Sharna Jamadar

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20082024
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Biography

Sharna Jamadar is a Senior Research Fellow and ARC Discovery Early Career Research (DECRA) Fellow at Monash Biomedical Imaging and Monash Institute for Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences.

Sharna's research is focused on understanding cognitive resilience to the ageing process.  She is particularly interested in studying the neural bases of cognitive control, and has explored the consequences of disruption of cognitive control in a number of conditions, including healthy ageing, psychosis (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) and substance abuse. She also has an emerging interest in the neuroscience of parenthood and is supervising two student projects in this theme. Sharna is an expert in multimodal neuroimaging, and uses a number of imaging techniques to understand cognitive control, including positron emission tomography (PET), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and oculomotor measures (eye-tracking). 

At Monash Biomedical Imaging, Sharna's team leads the analysis of the neuroimaging data from the ASPREE-Neuro clinical trial; as well as the development of simultaneous MRI-PET imaging in humans at the facility. Sharna's team has developed novel MRI-PET measures that provide high resolution mapping of the function, structure, and metabolic efficiency of the brain. For the first time, these new techniques allow researchers to study task-related changes in brain function and metabolism with a temporal resolution below 20sec. This work will have substantial implications for our understanding of how the brain dynamically uses energy; and Sharna will use these new methods to understand how the metabolic efficiency of the brain changes across the lifespan.

To date (end 2018) Sharna has received over $4.66mil in competitive funding as CI or AI, including grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Sharna has received numerous awards for the quality of her work, including the Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Psychopharmacology (Society for Psychophysiological Research, USA), and awards from Society for Neuroscience (USA), American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and Schizophrenia Research Institute (Australia). In 2016 she was accepted into the inaugural Homeward Bound Antarctic leadership program for women. In 2018 she was accepted into the prestigious Science & Technology Australia Superstars of STEM program.

Sharna is committed to service and advocacy in the scientific and general communities. She was nominated to the Executive of the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society in 2018, and also serves on the Gender Equity and Diversity Committees of the Australasian Neuroscience Society and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function. She is also co-founder of the Australasian Women in Neuroscience Network. She was Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the Emerging Researchers in Ageing national conference in 2018. Since 2016, Sharna has contributed to over 80 general media articles, including pieces in Fairfax Media, News Ltd, Channel 10 and ABC Radio National. 

 

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Research interests

cognitive ageing, healthy ageing, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), oculomotor control, executive function, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, parenthood

Research area keywords

  • positron emission tomography (PET)
  • healthy ageing
  • functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • cognitive control
  • oculomotor control
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • structural magnetic resonance imaging (sMRI)
  • executive function

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Projects 2015 2024

Modelling trajectories of cognitive control in adolescents and young adults

Karayanidis, F., Forstmann, B. U., Steyvers, M., Jamadar, S., Hawkins, G., Lenroot, R. K. & Michie, P.

28/03/1731/12/19

Project: Research

Research Output 2008 2019

Brain circuitry in ageing and neurodegenerative disease

Jamadar, S., 5 Apr 2019, Degenerative Disorders of the Brain. Hocking, D. R., Bradshaw, J. L. & Fielding, J. (eds.). Oxon, UK: Routledge, p. 1-31 31 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

Radiotracer Administration for High Temporal Resolution Positron Emission Tomography of the Human Brain: Application to FDG-fPET

Jamadar, S. D., Ward, P. G. D., Carey, A., McIntyre, R., Parkes, L., Sasan, D., Fallon, J., Orchard, E., Li, S., Chen, Z. & Egan, G. F., 22 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Visualized Experiments. 152, e60259.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)

Sexual Dimorphism of Resting-State Network Connectivity in Healthy Ageing

Jamadar, S., Sforazzini, F., Raniga, P., Ferris, N. J., Paton, B., Bailey, M. J., Brodtmann, A., Yates, P. A., Donnan, G. A., Ward, S. A., Woods, R. L., Storey, E., McNeil, J. J., Egan, G. F. & on behalf of the ASPREE Investigator Group, Oct 2019, In : Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 74, 7, p. 1121-1131 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Simultaneous task-based BOLD-fMRI and [18-F] FDG functional PET for measurement of neuronal metabolism in the human visual cortex

Jamadar, S. D., Ward, P. GD., Li, S., Sforazzini, F., Baran, J., Chen, Z. & Egan, G. F., 1 Apr 2019, In : NeuroImage. 189, p. 258-266 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Accurate hybrid template-based and MR-based attenuation correction using UTE images for simultaneous PET/MR brain imaging applications

Baran, J., Chen, Z., Sforazzini, F., Ferris, N., Jamadar, S., Schmitt, B., Faul, D., Shah, N. J., Cholewa, M. & Egan, G. F., 6 Nov 2018, In : BMC Medical Imaging. 18, 1, 16 p., 41.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Prizes

Australasian Neuroscience Society Carer's Travel Award

Sharna Jamadar (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Abstract

Sharna Jamadar (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Debut Presentation Award

Sharna Jamadar (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Platform Presentation

Sharna Jamadar (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2011 2018

Gender Equity and Diversity Committee Member

Sharna Jamadar (Fellow)
2018 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Psychophysiological-Reseach

Sharna Jamadar (Organiser)
2018 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing

Sharna Jamadar (Organiser)
2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Elected General Member

Sharna Jamadar (Fellow)
2018

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Gender Equity and Diversity Committee

Sharna Jamadar (Fellow)
2017 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body