Brain plasticity research in focus for International Brain Awareness Week

19 March 2020

Understanding how brain stimulation affects brain circuits is a major focus for a Perron Institute research team.

Senior Research Fellow Associate Professor Jenny Rodger heads the Institute’s Brain Plasticity Research group and is currently in her third year of MSWA funding (the total amount being $1m, evenly split between four years). The fundamental research component of their work is currently centred on discovering how brain plasticity affects the way the different parts of the brain interact with each other.

Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to reorganise itself by forming new connections throughout life. This process allows the nerve cells in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or changes in their environment.

Associate Professor Rodger said the Brain Plasticity Group’s applied fundamental research aims is part of an ambitious translational pipeline that includes clinical trials to bring better treatments to patients with neurological conditions.

New research projects to further understanding of brain function, dysfunction and plasticity have attracted over $1million in research funding in support of the work being led by Associate Professor Jenny Rodger at the Perron Institute.

More information about Jenny’s research will become available as her research progresses. To keep up to date with this project, and other MSWA funded research projects, head to our research section.