The Centre for Neural Engineering (CfNE) is an interdisciplinary centre, established to undertake research in neuroscience and neural diseases. The CfNE draws together leading neuroscientists, neurologists, psychiatrists, cell biologists, geneticists, electrophysicists, chemists, physicists and engineers from the University of Melbourne and partner institutions.
We aim to integrate electronic systems into the body to replace or assist their function by directly stimulating neurons.
Transforming the genetic discovery landscape. We create affordable, robust computing methodologies and tools for the detection of predictive and diagnostic genomic signatures of interlinked DNA mutations from existing and forthcoming genome wide databases.
Bridging the gap from molecular structure to human behaviour. We will use novel approaches for collecting data at different spatial and temporal scales to develop multi-scale models that improve understanding of brain function in health and diseases.
Integrative biological psychiatry
Our goal is to characterise the underlying causes of psychiatric disorders, with a particular focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through incorporation of state of the art genetic, neurobiology and neural engineering techniques.
Sensors and imaging
Understanding the dynamics of neuronal networks to gain insight into the brain’s information processing. By creating novel sensors of neural function, we can detect the electrical and chemical states of neurons and neural ensembles that can be exploited for the creation of novel drug therapies.
Stem cells and disease models
We combine expertise in human stem cell biology, neurobiology and tissue engineering to further our understanding of diseases of the human brain, with an emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Friedreich’s Ataxia (FRDA).