistance in T2D.

Other areas of research expertise include the elucidation of neural pathways controlling reproduction in both humans and animals. Venom research is leading to the identification of novel pharmacological agents while stem cell therapies combined with new biomaterials are being explored for treating stroke.