Announcing an opportunity for a PhD student to work with individuals with Huntington's disease on a cognitive brain training study. Huntington's disease is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder that impacts on motor functioning, behavioural-emotional regulation, and cognitive functioning. Because of the importance of normal cognitive functioning for daily life, effective strategies that can preserve cognitive function in patients with Huntington's disease are critical. Computerised cognitive training (popularly known as ‘brain training') is a safe and efficacious intervention to improve and maintain cognition in people with brain disorders. Electroencephalography (EEG) is a non-invasive technique used to measure the naturally occurring electrical activity of the brain, and can discern the activities of specific areas of the brain and the relationships between these brain areas during cognitive training tasks. This project is the first clinical trial of cognitive training in Huntington's disease individuals, using EEG to characterise whether brain training intervention increases compensatory brain mechanisms, neural capacity and brain plasticity. This novel approach may be beneficial in terms of delaying clinical onset of disease and increasing quality of life. The student will utilise the new purpose-built EEG facilities at the Monash Biomedical Imaging centre in Clayton, and have the opportunity to learn a range of techniques, including state-of-the-art EEG, cognitive training and neuropsychological testing techniques. A prospective PhD student interested in this opportunity must have outstanding undergraduate results, together with a strong first class Honours degree or postgraduate degree in psychology, clinical neuroscience or related disciplines. The student will be based within the Experimental Neuropsychology Research Unit, with supervision from Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis (Monash University) and co-supervision from Dr Amit Lampit (University of Melbourne).
Huntington's disease, MRI, ENRU, Experimental Neuropsychology Research Unit, neurodegeneration, motor, cognitive, brain training, cognitive training, computer training, dementia, neuroimaging, MRI, fMRI
Top-up scholarship funding available