SoMS Honours

SoMS Honours

Potential Projects » Neuroscience

 

Academic Project Title

A/Prof Ingvars BirznieksDr Heba Khamis & A/Prof Richard Vickery

Sensory Neuroscience, SoMS, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)

Sensorimotor control of human hand in the context of object manipulation (fundamental neurobiology, computational neuroscience, prosthetics, robotics; this project is suitable for medical science and engineering students) (NEUR Honours, SoMS Honours, MSc & PhD)

A/Prof Ingvars Birznieks & A/Prof Richard Vickery

Sensory Neuroscience, SoMS, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)

Deciphering the neural code: recordings of nerve signals from single sensory neurons (tactile afferents) in humans (microneurography)  (NEUR Honours, SoMS Honours, MSc & PhD)

A/Prof Ingvars Birznieks and Dr Heba Khamis

Sensory Neuroscience, SoMS, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering (GSBmE), Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)

Bionics of the sense of touch – interdisciplinary project joining medical sciences and engineering (Honours, Internship, Project A&B, etc.,  MSc & PhD).

This project is suitable for biomedical science and engineering students of various specialisations interested in bionics of sensory systems, neuroprosthetics and design of biomimetic artificial sensors , for example, biomedical, mechatronic, electrical, software, telecommunications and chemical engineering.

Prof Bruce Brew, Dr Michael Lovelace & Dr Gayathri Sundaram 

St Vincent's Clinical School

Targeting the Kynurenine Pathway to better patient outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis 

A/Prof Jane Butler, Prof Lynne Bilston, A/Prof Danny Eckert & Dr Peter Burke

Neuroscience Research Australia

Activation and motion of the genioglossus muscle (tongue) and its role in obstructive sleep apnoea. Techniques: EMG, MRI, polysomnography and more

A/Prof Pascal Carrive

Brain, Blood Pressure and Stress Lab

Central control of autonomic and behavioural responses during stress and arousal. The role of the hypothalamic peptide orexin. Techniques: Radiotelemetry, behavioural observation, tract tracing, immunohistochemistry and pharmacogenetics.

A/Prof Antony Cooper

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Investigating dysfunctionality in the endolysosomal pathway as a contributor to Parkinson's Disease

A/Prof Danny Eckert

Neuroscience Research Australia

Human upper airway physiology investigating the causes of and new treatments for sleep disordered breathing

Dr Fatima El-AssaadProf Emad El-Omar

Microbiome Research Centre, St George and Sutherland Clinical School

The role of the microbiome in neuroinflammation and dementia 

Dr Teri FurlongProf George Paxinos

Neuroscience Research Australia

The impact of high calorie food on the brain’s orexin system and habitual behaviour

Dr Teri FurlongProf George Paxinos

Neuroscience Research Australia

Utilizing a DREADDS approach to treat the motor and cognitive symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in an animal model

Dr Teri FurlongProf George Paxinos

Neuroscience Research Australia

Establishing a preclinical model of autism: brain and behaviour

Prof Simon Gandevia & Dr Martin Héroux

Neuroscience Research Australia

Human motoneurone fatigue and recovery (NEUR Honours, SoMS Honours, MSc & PhD) 

Prof Simon Gandevia & Dr Annie Butler

Neuroscience Research Australia

Ownership and proprioception of the human hand (NEUR Honours, SoMS Honours, MSc & PhD) 

Prof Simon Gandevia & Dr Matthew Brodie

Neuroscience Research Australia

Remote physiological monitoring with wearable devices: Collect and analyse remote activity, heart-rate (ECG) and respiratory data in people with COPD to help predict/inform long term health/rehabilitation outcomes.

Dr Daniel Hesselson

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Blocking the progression of Parkinson’s Disease

Prof Gary Housley

Translational Neuroscience Facility, SoMS

Cochlear responses to noise stress

Prof Gary Housley

Translational Neuroscience Facility, SoMS

Developmental neurobiology of hearing

Prof Gary Housley & Dr Amanda Craig

Translational Neuroscience Facility, SoMS

Neuroprotection in response to noise stress

Prof Gary Housley, Prof Nigel Lovell & A/Prof Matthias Klugmann

Translational Neuroscience Facility, SoMS & Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering

Gene delivery in the nervous system

A/Prof Yue Huang, Prof Margaret Morris, Prof Glenda Halliday

SoMS Pharmacology

Molecular cross talk between neuron and glia in Parkinson’s disease

Dr Anna Hudson

Neuroscience Research Australia

Respiratory control in healthy ageing and respiratory disease

Dr Anna Hudson

Neuroscience Research Australia

Coupling between the neural and mechanical behaviour in muscles during voluntary movements

Dr Nicole Jones

Neuropharmacology and Brain Injury, SoMS

Can hypoxia make new neurons after a brain injury?

Dr Nicole Jones

Neuropharmacology and Brain Injury, SoMS

Can hypoxia improve blood brain barrier function in developing brain after injury?

Dr Nicole Jones

Neuropharmacology and Brain Injury, SoMS

Can hypothermia and hypoxia help to repair the developing brain after injury?

Dr Nicole Jones & Prof Margaret Morris

Neuropharmacology and Brain Injury, SoMS & Metabolic Disease, SoMS

Does maternal obesity affect ischemic brain injury in offspring?

Dr Natasha Kumar & Dr Nicole Jones

Molecular Neuroscience, SoMS

Induction of galanin in the retrotrapezoid nucleus reduces ventilation during chronic hypercapnia

Dr Natasha Kumar & Dr Rita Maachalani (University of Sydney)

Molecular Neuroscience, SoMS

Does protein expression change in chemoreceptor neurons of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) infants, compared to control infants? Techniques: Acute and chronic models of intermittent hypercapnic hypoxia in neonatal mouse, piglet and human (including SIDS), immunohistochemistry

Dr Trevor Lewis

Membrane & Cellular Biophysics, SoMS

Molecular mechanism of glycine receptor activation 

A/Prof James H McAuley

Neuroscience Research Australia

Understanding the relationship between physical activity, somatosensory discrimination and pain

Dr Euan McCaughey & Prof Jane Butler

Neuroscience Research Australia

Understating the mechanisms of Abdominal Functional Electrical Stimulation

Dr Euan McCaughey & Prof Jane Butler

Neuroscience Research Australia

Abdominal Functional Electrical Stimulation to improve bowel function in Multiple Sclerosis

Dr Euan McCaughey & Prof Jane Butler

Neuroscience Research Australia

Abdominal Functional Electrical Stimulation to reduce respiratory complications after spinal cord injury

Dr Euan McCaughey & Prof Jane Butler

Neuroscience Research Australia

Life expectancy after spinal cord injury: an international comparison

A/Prof Americo Migliaccio & Dr Serajul Khan

Neuroscience Research Australia

Understanding vestibular plasticity using the incremental vestibulo-ocular reflex adaptation training technique: a new approach for balance rehabilitation

Dr Gila Moalem-Taylor

Neuropathic Pain Research, SoMS

Involvement of immune responses in chronic pain following nervous system injury

Dr Gila Moalem-Taylor

Neuropathic Pain Research, SoMS

Gap junction proteins in chronic pain

Dr Gila Moalem-Taylor & Dr Justin Lees

Neuropathic Pain Research, SoMS

Preclinical assessment of neuroprotective drugs for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

Dr Gila Moalem-Taylor

Neuropathic Pain Research, SoMS

The role of regulatory T cells in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, an animal model of multiple sclerosis

A/Prof Andrew Moorhouse

Neurobiology Research Lab, SoMS

Plasticity of inhibitory synaptic transmission in disease. Our current focus is developing better therapies to treat drug resistant epilepsy by targeting KCC2 membrane transporters and GABA receptors.

Dr Jason Potas

Somatosensory Systems Neuroscience, SoMS

Sensory brainstem changes from chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
(This project will induce a peripheral neuropathy from chemotherapy and examine the signal processing changes that result in the DCN.)

Dr Jason Potas

Somatosensory Systems Neuroscience, SoMS

Handedness in the brainstem?
(This project will examine the functional and structural symmetry.)

Dr Jason Potas

Somatosensory Systems Neuroscience, SoMS

Information transformation along the somatosensory neural axis 
(This project aims to observe and model the neural code for sensory experiences generated in the periphery and its modification/transformation at different brain regions as it ascends to the cortex. This project will look at different input/output relationships of key somatosensory nuclei in response to peripheral stimuli.)

Dr Jason Potas

Somatosensory Systems Neuroscience, SoMS

Restoring limb sensations to amputees
(This project will develop an animal model of amputation to study nervous innervation of the distal stump. Such an approach might also cure phantom limb pain.)

Dr Jason Potas

Somatosensory Systems Neuroscience, SoMS

Artificially stimulating the DCN to recreate somatosensory experiences
(This project will artificially stimulate the DCN in ways that mimic its activity in response to natural stimulation. If successful the approach would form the basis of a new somatosensory neural prosthetic for restoring body sensations in spinal cord injured patients.)

Dr Jason Potas

Somatosensory Systems Neuroscience, SoMS

The role of the cortex on brainstem sensory modulation
(This project examines the currently unknown role of the top-down connection from the cortex to the DCN in sensory processing.)

Dr John Power

Translational Neuroscience Facility, SoMS

Addiction associated neuroplasticity (NEUR Honours, MSc & PhD)

Dr Tertia Purves-Tyson

Neuroscience Research Australia

Can the selective estrogen receptor modulator, raloxifene, improve cognition in a maternal immune activation rat model of schizophrenia and what are the underlying molecular mechanisms involved?

Dr Kylie Radford & Prof Tony Broe

Neuroscience Research Australia

Understanding and preventing dementia in Aboriginal Australians

Prof Caroline Rae

Neuroscience Research Australia

Special -K. How does ketamine work in the treatment of depression? 

Prof Caroline Rae & Prof Gary Housley

Neuroscience Research Australia & Translational Neuroscience Facility, SoMS

Manipulating brain energy metabolism - is more NAD+ the answer? 

Dr Prashanth J Rao

Prince of Wales Clinical School

Development of spinal cord injury animal model that closely mimics the common SCI seen in humans (Collaboration with Surgical and orthopaedic research laboratory, Prof Bill Walsh)

Dr Prashanth J Rao

Prince of Wales Clinical School

Randomised control trial for discogenic back pain.

Dr Prashanth J Rao

Prince of Wales Clinical School

Does infarct load affect haemorrhage risk in medical thrombolysis (like tPA)

Dr Prashanth J Rao

Prince of Wales Clinical School

Clot composition and likelihood of successful medical thrombolysis

Dr Prashanth J Rao

Prince of Wales Clinical School

Factors predictive of late closure for flow diverted aneurysms

Dr Prashanth J Rao

Prince of Wales Clinical School

RCT on adding IV milrinone in management of SAH related vasospasm (maybe >1 year)

Dr Prashanth J Rao

Prince of Wales Clinical School

Closure rate of aneurysms with neck remnant after stent assisted coiling: laser cut vs woven stents

Dr Prashanth J Rao

Prince of Wales Clinical School

Primary success rate of dural fistula treatment with dual lumen balloon technique vs plug and push technique

Prof David Ryugo

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Hearing research: (a) pathophysiology of tinnitus; (b) auditory enrichment and synaptic plasticity; (c) parallel pathways to auditory cortex

Dr Mohit ShivdasaniDr Lisa Nivison-Smith

Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering & School of Optometry

Does Neural Selectivity in the Retina Depend on the Extent of Retinal Degeneration – Implications for Bionic Eyes

Dr Richard Vickery

Sensory Neuroscience, SoMS

Developing a neuroprosthesis to restore slip and grip sensation to prosthetic limb users (Honours only)

A/Prof Richard Vickery & A/Prof Ingvars Birznieks

Sensory Neuroscience, SoMS

Neural coding in the sense of touch