The MacKillop team includes leading researchers with a proven track record and international reputation for research excellence, as well as up-and-coming researchers in the field. Together the team brings passion, expertise and the determination to make a difference in communities through research addressing today’s most pressing health challenges.
Microstructural Imaging and Rehabilitative Plasticity Program
Adam is currently undertaking a Doctor Of Philosophy degree in Neuropsychology under the primary supervision of Associate Professor Karen Caeyenberghs. His research is focused on a home-based rehabilitation app for chronic Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients utilising Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) measures. The tablet-based rehabilitation app, CogMo, combines cognitive and motor rehabilitation in an intensive, yet engaging manner to aid TBI patients with the cognitive and motor deficits they face in their everyday lives. In his project, Adam will be focusing on (a) the feasibility of CogMo as a rehabilitation program for TBI patients, giving strong insights into the combined cognitive and motor approach for neural rehabilitation and; (b) training induced neuroplasticity of the brain as a result of the rehabilitation tool using advanced MRI scan sequences utilising a Fixel-Based Analysis (FBA) measuring aspects of the brains white matter (e.g., fibre density).
Adam completed a Bachelor of Psychology Science (Honours, First Class) in 2014 and was the Australian Catholic University’s recipient of the Australian Psychological Society prize, which is awarded to the student who gains first place (highest GPA) at the end of an APAC-accredited fourth year program in psychology. Adam has shown excellence in research, presenting at various conferences across Australia and around the world on his research interests of experimental psychology and neuroscience. These included presentations at the Australian Psychological Society Conference on the Gold Coast, Australia in 2015 and the International Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine (ISMRM) conference in Paris, France in 2018.
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