Translational Neuroscience Facility

About the TNF

The Translational Neuroscience Facility (TNF) is a new research development in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales. The TNF broadly supports neuroscience research and training in the School of Medical Sciences directed towards treatment of neurological disorders.Several collaborating teams are embedded within the facility and their research focus spans from sensory and motor systems to pathophysiology of neurological disorders. Themes include hearing disorders, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular and neurodegenerative conditions, functional genomics, neural repair (for example stroke and spinal cord injury). The translational platform incorporates gene delivery technology (and gene therapy); cellular and intravital brain imaging; cellular and clinical electrophysiology (including patch-clamp, audiometry, nerve excitability and electromyography/nerve conduction); bionics (e.g. cochlear implants).

Research teams within the TNF are:

Former Staff/Alumni

TNF lab members at work

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News & Events

  • Congratulations to Dr Renee Morris on her well deserved promotion to Senior Lecturer
  • Congratulations to Andrew Tosolini who was awarded a prize for best student poster presentation at the International Motoneuron Meeting, Sydney 2012

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  • Congratulations to Ria Arnold for receiving The Novartis Award for best free communication at the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists Clinical Physiology Workshop
  • Congratulations to Dr Arun Krishnan on his well deserved promotion to Associate Professor
  • Congratulations to Dr Renee Morris and Dr Cindy Lin on receiving the 2011 Spinal Cord Injury Awards from the Brain Foundation.

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  • Dr Jennie Cederholm received the Mark A. Smith prize for 2010 for her paper “Conformational changes in extracellular loop 2 associated with signal transduction in the glycine receptor” Cederholm, Absalom, Sugiharto, Griffith, Schofield, and Lewis (2010), J. of Neurochemistry 115, 1245-1255. Dr. Jennie Cederholm accepted the award at the Megaron Athens International conference centre on Sunday 28th August, 2011 from the Chief Editor (Rest of the World) of the Journal of Neurochemistry, Jörg B. Schulz.

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  • Further information on studies in diabetes taking place at the TNF, please follow the link to a recent ABC News interview with Arun Krishnan http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/07/02/3259497.htm
  • Congratulations to Natalie Kwai who was awarded the Staff Prize for Health and Exercise Science of the School of Medical Sciences. This prize recognises her success in achieving the highest mark in the Health and Exercise Science Stage 4 Research Project. Natalie is currently undertaking a PhD in the TNF on axonal dysfunction in diabetes.

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Funding

  • National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Cochlear Ltd
  • NSW Office for Science and Medical Research (OSMR)
  • Brain Foundation
  • Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
  • Ramaciotti Foundation
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Pfizer Neuroscience
  • Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG)
  • European Leukodystrophy Association (ELA)
  • European Commission FP7
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