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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