Welcome volunteer Isaac Barry

Postgraduate neuroscience student Isaac Barry has joined the Perron Institute’s volunteer team.

Isaac is currently undertaking his Masters of Neuroscience at the University of Western Australia, having last year completed his Bachelor of Biomedical Science (majoring in human biology) at Edith Cowan University.

Isaac’s decision to study Biomed was influenced by a history of neurodegenerative diseases within his family. When his brother was diagnosed with epilepsy, Isaac wanted to understand why brain circuity can misfire or short circuit, and this was a factor in his decision to undertake postgraduate studies in neuroscience.

In future, Isaac would like to work in a lab or as a microbiologist. His long-term goal is to lead his own research team, potentially in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive therapy used for depression and neurological conditions. Isaac first saw a TMS machine at ECU and was intrigued by the potential application of guiding neuronal (brain cell) growth and creating new pathways.

“I’m fascinated by the brain and how it works. It’s complex, and there’s so much that is overlapping and interconnected.

“I’m honoured to be surrounded by inspiring minds at both the Perron Institute and UWA. I have thought-provoking lecturers such as Associate Professors Stuart Hodgetts and Wilhelmina (Helmy) Mulders, and I have already learned so much.

“I’m interested in neurodiversity and how neurodevelopmental syndromes develop. I hope I can make a valuable contribution in the future.”

Isaac has previously volunteered at St Vincent de Paul and continues to volunteer at Autism WA. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing and playing basketball and chess.

Welcome, Isaac!

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer at the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science in Nedlands, please email reception@perron.uwa.edu.au.