PhD Research Presentations

Wednesday 06 October 2021

On September 29th, four researchers discussed their research projects, which have been funded by the NeuroSurgical Research Foundation.

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For those who could not attend, or for those who would like to review the presentations again in more detail, please view the speakers presentations below.

PhD Candidate: Keziah Skein

Traumatic Brain & Spinal Cord Injury

My research will focus on characterising the inflammatory response after concomitant Traumatic Brain Injury/Spinal Cord Injury, and then identifying whether this response is predictive of the later development of neuropathic pain.

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PhD Candidate: Justin Krieg

Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Traumatic brain injuries can lead to persistent emotional, behavioural, and cognitive symptoms. Damage to axons, long thread like structures that transmit information between neurons, may underlie these symptoms. My project investigates how axonal injury evolves over time and the different types of damage axons may incur. I’ll also determine whether axonal damage is different in children versus adults. This will allow identification of novel treatments which may depend on age at injury.

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Research Officer: Ms Lola Kaukas

Traumatic Brain Injury research

One large focus of my work has been a collaboration between the Department of Neurosurgery and the Trauma Service investigating the role of Rotational Thromboelastometry (ROTEM) blood test in the management of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). ROTEM blood tests are an advanced, point-of-care method of detecting abnormalities in the bloods ability to clot, also known as coagulopathy. These tests provide rapid bedside results that facilitate speedy intervention and may provide clues to how someone may recover following a TBI.

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PhD Candidate: Brittany Child

Parkinson's Research

Our ongoing research involves undertaking extensive cognitive testing with Parkinson's patients both on and off medication, with the goal of identifying which aspects of cognitive function are either improved or worsened by current drug treatments. In addition, our research seeks to explore whether different patterns of motor dysfunction in Parkinson's disease co-occur with - and predict - specific patterns of cognitive decline.

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