Developmental Imaging

“How does a child’s brain develop?”
“What impact do variations in brain development have on everyday functioning? “
“To what extent can environmental factors moderate childhood brain development?”

The Developmental Imaging research group was established to facilitate high quality medical imaging research on the Melbourne Children’s campus. Our aim is improve our knowledge of childhood development and health through the use of sophisticated medical imaging acquisition and analysis techniques.  Our ultimate goal is to actively translate our findings and innovations into improved diagnostic and therapeutic care for children & adolescents.

Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of neuroscientists, specialist radiographers (MR technologists), neuropsychologists and engineers.  Our group is divided into specialist teams including Developmental Neuropsychiatry, Bioinformatics and Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology. 

Currently our group is involved in major longitudinal studies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate typical brain development in childhood, as well as in prematurity, childhood illnesses (cancer, epilepsy), neurodevelopment disorders (ADHD, autism) and acquired brain injury.

Group Leaders: 
Group Members: 
Dr Chris Adamson
Role: 
Senior Research Officer
Dr Richard Beare
Role: 
Senior Research Officer
Matthew Bisset
Role: 
Research Assistant
Eloise Cameron
Role: 
PhD Student
Jian Chen
Role: 
Research Assistant
Professor Michael Ditchfield
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Rachel Ellis
Role: 
PhD Student
Dr Michelle Fink
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Sila Genc
Role: 
Research Assistant
Julie Iredale
Role: 
Administrative Assistant
Elisha Josev
Role: 
PhD Student
Michael Kean
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Hannah Korrel
Role: 
Masters by Psych/PhD
Dr Leasha Lilywhite
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Dr Alissandra McIlroy
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Kristina Peso
Role: 
Volunteer
Dr Chidambaram Prakash
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Renee Testa
Role: 
Research Associate
Veronika Vilgis
Role: 
PhD Student
Simone Vogrin
Role: 
Research Officer
Dr Charles Malpas
Role: 
NHMRC Early Career Fellow