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Amanda Wood

Professor, Director, Aston Neuroscience Institute

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    My research seeks to provide a scientific evidence base to understanding the consequences and mechanisms of early life brain injury on long-term child outcomes. I have expertise in cutting edge brain imaging technologies and combine these with clinically relevant neuropsychological investigations to produce research that matters to families, healthcare providers and policy makers.

    My current research in the paediatric setting focusses on three key areas:

    • Risk stratification using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biomarkers in a machine learning environment to predict long-term child neurodevelopment (PROBIt - funded by the European Research Council (
    • Mechanisms of poor neurodevelopmental outcome following prenatal anticonvulsant exposure
    • Presurgical mapping of eloquent cortex in children with refractory epilepsy

    I am also fortunate to collaborate with colleagues on studies in ageing, including:

    • The effects of androgen deprivation therapy to treat prostate cancer on brain structure and function (CogCan study, funded by Prostate Cancer UK; PI Prof Grunfeld, Birkbeck, London)
    • The cognitive risks associated with diabetes in adults (PI Professor Srikanth, Monash Australia)



    1994 - BSc (Hons), The University of Melbourne, Australia

    2001 - PhD, The University of Melbourne, Australia

    2005 - MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology), The University of Melbourne, Australia

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    Research Output 2000 2020

    Developmental Divergence of Structural Brain Networks as an Indicator of Future Cognitive Impairments in Childhood Brain Injury: Executive Functions

    King, D. J., Seri, S., Beare, R., Catroppa, C., Anderson, V. A. & Wood, A. G., 21 Jan 2020, In : Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 42, 100762.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Executive Function
    Brain Injuries

    Anterior and posterior commissures in agenesis of the corpus callosum: alternative pathways for attention processes?

    Siffredi, V., Wood, A. G., Leventer, R., Vaessen, M., Mcilroy, A., Anderson, V., Vuilleumier, P. & Spencer-smith, M. M., 1 Dec 2019, In : Cortex. 121, p. 454-467 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Agenesis of Corpus Callosum
    Corpus Callosum

    A systematic review of cross-sectional differences and longitudinal changes to the morphometry of the brain following paediatric traumatic brain injury

    King, D., Ellis, K., Seri, S. & Wood, A., 1 May 2019, In : NeuroImage: Clinical. 23, 101844.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
    Wounds and Injuries
    Brain Injuries
    Young Adult

    Blood pressure, aortic stiffness, hemodynamics and cognition in twin pairs discordant for type 2 diabetes

    Karayiannis, C., Moran, C., Sharman, J. E., Beare, R., Quinn, S. J., Phan, T. G., Wood, A., Thrift, A. G., Wang, W. C. & Srikanth, V., 16 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Alzheimer's disease. 71, 3, p. 763-773 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Vascular Stiffness
    Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
    Blood Pressure

    Diagnosis and management of individuals with Fetal Valproate Spectrum Disorder; a consensus statement from the European Reference Network for Congenital Malformations and Intellectual Disability

    Clayton-smith, J., Bromley, R., Dean, J., Journel, H., Odent, S., Wood, A., Williams, J., Cuthbert, V., Hackett, L., Aslam, N., Malm, H., James, G., Westbom, L., Day, R., Ladusans, E., Jackson, A., Bruce, I., Walker, R., Sidhu, S., Dyer, C. & 5 others, Ashworth, J., Hindley, D., Diaz, G. A., Rawson, M. & Turnpenny, P., 19 Jul 2019, In : Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. 14, 1, 180.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Valproic Acid
    Intellectual Disability
    Information Management