Rehabilitation and cognitive training
Healthy brain function is rooted in the shifting connections of tens of billions of brain cells. These connections are dictated by complex interactions between inherited genes and the environment.
Researchers in the Attention and Memory program are undertaking a wide variety of projects to better understand what happens to these interactions in brain disorders, and how to intervene to improve outcomes.
For example, one team is developing sensitive neuro-imaging markers for brain abnormalities in people with neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington's disease and Friedreich ataxia. Their aim is to improve early detection and better understand disease progression.
Another team is developing and optimising interventions to improve outcomes for people who have suffered traumatic brain injury or stroke.
Yet another team is developing and testing cognitive training interventions designed to improve working memory to improve maths performance in children.