Dr Simon Finnigan

Senior Research Fellow

Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

I am primarily interested in advancing brain monitoring techniques, to provide new information which can guide clinical decision-making and ultimately, help deliver improved outcomes for critically ill patients (e.g., extremely premature babies; stroke patients)

I have been a member of UQ Centre for Clinical Research since 2010, when I returned to Australia to take up a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. Prior to then I was a Research Fellow at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and St James Hospital (Dublin). In addition to my UQ position I also currently hold a Research Fellow position within Metro North Hospital & Health Service (MNHHS).

My primary field of expertise is clinical neuroscience: particularly using electroencephalography (EEG), and also imaging methods, to assess & monitor brain dysfunction in neurocritical patients.

At Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital (RBWH) I currently collaborate with various clinicians including Prof Paul Colditz (Professor of Perinatal Medicine), Dr Andrew Wong (Director of Neurology & Stroke) and Prof Alison Mudge (Director of Research & Education, Internal Medicine). I have 20 years' research experience and am on the Editorial Board of 'Clinical Neurophysiology' (official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiologists). I've authored numerous papers published in high-quality international journals such as 'Stroke', 'Journal of Neuroscience' and 'Clinical Neurophysiology'.

Throughout my career I've worked productively on a range of multi-disciplinary clinical research projects, including R&D collaborations with pharmaceutical industry partners Roche (Switzerland) and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (UK), and medical technology industry partners Intel Digital Health (USA and Europe), BrainZ Instruments (Auckland) and Natus Medical (USA). I have completed an evidence review and report for the Sax Institute, on emerging technologies in clinical neurophysiology.

I'm highly motivated to continue to pursue translational research which can ultimately help improve patient outcomes and the quality of human lives in the face of brain damage or disease; and help deliver socio-economic benefits.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Queensland
  • PhD (Psychology), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Finnigan, Simon, Loudon, Wayne, Wong, Andrew and Tippett, Vivienne (2019). Stroke Prehospital Informed Decision-Making Using EEG Recordings (SPIDER). WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2019, Brisbane, QLD Australia, 7-10 May 2019. New York, NY United States: Cambridge University Press (CUP). doi: 10.1017/s1049023x19001821

  • Schleiger, E., Rowland, T., Wong, A., Read, S. and Finnigan, S. (2016). Informing prognostication of post-stroke cognitive impairment: the accuracy of a pre-sischarge EEG marker. Asia Pacific Stroke Conference 2016, Brisbane, Australia, July 14-17, 2016. Basel, Switzerland: S. Karger AG. doi: 10.1159/000447732

  • Schleiger, E., Rowland, T., Wong, A., Read, S. and Finnigan, S. (2015). Early screening for post-stroke cognitive deficits may be informed by degree of EEG alpha slowing. SMART STROKES 2015 Conference, Melbourne, VIC Australia, 2-4 September 2015. London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications. doi: 10.1111/ijs.12584

  • Schleiger, Emma, Sheikh, Nabeel, Rowland, Tennille, Wong, Andrew, Read, Stephen and Finnigan, Simon (2014). Early post-stroke measures of slowed frontal lobe activity can help predict cognitive outcomes. XII International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON-XII), Brisbane, QLD Australia, 25-27 July 2014. Brisbane, Qld Australia: Frontiers in Human Neuoscience. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2015.217.00400

  • Tucker, Kylie, Poortvliet, Peter, Scott, Dion, Sowman, Paul, Finnigan, Simon and Hodges, Paul (2014). Experimental Pain Differentially Affects Cortical Involvement In Force And Position Control Tasks. XII International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON-XII), Brisbane, QLD Australia, 25-27 July 2014. Brisbane, Qld Australia: Frontiers in Human Neuoscience. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2015.217.00338

  • Schleiger, E., Sheikh, N., Rowland, T., Wong, A., Read, S. and Finnigan, S. (2014). Prognosticating post-stroke cognitive outcomes: Pre-discharge, frontal EEG markers are informative. 25th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia, Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia, 30 July-1 August 2014. Richmond, VIC Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/ijs.12297

  • Schleiger, E., Sheikh, N., Rowland, T., Wong, A., Read, S. and Finnigan, S. (2013). Pre-discharge EEG markers are informative of post-stroke cognitive outcomes. 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australia, Darwin NT Australia, 31 July-2 August 2013. Richmond, VIC Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/ijs.12142

  • Schleiger, Emma, Sheikh, Nabeel, Rowland, Tennille, Wong, Andrew, Read, Stephen and Finnigan, Simon (2013). Prognosticating post-stroke cognitive deficits from pre-discharge EEG. ACNC 2013: The 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, 28 November-1 December, 2013. Lausanne, Switzerland :Frontiers Research Foundation. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.212.00128

  • Schleiger, E., Sheikh, N., Rowland, T., Wong, A., Read, S. and Finnigan, S. (2013). Prognosticating post-stroke cognitive deficits from pre-discharge EEG. Smart Strokes 2013: 9th Australasian Nursing and Allied Health Stroke Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 22-23 August, 2013. Richmond, VIC, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/ijs.12172_3

  • Sheikh, N., Wong, A., Read, S., Coulthard, A. and Finnigan, S. (2013). QEEG may uniquely inform and expedite decisions regarding reperfusion therapies in acute stroke. 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australia, Darwin NT Australia, 31 July-2 August 2013. Richmond, VIC Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/ijs.12143

  • Roberts, James A., Iyer, Kartik K., Finnigan, Simon, Vanhatalo, Sampsa and Breakspear, Michael (2013). Scale-free dynamics in human neonatal cortex following perinatal hypoxia. CNS 2013: 22nd Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting, Paris, 13-18 July 2013. London, United Kingdom: BioMed Central. doi: 10.1186/1471-2202-14-S1-P36

  • Schleiger, E., Finnigan, S., Björkman, S. T., Miller, S. M., Sullivan, S. M., Ireland, Z. and Colditz, P. B. (2012). Investigating the efficacy of acute physiological measures to predict regional brain injury following neonatal hypoxia-ischemia. Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Health Care Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, 8-12 October 2012.

  • Sheikh, N., Wong, A., Read, S. and Finnigan, S. (2012). Subacute quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) correlates better with stroke outcome than the acute QEEG. Stroke 2012 Conference - A combined event of the Stroke Society of Australasia 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting and the 8th Smart Strokes Australasian Nursing and Allied Health Stroke Conference, Sydney, Australia, 29-31 August 2012. Richmond, VIC, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia.

  • Finnigan, S. P., O'Connell, R. G., Reilly, R. and Robertson, I. H. (2010). Electrophysiological indices of attentional decrements in mild cognitive impairment. 3rd Annual Neuroscience Ireland Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 10 - 11 September 2009. Surrey, United Kingdom: Springer U K. doi: 10.1007/s11845-010-0478-2

  • McLaren, L., Sobolewski, R., Setti, A., Finnigan, S., Reilly, R.B., Robertson, I.H. and Newell, F.N. (2010). The role of ageing on efficient audio-visual integration in the brain: an Eeg study. 3rd Annual Neuroscience Ireland Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 10-11 September, 2009. United Kingdom: Springer U K. doi: 10.1007/s11845-010-0478-2

  • Finnigan, S. P., O'Connell, R. G., Reilly, R. B. and Robertson, I. H. (2009). Electrophysiological indices of attentional decrements in mild cognitive impairment. 49th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Berlin, Germany, 21-24 October 2009. Hoboken, NJ, United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

  • Sobolewski, Rory, Reilly, Richard B., Finnigan, Simon, Dockree, Paul, O'Sullivan, Kate and Robertson, Ian H. (2009). Monitoring of cognitive processes in older persons. 4th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, Antalya, Turkey, 29 April-2 May 2009. Piscataway, NJ, United States: IEEE. doi: 10.1109/NER.2009.5109252

  • Broughton, Megan and Finnigan, Simon (2008). Event-related potentials associated with explicit word recognition are affected in healthy ageing. ASP 2007: 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, 7-9 December 2007. Wheaton, IL, U.S.A.: Electroencephalography and Clinical Neuroscience Society. doi: 10.1177/155005940803900311

  • Cummins, Tarrant and Finnigan, Simon (2008). Theta power reductions under cognitive load in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. ASP 2007: 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, 7-9 December 2007. Wheaton, IL, United States: Electroencephalography and Clinical Neuroscience Society. doi: 10.1177/155005940803900311

  • Michie, P. T., Matthews, N. L., Todd, J., Budd, T. W., Cooper, G., Catts, S. and Finnigan, S. (2007). MMN evidence of a pervasive temporal processing deficit in schizophrenia. 10th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, Savannah, GA, United States, 2-6 April 2005. Rockville, MD, U.S.A.: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbm004

  • Finnigan, Simon, Pandian, Jeyaraj D., Henderson, Robert, Rose, Stephen E. and Chalk, Jonathan B. (2007). Quantitative EEG may inform sub-acute stroke prognoses. Stroke Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting 2006, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 11-13 October 2006. Carlton, Vic., Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2007.01308.x

  • Matthews, Natasha, Todd, Juanita, Cooper, Gavin, Finnigan, Simon, Catts, Stan and Michie, Patricia T. (2006). Deficits in temporal cue dependent processing of auditory information in schizophrenia. Society for Psychophysiological Research 46th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 25-29 October 2006. Malden, MA, U.S.A.: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2006.00445.x

  • Matthews, N. L., Todd, J., Cooper, G., Finnigan, S., Catts, S. and Michie, P. T. (2006). Temporal processing in schizophrenia - evidence for impairment across a range of time scales. 9th Australasian Schizophrenia Conference 2006 (ASC2006), Fremantle, Western Australia, 21–23 August 2006. London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1614.2006.01859_3.x

  • Chenery, Helen, Copland, David, Finnigan, Simon, Bretherton, Paul, Harris, Jill, Catts, Stanley and Humphreys, Michael (2005). Electrophysiologic measures of expectancy-based semantic priming in high and low schizotypy. Society for Psychophysiological Research 45th Annual Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, 20-25 September 2005. Malden, MA, U.S.A.: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2005.00325.x

  • Rose, Stephen, Janke, Andrew, Griffin, Mark, Finnigan, Simon and Chalk, Jonathan (2005). Improved prediction of final infarct volume using bolus delay-corrected perfusion-weighted MRI: Implications for the ischemic penumbra. 2004 Stroke Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting, Hobart, Australia, 13-15 October, 2004. Carlton, Vic., Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/j.1444-0903.2005.abstract_352.x

  • Finnigan, Simon, Rose, Stephen, Janke, Andrew and Chalk, Jonathan (2005). Quantitative EEG changes rapidly following plasminogen activator administration in acute ischemic stroke: A case study. 2004 Stroke Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting, Hobart, Australia, 13-15 October, 2004. Carlton, Vic., Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/j.1444-0903.2005.abstract_352.x

  • Rose, Stephen, Janke, Andrew, Finnigan, Simon, Read, Stephen and Chalk, Jonathan (2005). Sodium MRI in acute stroke. 2004 Stroke Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting, Hobart, Australia, 13-15 October, 2004. Carlton, Vic., Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/j.1444-0903.2005.abstract_352.x

  • Rose, S., Janke, A., Finnigan, S., Weber, E., Elder, E., McMahon, K. L., Galloway, G. J., Semple, J., Brown, J. and Chalk, Jonathan B. (2005). Sodium magnetic resonance imaging in acute stroke. 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia, Hobart, TAS, Australia, 13-15 October 2004. Carlton, VIC, Australia: Blackwell Science Asia. doi: 10.1111/j.1444-0903.2005.abstract_352.x

  • Janke, Andrew, Sánchez-Bornot, José M., Rose, Stephen, Finnigan, Simon, Cuspineda-Bravo, Elena R., Aubert-Vázquez, Eduardo, Valdés-Sosa, Pedro A. and Chalk, Jonathan (2005). Tomographic quantitative EEG mapping in acute stroke. The Stroke Society of Australasia (SSA) 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), Hobart, TAS, Australia, 13-16 September 2004. Carlton, VIC, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/j.1444-0903.2005.abstract_352.x

  • Finnigan, Simon, Rose, Stephen, Walsh, Michael, Griffin, Mark, Janke, Andrew, McMahon, Katie, Gillies, Rowan, Pettigrew, Catharine, Semple, James and Chalk, Jonathan B. (2004). Acute quantitative EEG correlates with 30 day outcome from ischemic cortical stroke. 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 17-19 September 2003. Carlton, VIC, Australia: Blackwell Science Asia. doi: 10.1111/%28ISSN%291445-5994

  • Cuspineda-Bravo, Elena R., Sánchez-Bornot, José M., Valdés-Sosa, Pedro A., Aubert-Vázquez, Eduardo, Finnigan, Simon, Chalk, Jonathan, Rose, Stephen and Janke, Andrew (2004). Hyperacute stroke evolution mapped by individualized tomographic qEEG. HBM'04: 10th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Budapest, Hungary, 13-17 June 2004,. San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/S1053-8119(05)70020-3

  • de Zubicaray, Greig, Finnigan, Simon, McMahon, Katie, Eastburn, Matthew and Humphreys, Michael (2004). Word frequency and strength effects during episodic memory encoding: An event-related fMRI study. HBM'04: 10th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Budapest, Hungary, 13-17 June 2004,. San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/S1053-8119(05)70014-8

  • Finnigan, Simon, de Zubicaray, Greig, McMahon, Katie, Eastburn, Matthew and Humphreys, Michael (2003). An event-related fMRI study of the word frequency mirror effect in episodic memory. HBM'03: Ninth Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), New York, NY, U.S.A., 19-22 June 2003. San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/S1053-8119(05)70002-1

  • Finnigan, S., Humphreys, M. S., Dennis, S. and Geffen, G. M. (2000). Event-related potentials, episodic work recognition and memory trace strength manipulations. World Congress of the International Organisation of Psychophysiology, Sydney, Australia, 8th - 13th February, 2000. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science. doi: 10.1016/S0167-8760(99)90001-6

  • Finnigan, S., Bird, L. J. and Colomb, R. M. (1999). Distributed searching across cultural resources using Z39.50 and SQL. Information Online & On Disc 99, Sydney, 19-21 January 1999. Sydney: Aust. Library and Information Association.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision