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Monday27 March 2017

The Silver Lining Gene that Could Help Depression

Dr Chad Bousman of the University of Melbourne wanted to know why some people developed long-term depression. His team found the answer. Research published in British Journal of Psychiatry Open focusses on the SERT gene, which transports the mood-regulating chemical serotonin. Read more.


Work Experience - Melbourne Neuroscience Institute

The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute is running a comprehensive and diverse science-based work experience program for secondary school students (Year 9 and 10) in Australia. Students will have the opportunity to work with a different research each day in disciplines such as engineering, neurology, clinical science, medicine, music, ethics, etc. Read more.

MRtrix Software Package Has Over 8200 Downloads

MRtrix software package was developed at the Florey Austin for the processing of diffusion MRI, is widely used internationally and currently has over 8200 downloads. MRtrix forms the basis for a Siemens Work In Progress Package that is expected to be released shortly.

Introducing Post-Doctoral Researcher: Dr Robert Smith

Dr Smith's research is focused on the technical development of Diffusion MRI and its application in the brain. The lab develops and maintains free open-source software for the analysis of diffusion MR data, "MRtrix", which gives the research community fast access to cutting-edge methods for manipulation and visualisation of their images.

Student PhD Projects: Peter Yoo

A number of students' PhD projects across institutions and sites have been supported by the use of equipment made available by VBIC.

Peter Yoo is a PhD student at Parkville, who is investigating developing a novel diagnostic tool for invasive intracranial electrode implantation treatments via real-time ultra high-field fMRI with neurofeedback at 7 Tesla.