Edition 15
Welcome to the next edition of Research Matters.

The last few weeks have celebrated the Institute and the strength of our researchers. Our research Director, Professor Mark Bellgrove, was successful with an NHMRC Research Fellowship. Mark and the team will be working towards unlocking new ADHD treatments, with a program of research that will deliver several world firsts. In addition, an NMHRC Early Career Fellowship was awarded to Dr Thomas Andrillon, whose work in neurobiology could lead to tailored treatments for insomnia. I congratulate both Mark and Thomas on these fantastic achievements and wish them luck with their
ongoing research.
We are also celebrating our TALI team, who received a Dean’s Award for Excellence, as well as Professor Peter Norton, who was appointed Fellow in the Society of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association.
I must also congratulate Dr Bei Bei and Dr Sharna Jamadar who have been promoted to Senior Lecturer.
The past few weeks have also been about discovery. The increased use of smartphones and mobile technology lends itself well to our research; Dr Naomi Kakoschke is exploring how this technology is helping to improve the way we manage obesity.
Finally, I’m excited to announce that construction of BrainPark – our new and impressive research clinic – is complete, with the official launch taking place today. We look forward to seeing what exciting new discoveries BrainPark will bring in the addictive and compulsive disorders space. Please note that there is a change of date for the BrainPark Community Open Evening event – your opportunity to get hands-on with the interventions including virtual reality and exercise areas and equipment.
I hope that you enjoy reading about these and our other successes in this edition.

Best wishes,
Professor Kim Cornish
Director MICCN
The next big step to unlocking new ADHD treatments

Thanks to the recent award of an NHMRC Research Fellowship, MICCN Research Director Professor Mark Bellgrove aims to deliver a system-wide understanding of the biological pathways that mediate genetic risk for ADHD. Focussing on a systems neuroscience approach to ADHD, there is a potential to identify novel biological risk pathways and causative mechanisms that will facilitate the future identification of novel treatment pathways and personalised medicine approaches to ADHD. Read more...
How knowing the neurobiology could help with tailored treatments for insomnia

Thanks to the award of an NMHRC Early Career Fellowship, MICCN’s Dr Thomas Andrillon will try to crack the neurobiology mystery by developing a novel approach to sleep assessment aimed at unravelling robust markers of sleep-state misperception in brain recordings. Through the examination of the sleepers’ response to external or internal stimuli, he will seek to uncover crucial differences between individuals with insomnia and sleep-state misperception, and good sleeping controls. Read more...
Two MICCN experts recognised for excellence

Professor Christina Mitchell, Dean of the Faculty, presented this year’s awards in August 2018, where the Team Award for Excellence in Research (Enterprise) was received by Dr Hannah Kirk and Professor Kim Cornish from MICCN and the School of Psychological Sciences. Read more...
To be conscious of something, do we need to pay attention?

A study led by PhD student Mr Julian Matthews in the Tsuchiya lab at MICCN suggests suggests that some features of consciousness are distinct from attention; meaning that someone can be conscious of someone or something even if not paying attention. The team have developed a game-changing tool, which saw improvements made to a dual-task method. Read more...
Tackling obesity: using smartphones to shed the weight

MICCN Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Naomi Kakoschke, focused on two particular cognitive training strategies, approach-avoidance training (AAT) and episodic future thinking (EFT), in her study to determine whether the delivery of these strategies via smartphone also help prevent pound piling? Read more...
Are phone-obsessed teens at greater risk of ADHD?

Recent studies have shown a potential association between digital media and behavioural symptoms typically associated with ADHD. MICCN’s Dr Hannah Kirk explains all here. Read more...
Telehealth technology a winner for all

Telehealth has been recently validated as an effective method to deliver neuropsychological assessment. Additionally MICCN doctoral student Jodie Chapman won an award for Best Datablitz Presentation in relation to this success. Read more...
International leader of anxiety and depression treatment awarded APA Fellow status

MICCN Professor Peter Norton’s expertise in the treatment of anxiety and depression is reflected by his newfound Fellow Status in the Society of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA). Read more...
ARC CIBF Discovery: Using physics to understand the ‘music’ of the brain

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function shares exciting and innovative research findings through its channel, Discovery. This month, Discovery looks at how a physics-based approach has successfully explained mysterious oscillations in brain activity that are like the notes produced by a musical instrument. Read more...
Dr Rene Stolwyk featured on Ultra 106.5FM radio station in Tasmania for National Stroke Week. Listen to the segment here
Sign up for SONA

Want to take part in current psychology and neuroscience studies that are taking place within MICCN and the Monash School of Psychological Sciences? Sign up here.
Funding boost to help Australians
affected by ADHD

Announced recently by Minister Greg Hunt, ADHD research in Australia is set to receive $1.5 million from the Federal Government to help The Australian ADHD Professionals Association (AADPA) formalise agreed best practices and professional training for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD nationally, and to identify key research and public policy priorities. 

MICCN’s Research Director, Professor Mark Bellgrove (AADPA President), is excited by what these funds will mean to the AADPA, and to the future of ADHD research. Read more...
BrainPark Community Open Evening - Change of Date

The BrainPark Community Open Evening will now take place on Wednesday 26 September 2018. We’re nearing capacity, so register today if you want the chance to explore this new, exciting facility! 

BrainPark is a cutting-edge architecturally designed neuroscience research facility that will develop lifestyle and technology-based interventions for addictions and obsessive compulsive disorder & strategies that we can all use to improve our brain and mental health.

Date: Wednesday 26th September 2018
Time: 5.00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: BrainPark, Monash University, 
770 Blackburn Road, Clayton, VIC, 3168
Registrations: Free (booking essential)
Missed It?

Catch the ARC CIBF Brave New Brains recording here; The future of brain-computer interfaces and the challenges they present.
National Stroke Week

It is estimated that more than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented simply by managing risk factors and living a healthy lifestyle. There are, however, still some risk factors for stroke that can’t be prevented. For the people who have unfortunately experienced stroke, MICCN has science-driven programs in place to assist with their recovery and to give them the best life possible. Read more...
RU OK? Day

Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don't need to be an expert - just a good friend and a great listener. So, if you notice someone who might be struggling - start a conversation. This year’s RU OK Day takes place on Thursday 13 September 2018. For more information and for help with starting a conversation, visit the website:
Diversity and Inclusion Week 

Monash University recently celebrated its annual Diversity and Inclusion Week. The week celebrates our diverse community and strengthens our inclusive culture. MICCN is very much dedicated to creating an environment of involvement, respect and connection through sharing and learning from one another. Find out more here.
Seeking Superstars of STEM

Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash and Assistant Minister for Science Zed Seselja have launched a nation-wide search for women in STEM with the passion, talent and drive to become superstars. This program is supported by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and provides great opportunities to become visible public role models and help change the public stereotype of scientists. Note that the program requires time and financial commitments – it is recommended that you speak with your supervisor before considering an application. More information:
Oldham, S., Murawski, C., Fornito, A., Youssef, G., Yücel, M. & Lorenzetti, V. (2018) The anticipation and outcome phases of reward and loss processing: A neuroimaging meta-analysis of the monetary incentive delay taskHuman Brain Mapping, 39(8),
Zitting, K-M., Munch, M. Y., Cain, S. W., Wang, W., Wong, A., Ronda, J. M., Aeschbach, D., Czeisler, C. A. & Duffy, J. F. (2018) Young adults are more vulnerable to chronic sleep deficiency and recurrent circadian disruption than older adultsScientific Reports, 8(1),
Cohen, D.Tsuchiya, N. (2018) The effect of common signals on power, coherence and Granger causality: Theoretical review, simulations, and empirical analysis of fruit fly LFPs dataFrontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 12(Art.30), p1-23.
Kakoschke, N., Hawker, C., Castine, B., de Courten, B., VerdejoGarcia, A. (2018) Smartphone‐based cognitive bias modification training improves healthy food choice in obesity: A pilot studyEuropean Eating Disorders Review, 26(5), p1-7.
Farrell, A-M., Carter, A., Rogasch, N. C. & Fitzgerald, P. B. (2018) Regulating consumer use of transcranial direct current stimulation devicesMedical Journal of Australia, 209(1), p1-3.
1) What are the key areas of research that interest you?       
The role of parents in the development and mental health of children and young people, and how parents can be supported in that role.

2) What has been a highlight of your research career to date?
Too many to name, really, because to me, all parts of the journey have been instrumental in shaping where I am to date in my career.

3) Who has been the greatest inspiration in your research career and why?
My kids! They remind me every day how important and challenging parenting is—which has certainly deepened my passion for my area of research, and helps me to empathise with parents I have contact with!

4) What advice would you give a person starting out their research career?
Enjoy the journey! Seek out mentors who genuinely believe in you and support you. Pursue your passions, embrace opportunities that come your way, be prepared for setbacks and make them work for you (i.e. learn from them), and always be open to learn and grow.

5) Share something about you that most people wouldn't know.
I am passionate about what I do because I know that God has called me to it. It’s a wonderful place to be, to know and feel (most days anyway!) that I’m fulfilling my purpose in life.
MICCN brings together over 200 world-class researchers with cutting-edge research infrastructure from a range of disciplines and faculties to work towards advancement in areas of critical importance to well-being. 

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