The Laboratory of Molecular Neurogenetics focuses on the understanding of the role of heritable disease-causing mutations in the manifestation of childhood cognitive dysfunction. We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate to be part of our group to undertake research as part of our NHMRC project (2016-2019).

One of our current genes of interest is a transcription factor encoded by the Aristaless-related homeobox (ARX) gene. Children with the two most common mutations (namely PA1 and PA2 mutation) all suffer from intellectual disability, with a proportion of them also with recurrent intractable seizures. Our current project plans to investigate whether the protective property of estradiol in PA1 mutation, as demonstrated by our collaborators, extends to the more common PA2 mutation. More importantly, we aim to uncover the molecular and cellular events that mediate the protection triggered by estradiol administration. Knowledge from this study will allow us to identify potential therapeutic treatments.

Successful applicant(s) must hold a degree of BSc (Hons) or equivalent/ AND have or expect to receive an APA or equivalent postgraduate scholarship that allows them to work in the field of biology.

For more details please contact

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Qualified statisticians located in the Data analysis, Design and Statistics Service, provided by Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA), are available to support research in the Faculty. PhD and Masters by research students and Faculty staff and clinical affiliates are eligible for a capped number of hours of free statistical research support. Statistical services include providing advice on research project design and planning, assistance with the design and analysis components of ethics and grant applications, guidance on appropriate methods of data collection and management, as well as the hands-on analysis of existing data sets and interpretation of findings. Please contact Rebecca Gross to schedule an appointment with a statistician or read more details about the service on the Faculty website.

Larger research projects can also be supported on a fee-for-service arrangement with AHTA. These services include study design, data entry, data management and cleaning, and statistical analysis. In addition, AHTA’s Research IT service develops web-based data entry and information management systems, that are accessible via desktop and mobile devices, and tailored to the client’s research needs. If you are thinking of using capability like this as part of your research grants, please contact A/Prof Tracy Merlin, AHTA’s Director, to arrange a quote to inform your budget.

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Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance Grant

Congratulations to Emily Bain from the Robinson Research Institute for receiving a project grant from the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy for her research:

Neonatal and infant adverse effects of antennal magnesium sulphate for improving outcomes for mothers and babies: a systematic review.

Emily will receive $23,500 over a 2-year project.

Please visit the Cerebral Palsy Alliance website for more details

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Exercise therapy for the management of non-obstructive coronary artery disease By Dr Kanchani Rajopadhyaya, Cardiology Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medicine, University of Adelaide and Basil Hetzel Institute TQEH, When: 12 – 1pm Thursday 10 December Cost: FREE. All welcome. Where: Ground Floor Seminar Rooms, Basil Hetzel Institute, 37a Woodville Road, Woodville South

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The Northern Communities Health Foundation Inc. in conjunction with the University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Heart Foundation SA is pleased to invite you to attend a FREE PUBLIC LECTURE featuring Professor Noel Bairey Merz MD, FACC, FAHA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ‘Women and Heart Disease: What you need to know’ Date: Wednesday […]

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Researchers in the School of Psychology are seeking people aged 18 and over to complete an online survey taking approximately 15-25 minutes. All participants go in the draw for a chance to win an iPad Mini 4 (16GB with wifi and cellular capabilities) valued at $729. To participate, please visit The survey will close on […]

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Research Challenges and Opportunities – How South Australian Universities are making an impact South Australia Chapter of ARMS cordially invites you to attend a special presentation by the three South Australian PVC/DVC(R)s. Presenters Professor Julie Owens, PVC(R), University of Adelaide Professor Tanya Monro, DVC(R), University of South Australia Professor Robert Saint, DVC(R), Flinders University Date:     […]

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Dr Mahnaz Ramezanpour, ENT Research Officer, Department of Surgery, University of Adelaide and Basil Hetzel Institute TQEH, will present “Characterisation of anti-cancer properties of bioactive compounds extracted from sea anemone venom” & “TH17 cytokines disrupt the airway mucosal barrier in chronic rhinosinusitis”. When: 12 – 1pm Thursday 3 December 2015 Cost: FREE. All welcome. Where: […]

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The Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, School of Dentistry, is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Jason Armfield’s NHMRC funded research ‘Understanding the role of psychological factors in the etiology, prevention and treatment of high dental fear’ has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of the NHMRC’s Ten of the Best […]

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Applications are now open for Faculty funding for the 2016 Indigenous Course Enrichment Project. An Indigenous Course Enrichment Project commenced this year in the Faculty and University, in order to enrich our current and future courses and programs with Indigenous knowledge and perspectives. Many areas in the Faculty have already developed ideas relevant to this […]

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