Bold Strokes

It’s immediately obvious when talking to Lavinia Codd that she is fiercely intelligent, though how could someone with a PhD, who works at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) be anything but? When she was 31 Lavinia had a stroke. Lavinia does not have any obvious physical deficits from her stroke, though she has lost sight in her left field of vision. Her deficits belong to the brain – she has damage to the hippocampus, which results in problems with *spatial learning and forming new memories, particularly visual memories. During Lavinia’s recovery from her stroke her doctors talked about her prognosis. She was told that she would have a steady recovery for 12/24 months and wherever she man

Feeling sleepy?

Leonie Kirszenblat initially came to my attention because an elegant image (see left) she had created to illustrate her elegantly titled research THE YIN AND YANG OF SLEEP AND ATTENTION. For this contribution Leonie was recently awarded a PhD. Leonie grew up in Melbourne with a dual interest in science and art, which saw her studying both at university – finishing with Honours in genetics. She came to Brisbane to find work as a research assistant at Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). After listening to an inspiring talk by Bruno van Swinderen she switched to his lab to study behaviour. Leonie uses drosophila (fruit fly) to study why we can’t pay attention if we are sleep deprived. A conditio

Get amongst it

I've been watching Stacy Bare, the director of Sierra Club Outdoors, talk about a topic close to my heart - HOW GETTING OUTDOORS CAN HEAL. Bare is a US veteran who found himself with PTSD and a drug addiction. Using his black humour he tells us that his subsequent depression led to "suicidal ideation - which veterans refer to as 9mm or 45mm mouthwash". His mission is to make time in the outdoors part of the healthcare system - so that a prescription may be to take a hike! The researchers at The Greater Good Science Center are working alongside Bare to collate the evidence and results of this concept. From his time in war zones, he knows "how little energy can be used to create a negative exp

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