Mapping the human schizophrenia connectome
This project aims to comprehensively map the entire human connectome in schizophrenia. The student will complete one of the largest clinical connectome mapping studies undertaken in the world by analysing high-quality brain imaging data in more than 330 individuals with schizophrenia provided by the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank (ASRB). The ASRB is the largest brain research project ever undertaken in Australia. This project will apply advanced fibre tracking algorithms to the diffusion-MRI brain imaging data acquired in each patient, with the goal of comprehensively mapping all disrupted connections comprising the entire schizophrenia connectome. VLSCI computational resources may be utilised for this purpose.
Keywords: Schizophrenia, biological psychiatry, connectome, tractography.
 Disrupted axonal fiber connectivity in schizophrenia (2011) Zalesky A, Fornito A, Seal ML, Cocchi L, Westin C-F, Bullmore ET, Egan GF, Pantelis C. Biol Psychiatry. 69(1):80-89.
 Schizophrenia, neuroimaging and connectomics (2012) Fornito A, Zalesky A, Pantelis C, Bullmore E. NeuroImage. 62(4):2296-2314.
 The relationship between regional and inter-regional functional connectivity deficits in schizophrenia (2012) Zalesky A, Fornito A, Egan GF, Pantelis C, Bullmore E. Hum Brain Mapp. 33(11):2535-2549.
Leader: Andrew Zalesky
Collaborators: Christos Pantelis (Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre), Alex Fornito (Monash Biomedical Imaging), Luca Cocchi (Queensland Brain Institute)
Neuroengineering Research Laboratory
Convergence of engineering and IT with the life sciences
Biological Psychiatry; Connectome; neuroimaging; Schizophrenia