Neuroscience

Neuroscience has been described as the fastest growing discipline in biomedical research, with employment prospects estimated to grow at 36% between 2010 and 2020 for the USA alone (USA Bureau of Labor). At UNE, we provide  pathways for you to achieve a qualification in Neuroscience, working with staff in the Brain-Behaviour Research Group within the School of Science and Technology.

As an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Science (BSc), you can study a major in Neuroscience within your degree.  Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience) units can be found in the Courses and Units Catalogue

As a postgraduate student you can complete an articulation pathway in neuroscience beginning with the Graduate Certificate in Science (Neuroscience), Graduate Diploma in Science (Neuroscience) and Master of Neuroscience. If you complete the Graduate Certificate you will be eligible to enrol for the Master of Neuroscience and will be granted advanced standing (credit) for four units leaving you 12 units to complete towards the Master of Neuroscience.  Likewise, if you complete the Graduate Diploma before enrolling for the Master of Neuroscience, you will be granted advanced standing of eight units leaving you with eight units to complete towards the Master of Neuroscience.

If you are a Higher Degree Research student and already have a relevant degree, you can complete the Master of Science in Neuroscience and graduate with the MSc (Neuroscience) in just one year of Full Time study.

Neuroscience at UNE includes a range of research methodologies, ranging from biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, clinical and medical psychology, computer modeling and physiology. These techniques are used to focus our research on two major areas of clinical importance:

  1. Depression
  2. Autism

Research projects are available in all these areas, using human and animal models and working in our laboratories with the staff listed below. All of these projects have the common theme of understanding neural processes and linking them with behaviour to describe clinical phenomena.

Staff and Research Areas

Professor Chris Sharpley (UNE): Depression and anxiety as functional behavioural responses to overwhelming environmental stressors; Subtypes of Depression; Anxiety & depression among children with an ASD and prostate cancer patients.

Professor Vicki Bitsika (UNE): Autism Spectrum Disorders; Anxiety and depression; Psycho-Oncology; Functional Behavioural Analysis.

Associate Professor Linda Agnew (UNE): Bi-directional communication between immune and nervous systems and their role in depression.

Dr Adam Hamlin (UNE): Preclinical studies of depression and anxiety.

Dr Nicholas Andronicos (UNE): Proteomic and genomic analysis of depression.

Dr Mary McMillan (UNE): Genetic and biological markers of mental health disorders.

Dr Phillip Fourie (UNE): Patient-centred assessment and treatment of anxiety disorder.