The depth and breadth of research being conducted at the Perron institute was highlighted recently at the institute’s Mini-Symposium.

The sessions focused on scientific talks led by PhD students and early career researchers, and lay talks given by PhD students, early career researchers and researchers.

Students and researchers based or otherwise connected to the Perron Institute gathered from the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Innovative Therapeutics (CMMIT) at Murdoch University, The University of Western Australia and Curtin University.

Among the scientific topics:

  • a biomechanical approach to spinal cord injury
  • investigating white matter changes via repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and MRI
  • the application of antisense oligonucleotides for the treatment of several rare diseases, and;
  • the role of the gut in Parkinson’s disease.

Lay topics included, among others:

  • concussion recovery, brain stimulation for depression
  • computer models of the brain under rTMS
  • and neurofeedback therapy for persistent post-concussion symptoms.

Three speakers received a People’s Choice Award (provided for each session), they were: PhD student Lily Toomey (Neurotrauma Research group), early career researcher Dr Alex Tang (Brain Plasticity Research group), and Phd student Samuel Bolland (Brain Plasticity Research group).

Following the afternoon of talks, a sundowner was held in Nedlands.

The Mini-Symposium organising committee members were PhD students Megan Bakeberg and Anastazja Gorecki, both based at the Perron Institute, and recent PhD graduate, Dr Craig McIntosh, based at CMMIT at Murdoch University.

Congratulations to all involved.