Centre scientist selected for Superstars of STEM 11 December 2018
Dr Sharna Jamadar, a Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, has been selected to join the prestigious Superstars of STEM program. Entry into the program is highly competitive and she will spend the next two years undertaking activities that aim to remove society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM.
Healthy people who have psychotic-like experiences also have decreased brain connectivity 18 October 2018
Researchers have discovered a link between psychotic-like experiences in otherwise healthy individuals and disruption to their brain connectivity – which could be used to identify people at high risk of developing schizophrenia.
Advances in neuroscience and AI could revolutionise medicine but they also pose significant ethical and social challenges. If a brain computer interface can allow a blind person to see, or restore speech to those who’ve lost the ability to communicate, what does this mean for a person’s sense of self, personal responsibility, or privacy? Find out on Radio National's All in the Mind program.
Paying attention helps your brain process what you can’t see 2 August 2018
Paying attention to a location helps the brain to process not just what you can see there, but also what you can’t – suggesting that attention and awareness are controlled by different pathways in the brain.
From noise to meaning: how visual information makes sense 26 April 2018
Dr Elizabeth Zavitz, an Affiliate Postdoctoral Researcher based at Monash University, has created a digital exhibition that illustrates how different types of visual information combine to produce our perception experience.
A part of the brain can still see – even if you can’t 26 April 2018
Even if the primary visual cortex is damaged — causing blindness — the pathway that transmits visual information from the retina is not completely destroyed. The penultimate stop on the pathway still processes visual information, even if it has nowhere to go.
Studying a syndrome caused by a DNA deletion could provide insights into how schizophrenia develops 1 March 2018
A syndrome that increases the risk of developing schizophrenia is also linked to increased sensitivity to repeated sounds. Read more.
Greater flexibility in brain networks helps you solve harder puzzles 15 February 2018
The more different your brain networks are between resting and reasoning, the better your chances of solving difficult tasks.
Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge 2018 1 February 2018
Teacher registrations are open for round 1 of the Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge, a neuroscience competition for secondary school students. Round 1 is held during Brain Awareness Week (12-16 March 2018).
Kiwi kid qualifies for International Brain Bee 9 January 2018
New Zealand High School student Alan Li, 16, is the first in his country to qualify for the International Brain Bee competition and will travel to Berlin next year. It comes after he won the New Zealand national finals section of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge held in Sydney earlier this month.
New paper from Travis, Dux & Mattingley (UQ) 19 December 2018
Travis, S. L., Dux, P. E., & Mattingley, J. B. (2017). Re-Examining the Influence of Attention and Consciousness on Visual Afterimage Duration. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Human Perception and Performance, 43(12), 1944-1949. doi:10.1037/xhp0000458
Mattingley, Breakspear and Carter help progress Aust Brain Alliance initiatives 14 December 2017
The Brain Function CoE’s Jason Mattingley, Michael Breakspear and Adrian Carter chaired working groups as part of the ‘Brains at the Dome‘ event held by the Australian Brain Alliance (ABA) on 7 December in Canberra. Visit the Australian Academy of Science website to read a copy of the Canberra Declaration.
Brain Function CoE annual meeting awards 7 December 2017
Congratulations to the Centre's Marcello Rosa, Tristan Chaplin, Matthew Tang, James Roberts, Jessica Despard and Lisa Hutton for receiving awards at the Centre's annual meeting.
And the Brain Bee winner is… 7 December 2017
The Australian winner of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge was Elaine Cheung from MacRobertson Girls’ High School in Melbourne and the runner-up was Wenjing Chen from James Ruse Agricultural High School in NSW. The New Zealand champion was Alan Li from Lincoln High School in the South Island and the runner-up was Jemima Po from the Diocesan School for Girls in the North Island.
Neuroethics mini documentary released 7 December 2017
The Centre’s Neuroethics Program Coordinator, Adrian Carter, has featured in a mini documentary produced by Monash University. The video examines the fundamental questions being raised by our growing understanding of the human brain and features experts in philosophy, psychiatry and law.
Congratulations to Molis Yunzab, Ali Almasi and Babak Nasr (pictured L-R) who won the Centre’s inaugural early career research ‘The Pitch’ competition during the Centre's annual dinner. The winning team will now receive $4000 to conduct their pitch project during 2018 and they will present their results at the 2018 annual meeting in Brisbane.
New paper from CI Greg Stuart 5 December 2017
Jones, S.L, To, M-S and Stuart, G.J. (2017) Dendritic small conductance calcium-activated potassium channels activated by action potentials suppress EPSPs and gate spike-timing dependent synaptic plasticity. eLife 6:e30333 doi: 10.7554/eLife.30333
Prestigious scholarship awarded to young investigator 1 December 2017
Cooper Smout, an early career researcher from the Mattingley lab at the University of Queensland, has been awarded a prestigious and competitive 2018 Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship. Cooper will use the award funding to visit the Predictive Brain Lab, based at the Donders Institute in The Netherlands.
Young investigator wins best talk award 1 December 2017
Nicholas Bland, a PhD student with the Mattingley lab at the University of Queensland, has recently won a ‘Best Talk’ award at the 2017 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting.
Best poster award for young researcher 1 December 2017
Luke Hearne, an early career researcher with the Mattingley lab at the University of Queensland, was recently awarded ‘Best Poster’ at the 2017 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting.
First Gender Equity and Diversity Committee meeting held 28 November 2018
Our new Gender Equity and Diversity Committee had its first meeting on 9 November 2017. The Committee’s purpose is to provide advice and guidance to the Executive Committee with regard to issues pertaining to gender equity and diversity in the Centre. They aim to propose strategies to improve gender equity and diversity within the Centre, in line with our gender equity policy.
FENS Brain Function CoE 2018 Satellite Meeting announced 28 November 2017
The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function and Ruhr-University Bochum are co-hosting a satellite meeting as part of the 11th FENS Forum on Neuroscience in Berlin, Germany.
Associate Investigator Alex Fornito widely recognised 21 November 2017
Alex Fornito, an Associate Investigator with the Centre based at Monash University, has had a tremendously successful year with numerous accolades and awards. They include the Australian Academy of Science Gottschalk Medal, a prestigious 2017 Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation Senior Medical Research Fellowship and one of Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers for 2017.
New paper from Ward and Egan 14 November 2017
Phillip G.D.Ward, Nicholas J.Ferris, ParneshRaniga, David L.Dowe, Amanda C.L.Ng, David G.Barnes, Gary F.Egan (January 2018). Combining images and anatomical knowledge to improve automated vein segmentation in MRI. NeuroImage.
Honeybees could teach drones a thing or two about safe landing 7 November 2017
When honeybees fly around from flower to flower, they control their flight speed so that the images of the world on their retinas move at a fixed speed. But why would they care what speed objects appear to be moving?
Verghese, A., Mattingley, J., Palmer, P., Dux, P. (2017). From eyes to hands: Transfer of learning in the Simon task across motor effectors. Atten Percept Psychophys doi: 10.3758/s13414-017-1427-1.
Phil Ward wins VESKI Victoria Fellowship 31 October 2017
Congratulations to Phil Ward who was awarded a Victoria Fellowship at the VESKI Victoria Science prizes last week. Phil, a post-doc based at Monash University, will use his $18,000 award to study new techniques at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre to measure how blood vessels respond to changes in brain function, whilst also measuring the amount of oxygen being metabolised.
Paxinos reappointed NHMRC senior research fellow 19 October 2017
Congratulations to one of our Chief Investigators, George Paxinos, who was recently reappointed as a NHMRC senior research fellow (2018-2022). George will continue to work on histological and MRI atlases of brain and spinal cord for research and clinical practice.
Brain research moving in the right direction 12 October 2017
Brain activity ebbs and flows like ocean waves during a tropical storm. The turbulent waves of activity form micro patterns even when we’re sleeping or under anaesthesia, but how these patterns relate to what we’re currently seeing and experiencing is not completely understood.
Michael Breakspear from the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane was recently an RANZCP Senior Researcher Award winner for his abstract: Brain Network Disturbances in Affective Disorders.
Transmission wires alert the brain to what the eyes see 12 October 2017
When we see something, our eyes send messages to our brain through the optic nerves. Each nerve contains around a million long ‘wires’, called axons, which carry information from ganglion cells in the retina to relevant parts of the brain. Although at least 20 ganglion cell types have been discovered in primate retinas, how each type contributes to visual processing is not clear.
The way certain brain cells communicate with each other may underlie how we see things 10 October 2017
It’s clear that our conscious experiences – what we perceive and feel at each moment – have something to do with the brain. But what exactly is the connection? Understanding how conscious experience comes from brains is one of the greatest challenges facing neuroscientists.
Examining the brain under threat 28 September 2017
We are more likely to be surprised when we feel anxious. This is reflected in increased brain activity and disrupted connections within the brain. Novel or uncertain situations can make us a little anxious and more alert to potential danger. This state of hypervigilance is helpful in the case of real threats, but when it becomes persistent – such as in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – it can be incapacitating.
$20k grant for Teri Furlong, UNSW 28 September 2017
Dr Teri Furlong from UNSW was recently awarded a $20,000 seed grant from Parkinson’s NSW. The grant will enable Teri to extend her Brain Function CoE research.
Stripes and pinwheels, the fashion for vision 19 September 2017
Cells in the visual cortex are organised in a “pinwheel” formation that is altered by visual experience during development — including exposure to stripes. What we see during our early life has a strong effect on the way that our brain’s visual areas are organised.