Simon McKenzie-Nickson

 Simon is co-mentoring a team from Warragul Regional College

Simon is co-mentoring a team from Warragul Regional College

  • Describe your research.

I work at the pre-clinical stage of developing add-on therapies to help reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia. The drugs we work on are focused on reducing some of the symptoms of schizophrenia that are typically not well targeted by current treatments such as cognitive problems. The goal is to find a drug that could be taken with currently prescribed antipsychotics that would help control the wide range of symptoms commonly experienced by those diagnosed with schizophrenia.

  • Do you have a mentor or role model?

My late step-dad has been an excellent mentor for me

  • How did you find your mentor? 

I approached my step-dad to be my mentor during a difficult time during my PhD

  • How does your mentor empower you? 

My mentor empowered me by guiding me toward strategies and solutions to roadblocks in such a way that I felt ownership of the strategy

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