Regenerative Neuroscience Group (RNG)

In 2012, the BMRI was joined by Associate Professor Michael Valenzuela as leader of the Regenerative Neuroscience Group. The team investigates the competing forces of neuroplasticity and degeneration in the human brain and how these may be harnessed to help prevent dementia as well as develop innovative new treatments. Current projects include work with adult stem cells, animal models, brain tissue, human clinical trials and large multinational population-based samples.

Associate Professor Valenzuela has a particular interest in new brain-imaging technologies such as magnetic resonance spectroscopy to help ‘bridge the gap’ between animal studies and human health. His passion for explaining the research to the community is evident in publication of the popular science book, Maintain Your Brain, and his key role in the Alzheimer’s Australia team that developed BrainyApp – the world’s first smartphone app designed to help users live a brain healthy lifestyle.

Key Collaborators

  • Associate Professor Sharon Naismith, Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney
  • Professor Paul McGreevy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
  • Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Professor Christos Pantelis, Associate Professor Murat Yucel and Dr Denis Velakoulis, Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Terry O’Brien, Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne
  • Professor Michael Breakspear, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
  • Professor James Vickers, University of Tasmania
  • Professor Perminder Sachdev, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Henry Brodaty, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Fred Westbrook, University of New South Wales
  • Dr Wei Wen, University of New South Wales
  • Associate Professor Judy Proudfoot, University of New South Wales
  • Associate Professor Colleen Loo, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Carol Brayne and Dr Fiona Matthews, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Professor Paul Ince, Department of Neuropathology, Sheffield Hospital, UK
  • Professor Glenda Halliday, NeurRA and University of New South Wales
  • Professor Jillian Kril, University of Sydney
  • Professor Yaakov Stern, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • Professor Karen Ritche, INSERM, Montpellier, France
  • Professor Petar Djuric, SUNY, New York, USA
  • Professor Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA
  • Professor Carl Cotman, University of California Irvine, USA
  • Professor Brent Reynold, University of Florida, USA
  • Professor Michael Dragunow, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dr David Bartres-Faz, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Dr Jesus Pujol, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain

Research facilities