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Neuroscience, Behaviour and Brain Health

The brain and spinal cord comprise the central nervous system of the body. Damage and disease of the brain or spinal cord can lead to developmental delay, intellectual or physical disability, loss of cognitive function and behavioural and psychological disorders.

3D model of a brain

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary science that focuses on the study of neurochemistry and experimental psychology. It deals with the structure and normal function of the nervous system and brain that impact on behaviour, cognitive function and neurological dysfunction.

Our researchers investigate these areas with the aim of developing therapies and informing improved health service provision for individuals.

Researchers across the faculty are focused on:

  • understanding the function of genes that cause neurodevelopmental disorders, such as intellectual disability and epilepsy
  • investigating the causes of diseases of the brain, spine or nervous system (including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease) to inform diagnosis, prevention and treatment
  • understanding the cellular and molecular basis of cognition, perception and neuropsychology
  • developing therapies, and translating results into the treatment and prevention of neurological diseases
  • understanding the health psychology, healthy development across the lifespan, and disability to inform and assess rehabilitation and health service delivery
  • developing innovative biological computation technologies to enable large-scale epidemiological studies that can inform health care policy and service provision.

Our research centres and institutes working in this area

Our research groups working in this area

  • Adelaide Spinal Research Group (Professor Brian Freeman)
  • Applied Cognition and Experimental Psychology (Dr Carolyn Semmler)
  • Cerebral Palsy Research Group (Emeritus Professor Alastair MacLennan)
  • Clinical Pharmacogenomics (Professor Andrew Somogyi)
  • Community Insights in Public Health Research Group (CIPHER) (Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer)
  • Computational Cognitive Science Laboratory (Associate Professor Amy Perfors)
  • GI Neuro-immune Interactions (Dr Patrick Hughes)
  • Intellectual Disability (Associate Professor Cheryl Shoubridge)
  • Lysosomal Diseases Research Unit (Professor Christopher Proud)
  • MAILES - Longitudinal Male Ageing Study (Professor Gary Wittert)
  • Male Uro-Reproductive Health Research Group (Professor Gary Wittert)
  • Neurogenetics Group (Professor Jozef Gecz)
  • Neuroimmunopharmacology Laboratory (Professor Mark Hutchinson)
  • Neurostimulation Research Group (Professor Cherrie Galletly)
  • Ophthalmic Research Laboratory (Professor Robert Casson)
  • Perinatal Health and Child Development (Dr Nicolette Hodyl)
  • Perioperative Model of Care (Professor Guy Ludbrook)
  • Personalised Psychiatry and Genomics Group (Professor Bernhard Baune)
  • Physiology of the Gut (Professor Michael Horowitz)
  • Psychology Education Research Group (Professor Anna Chur-Hansen and Professor Paul Delfabbro)
  • Translational Neuropathology Laboratory (Dr Renee Turner)
  • Visual Physiology and Neurobotics Laboratory (VPNL) (Dr Steven Wiederman)

Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree with us?

We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.

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