Understanding how the brain works is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. By integrating work across the spectrum of neuroscience, we aim to advance our understanding of brain development and function and to identify new therapeutic targets for neurological and psychiatric disorders. We use collaborative multidisciplinary approaches for the investigation of dynamic changes in complex molecular assemblies, signalling processes, cellular interactions and functions of the nervous system.
The Neuroscience research theme within the School of Physiology and Pharmacology broadly sub-divides into programs that investigate:
- the biochemical, molecular and cellular mechanisms that underpin neuronal functioning;
- development and application of novel pharmacological tools for the study of synaptic plasticity;
- molecular and cellular mechanisms of plasticity and how they relate to learning and memory mechanisms;
- interactions between networks or circuits of neurons that produce perceptual and behavioural responses to external stimuli such as pain and injury;
- control of movement and behaviour;
- disruption of neuronal functioning and plasticity in disease;
- autonomic control of respiratory and cardiac function.
Multiple cross-overs between these areas of expertise and extensive collaboration between different research groups both underpins the research and informs our teaching.