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Sunday28 February 2021

This month we feature research project work by Dr Blaine McCracken of Werribee node. Dr McCracken looking at how a different laparoscopic technique that is currently used in humans and dogs may be adapted for use in rabbits, hopefully making the procedure safer for the rabbits.

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.


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 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.

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.