Neuroscience (Biological Sciences)
Groundbreaking research discovering new neural pathways
Neuroscience in the School of Biological Science investigates how neurons function at the molecular and cellular level, their ability to regenerate and restore, and their role in perception and processing. There are two major research areas of neuroscience:
Comparative neurobiology and neuroecology
We are a multidisciplinary team working to decipher and understand how animals perceive and process sensory input from the natural world, under different environmental conditions. Our research group integrates approaches and scientific methods from the fields of neurobiology, animal behaviour and ecology to understand the interactions of animals with their environment.
We are passionate about delivering high-quality research, as well as training the next generation of upcoming scientists interested in animal behaviour, sensory processing and the conservation of biodiversity. Some staff are based at the UWA Oceans Institute.
Experimental and regenerative neurosciences
Neurological conditions make up one-third of global disease burden, yet there are few effective treatments. Our team researches brain structure and function to promote functional recovery in various neurological conditions, including developmental brain disorders, traumatic injury and neurodegenerative diseases. Our researchers work closely with the School of Human Sciences and the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science.
Neuroscience is also a major research strength in the School of Human Sciences, with interdisciplinary teaching and research spanning the two schools.
Comparative neurobiology and neuroecology research areas
Comparative neurobiology and neuroecology research is focused on five key research areas:
Stressed sheep fleeced by their genes
Genetics play a large factor in determining the temperament of sheep and how they react to stress, a study carried out by The University of Western Australia has found. The scientists analysed sheep DNA and found the changes in sequences of Tryptophan Hydroxylase gene could alter the protein structure of this enzyme, ultimately affecting how our woolly friends respond to stress.Read more