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Discipline of Psychiatry
Level 4, Eleanor Harrald Building
Royal Adelaide Hospital
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005
AUSTRALIA

YEAR 3 AND HONOURS RESEARCH PROJECTS

Research Projects for Students e.g. in year 3 and/or for an honours degree in the following areas can be supervised or co-supervised from staff within the discipline of Psychiatry.


Medicine

Title: Phenotypes underlying Neuroscience and regenerative potential of Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Neuroscience assists to improve the understanding of underlying mechanisms of Psychiatric Disorders. The phenotypes of Neuropsychiatric Disorders are manifold and include impairments of mood, cognition and behaviour which may negatively influence daily function and general development. In addition to the understanding of pathological mechanisms of Psychiatric Disorders, it is of specific relevance to increase our knowledge on the potential for regeneration of the brain and mind. To stimulate regeneration at the emotional, cognitive and behavioural levels will significantly assist individuals to recover from Neuropsychiatric Disorders.

Several projects spanning from basic science to clinical application on the above topics are available within the Discipline of Psychiatry. Details of project areas and contacts of potential supervisors are listed under the specific Research Centres and Research Groups. 

 

Pharmacology

Title: Behaviour and cognition in mouse models for inflammation

Behaviour and cognition are influenced by many factors such as genes,  environment, health status and drug use. This project will investigate several behaviours in new mouse lines. These mouse lines were developed to investigate the role of the immune system and inflammation on behaviour and cognition.

Background info:  Neuroimmunology Research Group    or   Psychiatry Research Themes

Supervisors: Baune, Buisman-Pijlman, Jaehne, Jawahar

 

Physiology

Title: Altered cognition-, depression- and anxiety like behaviours driven by genetically modified mice

Research projects spanning the whole teaching year are undertaken. Projects in the Psychiatric Neuroscience or Neuroimmunology Research Groups involve the use of transgenic mice to uncover immunological mechanisms in the brain, and the application of a variety of cognition-, anxiety- and depression-like behavioural tests. These projects will investigate several behaviours relevant to Neuropsychiatric Disorders in new mouse lines.

For more information about the work of these Psychiatric Neuroscience and Neuroimmunology labs, please see the website

Supervisors: Baune, Buisman-Pijlman, Jaehne, Jawahar

 

Psychology