Developmental Neurobiology

Developmental Neurobiology is the scientific study of the molecular and cellular basis of healthy brain development. It also includes the study of how these processes can be altered in diseases that strike the young, like schizophrenia.

Professor Cyndi
Shannon Weickert
Macquarie Group
Foundation Chair
of Schizophrenia
Research

Using an existing hormone modulator, the trial aims to improve cognitive and memory function for people with schizophrenia, opening a possibility of further education and extended employment.Cyndi is driven by her own experience of growing up with a twin brother who developed schizophrenia and has spent the last twenty-plus years investigating how the developing brain is affected by genes, hormones and growth factors in schizophrenia. She is one of a handful of developmental neurobiologists in the world who specialise in schizophrenia research and her team at the Schizophrenia Research Laboratory has had many successes, most notably the commencement of the first clinical drug trial for the Schizophrenia Research Institute.

 

 

 

Other Areas We Are Currently Exploring in This Area include: 

  • When does schizophrenia begin? Identifying the critical time periods, such as infancy and adolescence, during which the brain development can be negatively impacted to result in schizophrenia
  • Examining nerve growth factors in schizophrenia
  • Developing and optimising biomarkers for diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia
  • Personalising treatments in schizophrenia

 

Learn More About

Schizophrenia Research Laboratory
Cyndi’s Team 
Key Institute Scientists- Developmental Neurobiology

*The Schizophrenia Research Laboratory is a joint initiative of the Schizophrenia Research Institute, University of NSW, Neuroscience Research Australia, and the Macquarie Group Foundation. It is supported by NSW Health.

Key Areas

Developmental Neurobiology
Professor Cyndi Shannon Weickert
Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Schizophrenia Research.
Cyndi is driven by her own experience of growing up with a twin brother who developed schizophrenia and has spent the last twenty-plus years investigating how the developing brain is affected by genes, hormones and growth factors in schizophrenia.
Epidemiology and Population Health
Professor Vaughan Carr
Institute CEO and Chair of Schizophrenia Epidemiology and Population Health.
Prof. Carr is an internationally recognised schizophrenia researcher, with more than 30 years’ experience in mental health research.

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