headbo-logo-onlyHEADBOX lab aims to understand the biological bases of human behaviour and cognition.  We use psychophysiology and psychopharmacology to generate new knowledge on brain function and assess how complementary therapies affect neurocognition.  A range of ground-breaking research projects are underway across several clinical areas including mild cognitive impairment, dementia, women’s health, chronic pain, and cardiovascular disease.  HEADBOX lab offers the exciting opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team using cutting-edge research techniques including electrophysiology, neuroimaging, and ultrasonography.  We also have a vibrant fundamental science research stream investigating novel biomarkers for dementia, how brain function changes with age, and how our brain state affects task performance.



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A/Prof Genevieve Steiner, HEADBOX Team Leader











Mr Mahmoud Al-Dabbas, Research Assistant and WSU Summer Scholarship Recipient








Ms. Zainab Al-Modhefer, Associate Lecturer in Podiatry, MRes Candidate, Podiatrist, and Phlebotomist








Ms Elana Andrews-Marney, Research Assistant, WSU Summer Scholarship Recipient, Advanced Medical Science Graduate (with Distinction), and Phlebotomist










Mrs Adele Cave, PhD Candidate, Research Assistant, and Phlebotomist









Mr Kanny Chow, Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist, and Research Volunteer








Mrs Katerina Christofides, PhD Candidate and Phlebotomist








Ms Lauren Dewsbury, MRes Candidate, Naturopath, Research Assistant, and Phlebotomist








Ms Naomi Fagan, Research Officer and Clinical Psychologist








Mr Jack Fogarty, Research Assistant and PhD Candidate








Dr Mark Hohenberg, Clinical Trial Consultant and Staff-Specialist Geriatrician









Mr Deyyan Jafar, Neuropsychology Research Assistant and Provisional Psychologist (Clinical Neuropsychology)











Dr Diana Karamacoska, Postdoctoral Research Fellow








Ms Najwa-Joelle Medri, WSU Summer Scholarship Recipient, Advanced Medical Science Candidate









Dr Vince Oxenham, Clinical Trial Consultant and Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist









Ms Holly Eva Ratajec, PhD Candidate and Phlebotomist






Lauren Rispen





Ms Lauren Rispen, Physiology PhD Candidate and Echocardiographer








Ms Nikita Roy, Fulbright Scholar, University of Connecticut







Ms Danielle Shipton, Neuropsychology and Ultrasonography Research Assistant, Psychology Honours Graduate








Mr. David Varjabedian, Clinical Trial Coordinator, Psychology Honours Graduate, and Phlebotomist





Contact A/Prof Steiner for more information or to discuss a potential collaboration.


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A/Prof Lyn Phillipson

Great to see @DrKaramacoska funded to support this place based study in Canterbury-Bankstown. We need more informat… t.co/zW5tF4O2A9

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To better support people living with dementia in Canterbury-Bankstown, @DrKaramacoska from our NICM Institute will… t.co/sXw678y7Go

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Dr Diana Karamacoska

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These are all great warning signs of dementia AND we need to get the word out! 75% of people with dementia globally… t.co/u7pcf0uz1c

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