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September 2022

Dr Alex Tang is the First Researcher in Western Australia to be Awarded a Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation in New York

Congratulations to Dr Alex Tang, who recently recieved a Young Investigator Grant. The grant, worth $100,000 over two years, will fund a project to investigate how magnetic brain stimulation can enhance neural plasticity in the human brain.

Dr Tang said knowledge gained from his project will provide clinicians with an evidence base to reliably predict which neurological symptoms and patients will benefit from repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of depression. Tang also recently recieved a UWA Research Collaboration Award.

Photo courtesy of the Perron Institute.

August 2022

PhD Canditate Rebecca Ong is awarded an Australian Rotary Health PhD Scholarship.

The Australian Rotary Health will provide stipend and incidental support for Rebecca’s PhD project ‘Promoting healthy brain ageing with non-invasive brain stimulation’ . Rebecca was also recently accepted into the 2022 Australian BioCommons Workshop in Single Cell RNAseq Analysis in R. You can read more about her project and the scholarship here.

PhD Canditate Emily King is accepted into the Highly competitive Australasian Course in Advanced Neuroscience.

The Australasian Course in Advanced Neuroscience (ACAN) is an intensive three-week course that teaches both advanced theory and hands-on-practice of latest neuroscience techniques. Emily was chosen as one of only twelve paticipants for an intensive series of workshops in patch-clamp recording, calcium imaging, optogenetics, pharmacogenetics and behavioural manipulation, amongst other techniques.

Feburary 2022

Associate Prof Jennifer Rodger is the “Researcher in Focus” for International Day of Woman and Girls in Science, at MSWA.

Assoc Professor Jenny Rodgers talks to MSWA about being a women in science and her journey to become Head of Brain Plasticity Research at the Perron Institute. Read more about her inspiring story here.

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October 2021

Congratulations to WA Young Tall Poppy Dr Alex Tang, pictured with the Brain Plasticity Research Team.

Postdoctoral scientist Dr Alex Tang (Perron Institute and UWA) has been recognised in the 2021 WA Young Tall Poppy science awards for his research in the field of neural plasticity.

The Tall Poppy campaign was created in 1998 by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science to recognise and celebrate Australian intellectual and scientific excellence and to encourage younger Australians to follow in the footsteps of our outstanding achievers.

August 2021

Dr Alex Tang from the Brain Plasticity group is nominated for a Premier’s Science Award. Congratulations Alex!

Dr Alex Tang from the University of Western Australia has been nominated in the Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year category for the Premier’s Science award. Winners will be announced on August 16 during National Science Week, Australia’s largest annual celebration of science.

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July 2021

WA Brain Bee featured on channel 7 news

Channel 7 News Perth story (3 July 2021) highlighting the Western Australian Brain Bee challenge in the lead up to the state competition in conjunction with UWA. State Brain Bee Coordinator and MSWA Senior Research fellow, Associate Professor Jenny Rodger (UWA and Perron Institute) was interviewed highlighting why educating the next generation about scientific research is so important.

Video courtesy of Channel 7 news