Systems Neuroscience Group, Newcastle

Systems Neuroscience is an approach to brain sciences that seeks the basic principles of brain organization, dynamics and function across a hierarchy of spatial and temporal scales. Systems Neuroscience can also make contributions to our understanding of neurological and mental health disorders by viewing function and dysfunction from a common perspective.

The work of our group embodies these principles across two broad domains - computational neuroscience and translational neuroimaging. The overarching aim of this work is to contribute to new insights into adaptive brain function and new predictive and diagnostic tests for brain disorders. Beneath such lofty goals are a bunch of often gruelling, specific and highly technical details to which we are also happy to devote time and endless cups of coffee.

We are funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian research Council and philanthropy.

We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians: the Pambalong clan of the Awabakal people on whose traditional land our research group is located.

Michael Breakspear

Group Leader
Systems Neuroscience Group

Léonie Borne


Johan van der Meer


Megan Campbell


Caroline Faucher

Research Assistant

Renate Thienel

Research Associate & Research Manager

Jayson Jeganathan

PhD student

Nikitas Koussis

PhD Student

Bryan Paton

Data Scientist & Technical Support (Wizard)

Tyler Luttrell

Honours Student

Josie Rae

Honours Student

Jennifer Palummo

Honours Student

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Philanthropic donors:

Brother’s Reid, co-funding research into mood disorders (Roberts et al. (2016); Jeganathan et al. (2018); Perry et al. (2018))
Rainbow foundation, co-funding research into bipolar disease and early psychosis.

Governmental funders,

National Health & Medical Research Council (NH&MRC):

Prospective Imaging Study of Ageing: Genes, Brain and Behaviour (PISA), APP1095227, (Lupton et al., 2020)
The Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT), APP1152623
Brain Connectomics in Psychiatry (Principal Research Fellowship), APP1118153, (Perry et al., 2018)