Dr Emma Burrows

The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

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Dr Emma Burrows is a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow and leads a research program at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health aiming to understand the neurobiology underlying cognitive disorders. After completing her PhD at Melbourne University 5 years ago, Dr Burrows travelled to The University of Cambridge, on a Victoria Fellowship to train with Professors Lisa Saksida and Tim Bussey, who originally developed rodent touchscreen testing. Dr Burrows has since established the touchscreen testing facility at the Florey and has subsequently evaluated several mouse models of cognitive dysfunction. Burrows and her team are developing novel tasks to assess executive dysfunction and attention in disorders/diseases such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dementia. Dr Burrows has also recently developed a novel analysis method for detecting mouse ultrasonic vocalisations for studying impaired social communication. Her research applies novel technologies to assess behavioural changes in mouse models with a focus on translation to the clinic.

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Emma is a passionate science communicator and tweets @embws