Florey Neuroscience Seminar Series – Dr Jan Fullerton

16 October 2019

Event date: 22 October

What: Neuroscience seminar with Dr Jan Fullerton, Senior Research Scientist, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and Senior Lecturer, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW

When: Tuesday 22 October, 1-2 pm

Where: Ian Potter Auditorium, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade Parkville

Host: Associate Professor Lucy Palmer (lucy.palmer@florey.edu.au)

Details: For more information on this seminar or upcoming seminars in the series please contact florey-neuroscience-seminars@unimelb.edu.au.

Dr Jan Fullerton Bio:

Jan completed her PhD in human genetics at The University of Melbourne in 2001, and then spent five years as a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Jonathan Flint at The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford (UK), where she developed her career interest in psychiatric genetics. That work focused particularly around complex trait genetic analysis to identify genes contributing to personality, depression and anxiety in both humans and mice.

She returned to Australia on a NHMRC Howard Florey Fellowship to join the group of Professor Peter Schofield at the Garvan Institute, and then Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), to study the genetics of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She became a group leader at NeuRA in 2013, and has recently been promoted to Associate Professor (commencing in 2020).

Her research leadership has attracted significant funding by NHMRC and NSW Ministry of Health, including $4.1m as CIA. She is a contributing member of a number of international consortia including the Bipolar High Risk Consortium, Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Consortium for Lithium Genomics, and serves on the Advisory Committee for the NIH-funded Bipolar Sequencing Consortium.

Her experience in neuro-psychiatric genetics has allowed Jan to develop a career aimed at demystifying the functioning of the human brain, by improving our understanding of the biological basis of mental illness and resilience. In addition to a broad background in genetics, she has more recent experience in neuroimaging, aspects of cognition and electronic health record research. Her group is interested in identifying and characterising genes which increase risk to mental illness, particularly bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Understanding the genetic contributors to mental illness will enable us to improve our understanding of the biological basis of these conditions, identify similarities and differences across disorders, and ultimately improve treatment through these discoveries. These discoveries furthermore help to demystify the functioning of the human brain, and enables us to comprehend the orchestration of events which leads to development of a healthy or unhealthy brain.

Over her career, Jan has published 72 research papers and reviews (Scopus h-index = 27 and >3,100 citations; Google scholar h-index = 34, >4380 citations). A full list of publications are available here.



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