Welcome to Research Matters

Welcome to the 1st Edition of Research Matters: a newsletter for MICCN staff, alumni and friends of the Institute that showcases some of our research achievements, publications and events. 
I would like to welcome you all to our brand new newsletter for the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN), Research Matters.
Since its inception in 2015, MICCN has grown to become the largest institutes of its type in the Asia Pacific. We unite over 200 world-class researchers with cutting-edge research infrastructure, to better understand the brain and mind; specifically in addiction, attention and memory, and sleep. And, our research and education programs are delivered in collaboration with our clinical and industry partners.
Each month, we will be sharing with you some of the highlights from around the Institute, including our research successes and outcomes, stories of industry and community engagement, and a little about our people, who help to make us what we are.
We hope that you enjoy the first edition of this exciting newsletter, and thank you for your continued support and for being a part of the greater MICCN team.
Best wishes,
Prof Kim Cornish
Director MICCN
Inaugural Computational Neuroscience Symposium a great success

200 neuroscientists and students gathered together at the Monash Biomedical Imaging Auditorium on Friday 3 February 2017, to hear 12 leading national and international experts present their research at the inaugural MICCN Computational Neuroscience Symposium.
The event was hosted by MICCN, with the support of the Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF) and the Alertness CRC.
Professor Ian Smith, Vice-Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure), from Monash University opened the proceedings, which was shortly followed by the opening presentation by Prof Gustavo Deco from the Center of Brain and Cognition (UPF), Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona. Prof Deco provided delegates with an interesting insight into how brain states could be identified, looking towards a global model of brain activity.
MICCN would like to thank everyone involved in the Symposium and would welcome any feedback or suggestions for future events. Contact:

Click here to read the full article. 
MICCN launches major international partnership


A new and unique research partnership was, this month, officially launched, between Monash University and Western University.

The universities’ two leading cognitive neuroscience institutes - the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN) and Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute (BMI) - are connected through a collaboration that will help to build capacity, namely in brain development, brain imaging and behaviour, in humans and in animals, across two continents.

Both MICCN and BMI are also individually in collaboration with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in the Netherlands. The potential alliances between all three Institutes will facilitate the building of an international ‘network of excellence’ with leading educational, research and industrial innovators, linking together the best researchers from around the world to help promote research, facilitate research training and transfers, and foster national and international collaboration in cognitive neuroscience.

Read more here.
MICCN Researcher awarded Australia-Harvard Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr Sean Cain on being awarded an Australia-Harvard Fellowship. These prestigious fellowships are intended by the Foundation to support mid-career and senior Harvard-based researchers undertaking collaborative projects in Australia, as well as Australian hosts of prior fellowships undertaking follow-up visits to Harvard facilities. Dr Cain’s research will explore genes related to circadian health.
Consciousness in the fruit fly

MICCN researcher, A/Prof Naotsugu Tsuchiya, has been awarded a grant by Templeton World Charity Foundation Inc. for his project "Intelligence and counsciousness in flies".

Click here to read more.
Helping children starts with helping their parents...

MICCN's Dr Marie Yap has been awarded a Monash Warwick Alliance Seed Fund grant for her project, "Parenting Strategies for parents of youths engaged in youth mental health services".

Click here to read the full article.
MICCN researcher receives honourable mention for book

Congratulations to A/Prof Alex Fornito, whose 2016 text book, “Fundamentals of Brain Network Analysis”, received an Honourable Mention in the category of Biomedicine and Science at the 2017 Association of American Publishers PROSE Awards in Washington, USA.

Further details about the award can be found here
Graduate Research Completions

The School congratulates the following students on the successful completion of their research degrees:

Doctor of Philosophy: Ms Simonne Cohen, Mr Robert Eres, Ms Pamela Ross and Ms Annie Shelton
DPsych Clinical Psychology: Ms Madeleine Paige, Ms Sophie Robinson and Ms Francesca Thomson
DPsych Clinical Neuropsychology: Ms Coco Bernard
DPsych Organisational Psychology: Ms Sally Richardson
Welcome to Professor Peter Anderson

Professor Peter Anderson who will be joining the MICCN and the School of Psychological Sciences from this month. 

Peter is a Research Professor and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow.  His work focuses on understanding brain and cognitive development following early brain insults, and for the past 15 years his program has centered on neonatal conditions, especially infants born very preterm. 

As a senior member of the MICCN Attention and Memory Program, Peter will foster collaborations with Monash Biomedical Imaging, the Ritchie Centre, and the new Monash Children’s Hospital.
Introducing the new Sona system

The Sona system is a web-based tool providing information on current psychology and neuroscience studies that are taking place within the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN) and the Monash School of Psychological Sciences.

The system includes advice on how to participate in these important research studies, which have been set up and scheduled in by our MICCN researchers.

Many of these studies offer some form of remuneration.

Interested in participating? Visit here.
MICCN partners with AFL on new sports concussion research

MICCN researcher, Dr Catherine Willmott, in collaboration with Associate Professor Biswadev Mitra at the National Trauma Research Institute, has been awarded a NHMRC Partnership Grant and a Monash Interdisciplinary Research Grant to undertake the first ever in vivo investigation of the biomechanics associated with head impacts in Australian football in partnership with the Australian Football League.


Click here to read the full article.
Groundbreaking partnership to deliver innovative solutions to improve sleep and mental health
By bringing together MICCN’s world-leading sleep and circadian expertise and Medibio's mental health diagnostics capabilities, the collaboration will translate cutting-edge science into next-generation mental health solutions.

MICCN is pleased to announce the establishment of a new partnership with Medibio Limited, to create innovative approaches to improve the sleep and mental health outcomes of the population.
Click here for the full article.
Walk for the Monash Children’s Hospital

On Sunday 5 March 2017, MICCN will be joining the 5km walk for the Monash Children’s Hospital, to help raise vital funds to provide care to sick children and their families.

Monash Children's Hospital delivers care in oncology, child protection, rehabilitation, neonatal intensive care, paediatric intensive care, and orthopaedic and palliative care, and is a part of Monash Health - Victoria's largest healthcare service.

For those who would like to get involved, we invite you to join our MICCN team, or alternatively, you can sponsor Team MICCN here.

Thank you for your support.
MICCN supports early career researcher (ECR) networking opportunities and research activities. Every three months, MICCN ECRs get together to discuss key topics of interest. Last time, Senior Research Officer Tessa Jones talked about ECR grant and fellowship opportunities. At the forthcoming ECR meeting on the 9 March 2017, Professor Murat Yücel from the MICCN Brain & Mental Health lab will talk about how to get a permanent position and build a successful lab. If you are a MICCN ECR (less than 10 years post-PhD) and not yet on the MICCN ECR email list, please contact MICCN ECR coordinator Dr Pascal Molenberghs ( to stay up to date with all the latest MICCN ECR information.
The MNHS Faculty also supports ECR events. The BIG event for 2017 will be the ECR Symposium, to be held on Monday 30 October 2017. Planning has already commenced for a full day of professional development talks and networking opportunities with ECRs throughout the Faculty. Stay tuned for more information.
How do connectomes contribute to human cognition?

Associate Professor Alex Fornito, explores & examines how different wiring patterns contribute to differences in cognitive abilities.
Click here to read the article.
MICCN researchers bring OSA patients on step closer to individualised therapy

Dr Bradley Edwards and his team at MICCN are bringing clinicians one step closer to individualising therapy for patients with Obstructive sleep Apnea with their findings.
Listen to the Podcast here or read the full article here.
Professor Kim Cornish, Director MICCN 

1) What are the key areas of research that interest you?
Childhood developmental brain disorders have always been my core research area. In particular, delineating the signature cognitive attention profiles that result from distinct brain disorders such as autism and fragile X syndrome. 

2) What has been a highlight of your research career to date?
Becoming an inventor as well as a researcher. TALI is an interactive attention training program for young children with impaired attention. It's the result of 25 years of research and was developed in collaboration with Dr Hannah Kirk (co-inventor) and our industry partners. It's an amazing translational tool that I am so proud of!

3) Who has been the greatest inspiration in your research career and why?
Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith has been the biggest inspiration of my career. She was a brilliant developmental scientist, a gifted mentor and collaborator, and a strong outspoken advocate for women in science.  She taught me to strive to be the very best in my field and to make an impact that would change lives but also move science forward.

4) What advice would you give a person starting out their research career?
Be passionate, ambitious and strategic. Take every opportunity to improve your science and surround yourself with the very best. Stay humble and grateful to the mentors that will guide and support you.

5) Share something about you that most people wouldn't know. 
I lived on a kibbutz in Galilee for a few months during my second year at university.
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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