Dr Claire Bradley

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Queensland Brain Institute
claire.bradley@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 66326

Overview

Brain plasticity refers to the ability of the brain to undergo change in response to various life events, training, learning or simple external stimulation. Recently, non-invasive brain stimulation tools have been developed that allow manipulation of brain plasticity. I am using these techniques (transcranial alternating current stimulation, tACS and transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS) to try to boost plasticity, especially in the elderly brain, where it may be diminished.

Research Interests

  • Boosting neuroplasticity using brain stimulation in elderly people
    Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change in response to its environment. It is a key mechanism behind learning and memory and it is known to decline with age. Given that sleep is crucial to memory function, and that sleep quality usually decreases with age, I am interested in using brain stimulation to mimick the effects of sleep in awake, elderly people in the hope of increasing neuroplasticity. This project, headed by Dr. Martin Sale and Prof. Jason Mattingley, has potential implications for rehabilitation following brain injury or sleep disorders, but is currently explored in healthy, pathology-free individuals.
  • Pain and brain stimulation
    Stimulation of the motor cortex can alleviate pain in chronic neuropathic pain patients, but the mechanisms sub-tending this effect are still debated. I have used brain activity recordings to understand the effects of brain stimulation on pain perception. I am currently interested in finding new targets for non-invasive brain stimulation that would allow modulation of pain perception - I am currently focusin on a region known as the insula.

Qualifications

  • Docotor of Philosophy (PhD in Neuroscience), UCBL

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