Identifying the Biomarkers of Anxiety

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project will advance our understanding of the biomarkers of anxiety disorders by identifying neural and psychophysiological markers that define anxiety. The field has been limited by narrow understandings of neural markers of anxiety, and so this project will build on an internationally unique database developed by UNSW that has neuroimaging, psychophysiological, and neuropsychological data on 350 cases, along with over 1,000 other clinical groups (including 150 refugees). This project will use advanced modelling techniques to map specific phenotypes of anxiety using connectome analyses, and will also conduct new imaging studies to validate the identified neural biomarkers.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

This project requires a candidate with expertise and experience in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The project will require experimental design, data acquisition, and data analysis of fMRI studies. Ideally, the candidate will have previous work experience in laboratories that acquire fMRI data, and has received prior supervision in fMRI data analysis. This is a highly specialised skill set, with analytic approaches evolving rapidly. Accordingly, the candidate must have experienced in a laboratory at the forefront of this analyses. Moreover, it is necessary that the ideal candidate has experience in psychiatric or psychological disorders, or at least in experimental studies of emotion processes. The optimal candidate would be experienced in acquiring and analyzing data using neuroimaging techniques in the context of emotional or psychological disorders. To this end, a Masters degree would be preferable to undertake this PhD.
Supervisory team
Richard
Bryant

Science
Psychology
Susanne
Schweizer

Science
Psychology
Justine
Gatt

Medicine
Other
r.bryant@unsw.edu.au