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You don't have to be a scientist to get involved with QBI. We offer a range of opportunities for everyday people to connect and progress our research and discoveries.

The foundation for all of our work is the funding we receive through a range of sources, including philanthropic donations from our generous supporters. There are many ways to give to QBI: directly, through planned giving, or holding fundraising events that entertain or challenge supporters as they dig deep to help us better understand the brain. 

We also offer opportunities for students to learn directly from our inspiring researchers through lab placements, and for community members to tour our facilities and attend events. Finally, you can give one of the greatest gifts of all by volunteering for studies to advance treatments and diagnostics for brain diseases and disorders.

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QBI’s Discovery Research Endowment Fund supports scientists exploring the unknown, which will guide new research on finding cures for diseases or improving quality of life.

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Australian Brain Bee

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a competition for high school students in year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, learn about neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses. 
 

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Volunteer for a research study

QBI offers the public the opportunity to become involved in our research
through volunteering in a range of our human studies.

Your help may be vital to solving some of humanity's greatest ailments
and answering some of the biggest questions we face.
 

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Research in action

  • Richards: Brain Development and Disorders Lab

    Group Leader

    Professor Linda Richards

    Professorial Research Fellow(Group)
    Queensland Brain Institute
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    Linda J. Richards AO, PhD, FAA, FAHMS is a Professor of Neuroscience and former Deputy Director (Research) at the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (2015-2020). In 2019 she was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia (General Division). She is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and is a National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellow. Professor Richards is Past President of the Australasian Neuroscience Society, Executive Member and International Brain Initiative (IBI) Representative with the Australian Brain Alliance. She is also Australian representative, spokesperson and member, International Brain Initiative Initial Strategy Committee. From 2018 to 2020 Professor Richards was a member of the Federal Government's Million Minds Mission Advisory Panel.

    Professor Richards is Head of the Brain Development and Disorders Laboratory at QBI. Her laboratory team strives to understand how the brain forms during development and how these processes are disrupted causing human developmental brain disorders and brain cancer. Professor Richards is a leading expert on the formation of the corpus callosum and is scientific advisor and patron for Australian Disorders of the Corpus Callosum (AusDoCC).

    In 2015 she co-founded an International Consortium for the Corpus Callosum and Cerebral Connectivity with colleagues from Australia, USA, France and Brazil. The consortium brings together clinicians and scientists working to identify the causes of developmental brain disorders and how best to provide support and care for affected individuals and their families.

    Professor Richards has received a number of awards and fellowships throughout her career including the Charles Judson Herrick Award from the American Association of Anatomists in 2004 and the Nina Kondelos award from the Australasian Neuroscience Society in 2010.

    Professor Richards is passionate about the public awareness of science and in 2006 she founded the Australian Brain Bee Challenge, a competition for high school students to learn about the brain. Over 30,000 high school students have participated in the challenge and students from Australia have won the international brain bee competition three times and placed in every event since 2006.

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    Professor Linda Richards: Brain development and disorders lab

    The Richards’ laboratory began a new era of research in 2015 by establishing protocols for examining brain wiring in human subjects. To launch this, the laboratory hosted an international conference called Cortical Connections, where a new international consortium of scientists and clinicians working on developmental brain disorders was established. The consortium will bring data together from different laboratories in Australia and internationally to help identify genes causing human brain disorders.

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    Researchers

    Dr Ryan Dean

    Honorary Fellow
    Queensland Brain Institute
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    Dr Jonathan Lim

    Queensland Brain Insitute
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Queensland Brain Institute
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    Students

    Dr Elizabeth Haines

    PhD Student
    Queensland Brain Institute
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    Miss Zorana Vujadinovic

    PhD Student
    Queensland Brain Institute
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    Laboratory Staff

    Mrs Ching Moey

    Research Assistant
    Queensland Brain Institute
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    Ms Donna Simon

    Casual Administrative Officer
    Queensland Brain Institute
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    Works remotely each Friday 8.00 am to 4.00 pm

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