Head of the Neural Plasticity Laboratory, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne (VIC, Australia)
Professor Anthony Hannan received his undergraduate training and PhD in neuroscience from the University of Sydney (Australia). He was then awarded a Nuffield Medical Fellowship at the University of Oxford (UK), where he subsequently held other research positions before returning to Australia on an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) RD Wright Career Development Fellowship to establish a laboratory at the Florey Institute.
He is head of the Neural Plasticity Laboratory, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne. He is also currently an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, and has received awards for his research including the British Council Eureka Prize, the International Society for Neurochemistry Young Lecturer Award and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies Anniversary Prize.
Professor Hannan’s research explores how genes and the environment combine via experience-dependent plasticity in the healthy and diseased brain. His research includes models of specific neurological and psychiatric disorders which involve cognitive and affective dysfunction, investigated at behavioral, cellular and molecular levels so as to identify pathogenic mechanisms and novel therapeutic targets. This includes research on a mouse model of Huntington’s disease, where he and his colleagues first discovered the beneficial effects of environmental enrichment and exercise, as well as depression-like and dementia-like symptoms and associated abnormalities of neural plasticity.
This research team at the Florey is also investigating how genetic and environmental factors combine to cause specific disorders of cognition, including schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders (www.florey.edu.au/research/neural-plasticity).