Amanda Wood

Professor, Director, Aston Neuroscience Institute

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Research Interests

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 2019

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., 23 Oct 2019, In : Cortex.

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

Intellectual functioning in clinically confirmed fetal valproate syndrome

Bromley, R. L., Baker, G. A., Clayton-smith, J. & Wood, A. G., 1 Jan 2019, In : Neurotoxicology and Teratology. 71, p. 16-21 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Valproic Acid
Fetal Diseases
Short-Term Memory