Brain Mapping and Modelling

Program Lead

Professor Alex Fornito

T: +61 3 9902 9796

Deputy Program Lead

Dr Adeel Razi

T: +61 3 9905 0109

How can we begin to understand how thoughts, experiences and behaviours arise from the complicated operations of the brain? In the words of Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman (1918-1988), “What I cannot create, I do not understand”. In other words, if we want to understand the brain, we need to build a model of it.

Computational Neuroscience research at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health aims to develop mathematical models of different aspects of brain structure, function and behaviour, while also developing advanced analytic methods for brain imaging and other behavioural data.

The main questions tackled by the Turner Institute researchers in this Program of research include:

  • What are the principles that guide and constrain brain organisation?
  • Can we generate realistic computer simulations of brain activity and behaviour?
  • Can we use brain imaging and other data to predict treatment outcomes for patients?
  • How can we objectively measure and quantify different aspects of conscious experience?
  • Can we develop personalized treatments for brain disease based on mathematical models of brain function?

We investigate the answers to these questions through our five key capabilities: Network Neuroscience, Modelling Consciousness, Biophysical Modelling, Computational Neuroimaging, and Brain Stimulation.