Claire Foldi


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Dr Claire Foldi completed undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Queensland and obtained her PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience from the Queensland Brain Institute in 2012. Following Postdoctoral training in electrophysiology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, she was recruited to the laboratory of Prof Brian Oldfield at Monash University in 2015. 

Claire's current work focuses on the impact of specific neural pathway activity on behavioural measures of reward and executive control and the development of activity-based anorexia in rodents. She is also interested in exploring neurobiological, behavioural and physiological factors that predispose individuals to disorders of reward-based feeding including anorexia nervosa and obesity.   


  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Eating disorders
  • Animal models of psychiatric disease
  • Rodent behaviour
  • Obesity
  • Reward
  • Cognition
  • Resilience
  • Motivation
  • Ventral Tegmental Area
  • Prefrontal cortex
  • Neural circuit function
  • Dopamine

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Projects 2019 2021

Research Output 2009 2018

Evaluating anhedonia in the activity-based anorexia (ABA) rat model

Milton, L. K., Oldfield, B. J. & Foldi, C. J., 1 Oct 2018, In : Physiology and Behavior. 194, p. 324-332 9 p.

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Increasing paternal age alters anxiety-related behaviour in adult mice

Foldi, C. J., Eyles, D. W., McGrath, J. J. & Burne, T. H. J., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Genes, Brain and Behavior. 11 p., e12522.

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A focus on reward in anorexia nervosa through the lens of the activity-based anorexia rodent model

Foldi, C. J., Milton, L. & Oldfield, B. J., 1 Oct 2017, In : Journal of Neuroendocrinology. 29, 10, 9 p., e12479.

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Open Access

The Role of Mesolimbic Reward Neurocircuitry in Prevention and Rescue of the Activity-Based Anorexia (ABA) Phenotype in Rats

Foldi, C. J., Milton, L. K. & Oldfield, B. J., 21 Mar 2017, In : Neuropsychopharmacology. 42, 12, p. 2292-2300 9 p.

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Novel Striatal GABAergic Interneuron Populations Labeled in the 5HT3aEGFP Mouse

Muñoz-Manchado, A. B., Foldi, C., Szydlowski, S., Sjulson, L., Farries, M., Wilson, C., Silberberg, G. & Hjerling-Leffler, J., 1 Jan 2016, In : Cerebral Cortex. 26, 1, p. 96-105 10 p.

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Open Access