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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine Role: Senior Lecturer
Research Interests:Current research interests and projects include the epidemiology and natural history and consequences of cannabis and alcohol use and dependence, cannabis potency and the Australian cannabis market and substance use among older Australians. Broad Research Areas:Drug Related Harm / Addiction, Clinical Research, Community Medicine, Epidemiology, Population Health Qualifications:...
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Faculty: Faculty of Science Role: Associate Professor Field: Cell Neurochemistry, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Cellular Interactions (incl. Adhesion, Matrix, Cell Wall), Cellular Nervous System, Neurobiology
Research Contribution The major focus of my research is on the mechanisms via which adhesion molecules of the immunoglobulin superfamily regulate the development and functioning of the brain cells – neurons. Adhesion molecules are present at the cell surface of neurons where they function as “short-range detectors” of the environment surrounding neurons. In developing neurons, these molecules...
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine Role: Conjoint Associate Professor Field: Motor Control, Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
I am an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and an Associate Professor through the School of Medical Sciences. My research area is the control of human movement.  My work investigates how the brain and nervous system control the actions of the muscles.  The control of muscles by the nervous system underlies all of our actions.  This control requires constant modulation...
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Faculty: Faculty of Science Role: Professor Field: Chemical Science, Nanochemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry, Synthesis of Materials, Organic Chemical Synthesis
BIOGRAPHY   Description My research is in the area of bio-mimetic chemistry with focus on nanomedicine, supramolecular and biophysical chemistry. To this end we apply a combination of synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry, bioconjugate chemistry (chemical modification of biological molecules), cellular biology (for activity assays) and supramolecular chemistry to make our target systems and...
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine Role: Professor Field: Neurosciences, Public Health and Health Services, Mental Health
Professor Julian Trollor is a neuropsychiatrist and holds the inaugural Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He also heads the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry within the School of Psychiatry at UNSW. Julian is involved in diverse research programs including ageing and cognitive decline in intellectual disability,...
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine Role: Associate Professor Field: Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance, Sensory Systems, Neurosciences, Animal Physiology - Systems
Research Interests: My broad aim is to understand the neural mechanisms that give rise to sensory perception. In collaboration with colleagues at UWS and at NeuRA, I work on tactile perception and cortical coding in the somatosensory system, and on tactile prostheses to restore touch to amputees. Electrophysiological techniques are employed to study neural coding. Psychophysical and behavioural...
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine Role: Conjoint Senior Lecturer Field: Central Nervous System
Bryce Vissel's work spans neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and spinal disorders as well as studies of the neural basis of learning and memory and movement mechanisms.   After being awarded his PhD in medical genetics from the University of Melbourne in 1991, Professor Vissel joined Garvan’s Neuroscience Division, where he was subsequently awarded a National Health and...
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Faculty: Faculty of Science Role: Associate Professor
Professional Experience 2013-current: Senior Lecturer, School of BABS 2001-2012: Research Scientist, RIKEN OmicsScience Center, Japan 2008-2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept of Neurogenetics, University of California, LA 2003-2008: Ph.D Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics University of Illinois at Chicago Research Interests and Contribution Broadly, my research interests are in the area of...
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine Role: Associate Professor Field: Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology), Infectious Diseases, Autonomic Nervous System
Ute Vollmer-Conna has extensive training in the rare combination of psychology (learning and behaviour, neuropsychology and statistics) and laboratory immunology; and a doctorate in the cross-disciplinary field of Psychoneuroimmunology. She is a registered psychologist and had has a Germany qualification in physiotherapy. Her current position is as Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the...
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine Role: Professor Field: Immunology, Optometry and Ophthalmology, Rheumatology and Arthritis, Autoimmunity
  Professor Wakefield AO graduated from UNSW with First Class Honours and the University Medal for Medicine.  He has dual specialist qualifications in internal medicine (FRACP) and pathology (FRCPA) (immunology).  He is Director of the Centre for Immunology and Head of Immunopathology with the South Eastern Area Health Service.  He was Head of the School of Pathology for ten years before becoming...