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I am a neuroscientist interested in human movement and cognition, based at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health. I am an Associate Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne Australia.

My undergraduate training was in Exercise Science at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. I was awarded a PhD in Human Movement Neuroscience in 2007, supervised by Professor Winston Byblow and Professor Cathy Stinear. From 2008 to 2012 I worked with Emeritus Professor Stephan Swinnen and Professor Nicole Wenderoth in the Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences at KU Leuven, Belgium. I was awarded Postdoctoral Research Fellowships from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and Centre for Brain Research, before establishing my lab at Monash in 2015.

Research interests

The Movement and Exercise Neuroscience Laboratory at Monash University (MEXlab) seeks to better understand how cardiorespiratory exercise impacts brain plasticity, learning, and cognition. Our research is multidisciplinary, spanning the domains of exercise physiology, movement neurophysiology, and cognitive neuroscience. We use non-invasive brain stimulation and recording techniques (EEG and MRI) to gain insight into the neural control of human movement.

The goal of our research on exercise and the brain is to develop an evidence-base for exercise interventions that promote healthy brain ageing and help people living with neurological disease better manage their symptoms.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Movement Neuroscience, PhD, The neural basis of preventing movement, University of Auckland

Award Date: 21 Dec 2007


Award Date: 31 Dec 2003

Research area keywords

  • Ageing
  • Brain stimulation
  • Cognitive control
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Exercise
  • Inhibition
  • Motor learning
  • Movement neuroscience
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Neuroimaging
  • Plasticity
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • GABA
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Lactate

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