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Faculty: Science Role: Associate Professor
My research aims to identify the neurobiological causes of anxiety disorders, which are the most common class of mental illness in Australia, affecting 11% of men and almost twice as many women (18%) in a given year. A primary component of my research focuses on how sex hormones influence the development and treatment of anxiety disorders in women, with a view to develop sex-specific models of...
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Faculty: Medicine & Health Role: Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Research Interests: Characterisation of how an individuals collection of Lifestyle factors alters their body’s biochemistry and immune activity driving it toward either health or disease.  In particular the influence of this constellation of lifestyle factors on natural killer (NK) cell activity, redox balance (i.e. oxidative stress) and NAD+ metabolism and how these influence cellular...
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Faculty: Medicine & Health Role: Professor Field: Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, Genetics
Research Interests: My research uses methods from epidemiology, neuroscience, and genetics to understand life-course risk for mental disorders. I am particularly interested in how stress and other social determinants of health increase risk for psychosis, via biological or other mechanisms that may be observable in early life. I am the lead scientific investigator of the NSW Child Development...
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Faculty: Medicine & Health Role: Senior Research Fellow
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Faculty: Medicine & Health Role: Adjunct Professor Field: Neurosciences, Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases
I am the Professor of Neuroscience at the University of New South Wales with a major reputation in the area of pathology of neurodegenerative diseases. I work at Neuroscience Research Australia as a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (nationally-competitive full-time medical researcher since 1990), Head of their Ageing and...
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Faculty: Medicine & Health Role: Co-Head, Cytoskeleton Therapeutics Research Unit Field: Molecular Medicine, Cancer Cell Biology, Cell Development, Proliferation and Death, Biologically Active Molecules
Professor Hardeman received her doctorate from the Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University in the field of cholesterol biosynthesis and then took up a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology, Stanford Medical School to study muscle determination factors funded by an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship. She established her laboratory, the Muscle Development Unit, at the...
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Faculty: Science Role: Professor Field: Social and Community Psychology, Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
ABOUT ME   Biography My lab studies the psychology of motivation and emotion, employing social and neuroscience approaches. We are interested in the interplay of cognition, emotion, and motivation. This interest leads us to investigate topics such as approach motivation and emotions (e.g., anger, desire); attitude formation, maintenance, and change; the antecedents and consequences of...
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Faculty: Medicine & Health Role: Director Field: Psychiatry, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, Epidemiology
Dr Samuel Harvey, MBBS MRCGP MRCPsych FRANZCP PhD, leads the Workplace Mental Health Research Program at the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales.  He is a psychiatrist and epidemiologist with a particular interest in the overlap between mental health, physical health and work.  After initially working as a general practitioner, Dr Harvey trained in both general adult and...
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Faculty: Medicine & Health Role: Adjunct Professor Field: Animal Physiology - Cell, Animal Physiology - Biophysics, Animal Neurobiology
Over the last 22 years Dr Head’s research has been in the general area of skeletal muscle physiology. In particular his interest has been in the area of the muscular dystrophies and studying the role of [Ca2+]i  in the physiology and pathophysiology of skeletal muscle. Dr Head’s laboratory has also performed substantial work on dystrophic mdx mouse cerebellum dysfunction. Dystrophin, the protein...
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Faculty: Engineering Role: Honorary Senior Lecturer
Dr Bernhard Hengst is a Senior Research Fellow, School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales. His research interests include general purpose intelligent systems that can learn and be taught to perform many different tasks autonomously by interacting with their environment over a lifetime using a layered learning cognitive architecture.