March, 2017
It has been another exciting and prosperous month for MICCN.
In this second edition of Research Matters, we explore our new MOU with D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The two Institutes – MICCN and IDOR - have complementary research strengths that will build capacity namely in the neuroscience of addiction and mental health in humans.
We are also celebrating more grant wins and papers published, and we are taking a look at how Professor Paul Maruff, our new Professor of Enterprise, is settling in and helping to develop a strong enterprise and commercial focus for the Institute.
The Institute continues to grow and I would like to take this opportunity to express, once again, how proud I am of the entire MICCN team for their ongoing efforts and dedication throughout our journey together.

Best wishes,
Professor Kim Cornish
Director MICCN

Another major international collaboration for MICCN

MICCN has signed another international Memorandum of Understanding, this time with the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Professor Leonardo Fontenelle, an internationally recognised psychiatrist and researcher in compulsivity/addiction, is assisting MICCN with facilitating this international collaboration.
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Stroke Foundation Grant makes remote therapy a possibility

MICCN and MERRC researcher, Dr Dana Wong, has been awarded a one-year Stroke Foundation Small Project Grant to fund her important project, “Telehealth delivery of memory rehabilitation following stroke”. The study hopes to have major positive implications for patients encountering geographic, mobility, or cost-related barriers to accessing rehabilitation services.  Read more...
Neuroscience in gambling policy and treatment: an interdisciplinary perspective

Neuroscientific explanations of gambling disorder can help people make sense of their experiences and guide the development of psychosocial interventions. However, the societal perceptions and implications of these explanations are not always clear or helpful. A paper titled, “Neuroscience in gambling policy and treatment: an interdisciplinary perspective“, collated by key members of the MICCN Addiction team, was recently published in The Lancet Psychiatry. The paper explores the neuroscientific explanations of gambling disorder and how the harms of gambling can be reduced.  Read more…
Critical cognitive research boosted by new testing suite
A new cognitive testing suite has been constructed at MICCN, to help facilitate leading research into human cognitive function.  Read more…
Show your support: Walk for the Monash Children's Hospital

MICCN will be joining the 5km walk for the Monash Children’s Hospital on Sunday 5 March 2017, to help raise vital funds to provide care to sick children and their families.

Get involved by joining or show your support by sponsoring Team MICCN here.
MICCN’s Professor of Enterprise enhancing Institute-to-industry focus

It has been a few months since MICCN appointed leading cognitive neuroscience expert, Professor Paul Maruff, as Professor of Enterprise. We caught up with Paul to see how he is settling in to this brand new role.  Read more...
Shelton, A.L., Cornish, K., Clough, M., Gajamange, S., Kolbe, S., Fielding, J. (2017). Disassociation between brain activation and executive function in fragile X premutation femalesHuman Brain Mapping, 38(2), 1056-1067. 
Verdejo-Román, J., Vilar-López, R., Navas, J.F., Soriano-Mas, C., Verdejo-Garcia, A. (2017). Brain reward system's alterations in response to food and monetary stimuli in overweight and obese individualsHuman Brain Mapping, 38(2), 666-677.
Dandash, O., Pantelis, C., Fornito, A. (2017). Dopamine, fronto-striato-thalamic circuits and risk for psychosisSchizophrenia Research, 180, 48-57.
Kordsachia, C.C.,  Labuschagne, I.,  Stout, J.C.  (2017) Beyond emotion recognition deficits: A theory guided analysis of emotion processing in Huntington's diseaseNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 73, 276-292.
Taylor, J.B., Cummins, T.D.R., Fox, A.M., Johnson, B.P., Tong, J.H., Visser, T.A.W., Hawi, Z., Bellgrove, M.A. (2017 In Press) Allelic variation in dopamine D2 receptor gene is associated with attentional impulsiveness on the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11)World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 16 January 2017, Pages 1-9.
MICCN’s partnership with the AFL on our new sports concussion research has made several headlines of late, including a recent article in The Age.
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1) What are the key areas of research that interest you?       
I am fascinated by how the nervous system coordinates and controls our limbs. Human movement is so amazingly complex, yet mostly taken for granted.

2) What has been a highlight of your research career to date?
I always get a kick when I see that other groups are citing my work.

3) Who has been the greatest inspiration in your research career and why?
My PhD supervisors and mentors, Professor Winston Byblow and Associate Professor Cathy Stinear. They have an infectious enthusiasm for science and they taught me the importance of being hypothesis driven.

4) What advice would you give a person starting out their research career?
Investing time in something that doesn’t produce immediate results is not time wasted. Learn to code.

5) Share something about you that most people wouldn't know. 
I was a cricket fast bowler in my youth and represented my region at national tournaments.
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