Brain Plasticity Research
The aim of the Perron Institute’s Brain Plasticity Research led by MSWA Senior Research Fellow in Brain Plasticity, Associate Professor Jennifer Rodger, is to understand the mechanisms of brain plasticity and apply this understanding to improve brain function in healthy individuals, and in patients with neurological conditions.
The group’s research explores the physiological, cellular and molecular basis of brain plasticity in order to develop therapeutic strategies to improve brain plasticity in patients, with the goal of developing effective treatments for patients with neurotrauma and neurological disease. This includes utilising non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as repetitive transcranial stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation.
Neurotrauma and neurological disease account for over a quarter of all chronic disability in Australia, so a healthy brain is of fundamental importance to human health. Brain Plasticity Research is developing interventions that promote healthy brain development and function throughout life, as well as repairing damaged brains after injury.
Brain Plasticity Research addresses the development and repair of brain circuitry, providing insights into the causes and potential treatments of mental illness, a National Research Priority. Their key focus areas are:
1: Fundamental research into development of brain topography
2: Medical research into treatments for neurological conditions
2a: Mechanisms of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)
2b: Investigating rTMS interaction with normal brain activity