2018 Art Competition Winners

What makes ‘sense’ in the brain?

We want to inspire primary school children to think about how marvellous the human brain is so each year we hold an art competition during Brain Awareness Week (March). In 2018, school children from around Australia were invited to create an artwork or piece of writing that was inspired by senses.

2018 winners

Category 1. Foundation year (Prep) and Year 1
1st place: Anvay A, VIC
2nd place: Madeleine L, ACT
3rd place: Shenaya H, ACT

Category 2. Years 2 – 4
1st place: Joel G, ACT
2nd place: Stefanie K, VIC
3rd place: Anabel F-G, NSW

Category 3. Years 5 – 6
1st place: Annabel B, NSW
2nd place: Angela X, ACT
3rd place: Sofia C, NSW

News and Events

Our research and programs make headlines

With a dedicated team of brain researchers around Australia and internationally, our discoveries and non-research programs are regularly featured in the news.

Read our latest news on the News page.

Our public outreach program, The Brain Dialogue, translates our research findings into plain language summaries so we can share our discoveries with anyone who is interested in brain research. Visit The Brain Dialogue website or connect with The Brain Dialogue on Facebook and Twitter.

Events in Australia and overseas

We regularly hold or sponsor events that are relevant for brain researchers and also for the public.

Our next event for brain researchers is the FENS Brain Function CoE Satellite Meeting in July 2018.

2017 Publications

Conference Papers

1.         Sforazzini, F., Chen, Z., Baran, J., Bradley, J., Carey, A., Shah, N.J., Egan, G.F. MR-based attenuation map re-alignment and motion correction in simultaneous brain MR-PET imaging. Proc 14th Int Symp Biomed Imaging. 2017: Art 7950508, 231-234.

2.         Ward, P.G.D., Ferris, N.J., Raniga, P., Ng, A.C.L., Barnes, D.G., Dowe, D.L., Egan, G.F. Vein segmentation using shape-based Markov Random Fields. Proc 14th Int Symp Biomed Imaging. 2017: Art 7950716, 1133-1136.

Journal Articles

3.         Atapour, N., Rosa, M.G.P. Age-related plasticity of the axon initial segment of cortical pyramidal cells in marmoset monkeys. Neurobiol Aging. 2017; 57: 95-103.

4.         Chaplin, T.A., Allitt, B.J., Hagan, M.A., Price, N.S.C., Rajan, R., Rosa, M.G.P., Lui, L.L. Sensitivity of neurons in the middle temporal area of marmoset monkeys to random dot motion. J Neurophysiol. 2017; 118(3): 1567-1580.

5.         Cornwell, B.R., Garrido, M.I., Overstreet, C., Pine, D., Grillon, C. The Unpredictive Brain Under Threat: A Neurocomputational Account of Anxious Hypervigilance. Biol Psychiatry. 2017; 82(6): 447-454.

6.         Gamberini, M., Passarelli, L., Bakola, S., Impieri, D., Fattori, P., Rosa, M.G.P., Galletti, C. Claustral afferents of superior parietal areas PEc and PE in the macaque. J Comp Neurol. 2017; 525(6): 1475-1488.

7.         Halupka, K.J., Abbott, C.J., Wong, Y.T., Cloherty, S.L., Grayden, D.B., Burkitt, A.N., Sergeev, E.N., Luu, C.D., Brandli, A., Allen, P.J., Meffin, H., Shivdasani, M.N. Neural responses to multielectrode stimulation of healthy and degenerate retina. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017; 58(9): 3770-3784.

8.         Halupka, K.J., Shivdasani, M.N., Cloherty, S.L., Grayden, D.B., Wong, Y.T., Burkitt, A.N., Meffin, H. Prediction of cortical responses to simultaneous electrical stimulation of the retina. J Neural Eng. 2017; 14(1): Art 016006.

9.         Kóbor, P., Petykó, Z., Telkes, I., Martin, P.R., Buzás, P. Temporal properties of colour opponent receptive fields in the cat lateral geniculate nucleus. Eur J Neurosci. 2017; 45(11): 1368-1378.

10.      McFadyen, J., Mermillod, M., Mattingley, J.B., Halász, V., Garrido, M.I. A rapid subcortical amygdala route for faces irrespective of spatial frequency and emotion. J Neurosci. 2017; 37(14): 3864-3874.

11.      Mehta-Pandejee, G., Robinson, P.A., Henderson, J.A., Aquino, K.M., Sarkar, S. Inference of direct and multistep effective connectivities from functional connectivity of the brain and of relationships to cortical geometry. J Neurosci Meth. 2017; 283: 42-54.

12.      Nozari, M., Suzuki, T., Rosa, M.G.P., Yamakawa, K., Atapour, N. The impact of early environmental interventions on structural plasticity of the axon initial segment in neocortex. Dev Psychobiol. 2017; 59(1): 39-47.

13.      Palmer, J., Keane, A., Gong, P. Learning and executing goal-directed choices by internally generated sequences in spiking neural circuits. PLoS Comput Biol. 2017; 13(7): Art e1005669.

14.      Pietersen, A.N.J., Cheong, S.K., Munn, B., Gong, P., Martin, P.R., Solomon, S.G. Relationship between cortical state and spiking activity in the lateral geniculate nucleus of marmosets. J Physiol. 2017; 595(13): 4475-4492.

15.      Ranjbar-Slamloo, Y., Arabzadeh, E. High-velocity stimulation evokes “dense” population response in layer 2/3 vibrissal cortex. J Neurophysiol. 2017; 117(3): 1218-1228.

16.      Reser, D.H., Majka, P., Snell, S., Chan, J.M.H., Watkins, K., Worthy, K., Quiroga, M.D.M., Rosa, M.G.P. Topography of claustrum and insula projections to medial prefrontal and anterior cingulate cortices of the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). J Comp Neurol. 2017; 525(6): 1421-1441.

17.      Shevell, S.K., Martin, P.R. Color opponency: Tutorial. J Opt Soc Am A Opt Image Sci. 2017; 34(7): 1099-1108.

18.      Ward, P.G.D., Fan, A.P., Raniga, P., Barnes, D.G., Dowe, D.L., Ng, A.C.L., Egan, G.F. Improved quantification of cerebral vein oxygenation using partial volume correction. Front Neurosci. 2017; 11: Art 89.

19.      Ward, S.A., Raniga, P., Ferris, N.J., Woods, R.L., Storey, E., Bailey, M.J., Brodtmann, A., Yates, P.A., Donnan, G.A., Trevaks, R.E., Wolfe, R., Egan, G.F., McNeil, J.J. ASPREE-NEURO study protocol: A randomized controlled trial to determine the effect of low-dose aspirin on cerebral microbleeds, white matter hyperintensities, cognition, and stroke in the healthy elderly. Int J Stroke. 2017; 12(1): 108-113.

Review Articles

20.      Hagan, M., Rosa, M.G.P., Lui, L.L. Neural plasticity following lesions of the primate occipital lobe: The marmoset as an animal model for studies of blindsight. Dev Neurobiol. 2017; 3: 314-327.

Australian Neuroethics Network

What is Neuroethics?

Neuroethics is an internationally recognised discipline that aims to successfully translate brain research in ways that maximise social benefit while minimising harms. The need for Neuroethics was recognised by a recent US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethics report as part of the US BRAIN initiative. Similar projects are underway in the UK, Europe and Canada. Australia urgently needs a coordinated approach to realise the promise of neuroscience for society.

Why is Neuroethics important?

Neuroscience is revolutionising our understanding of the neural mechanisms underpinning behaviour and cognition. In doing so, neuroscience also has the potential to overturn beliefs that are central to our ideas about free will, responsibility and justice. Neurobiological explanations of mental illness may have a significant impact on stigma and discrimination associated with these disorders. These advances also raise new challenges for privacy and confidentiality. Sophisticated neuroimaging techniques and advanced machine learning algorithms are providing access to personal information that may be used by interested third parties, such as employers, educators, insurers and the courts, to discriminate against certain individuals or behaviours. Our ability to subtly manipulate brain function can have a powerful impact on our thoughts, behaviours, and sense of self. How these technologies are used and by whom are challenges that need to be urgently addressed.

Who are we?

The Australian Neuroethics Network is an interdisciplinary collaboration that brings together leading Australian practitioners in neuroscience, law, ethics, philosophy, policy-making, clinical practice, patient populations, the public and other end-users to examine the ethical and social implications of neuroscience research.

Our mission

The aim of the Australian Neuroethics Network is to:

  • support new interdisciplinary collaborations examining the ethical, legal and social challenges raised by advances in neuroscience research and technology
  • foster neuroethics scholarship in Australia and build capacity in this nascent area through teaching and postgraduate student supervision
  • provide links to international neuroethics initiatives
  • provide a platform to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the nexus between neuroscience, ethics, philosophy, the law and policy. The Network aims to hold an annual Neuroscience and Society Conference.
  • provide recommendations and guidance to policy makers and other leading decision makers on the impact of neuroscience for Australian society.

Get involved

To join the discussion or become a member of the Australian Neuroethics Network, contact Associate Professor Adrian Carter. Follow us on Twitter: @NeuroethicsAU

2017 Art Competition

Kids create brainy masterpieces

We want to inspire primary school children to think about how marvellous the human brain is so each year we hold an art competition during Brain Awareness Week (March). School children from around Australia are invited to create an artwork inspired by completing the thought: ‘I use my brain to…’

2017 Winners

Category 1. Foundation year (Prep) and Year 1
1st place: Stefanie K, VIC
2nd place: Tess L QLD
3rd place: Jai B, NSW

Category 2. Years 2 – 4
1st place: Ghil G, QLD           Watch Ghil talk about his win on Channel 9 News (Facebook video).
2nd place: Riley W, NSW
3rd place: Gabby F, NSW

Category 3. Years 5 – 6
1st place: Kane P, NSW
2nd place: Lok Yi L, VIC
3rd place: Amelia G, VIC


Contact Us

Contact Details

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Monash University
770 Blackburn Rd, Clayton
Victoria, 3800, Australia

Email: administrator@cibf.edu.au

Phone: +61 3 9905 0100

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Phone: +61 3 9905 0100

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Prof Greg Stuart with Aniket Dhawan, the Canberra regional finalist for the 2017 A&NZBBC.

Brain research as a potential career

We help introduce secondary students to brain research, with the aim of sparking their interest and encouraging them to pursue a career in neuroscience.

We host the annual Australian & New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge (A&NZBBC) and facilitate work experience for secondary students with our collaborating organisations. We are also working with teachers to develop ways to increase brain research in the syllabus.

Secondary school teachers interested in providing opportunities for their students to learn more about the brain are encouraged to contact us.


Brain Awareness Week – creative art competition

Every year as part of our Brain Awareness Week activities, we hold an art competition for primary school students around Australia. The competition encourages students to think about the brain and its functions, and also helps teachers introduce brain science to their students.

2019 creative art competition

The 2019 creative art competition is now open.

Visit the creative art competition page for more details.

Previous art competition winners

Foundation/Prep – Year 1 Category

Winner: Seb, Prep, Victoria

Year 2-4 Category

Winner: Mia, Queensland

Years 5 & 6 category
Winner: Tahlia, Queensland