Quick Project Snapshot

Developing better Bionics for Brain stimulation and recording

This project explores how best to interface neural prosthetic devices into the brain for the treatment of many neurological disorders and sensory related dysfunction.  The primary goal of this project is to decode neural processing using novel neural engineering and neuroscientific methods including brain microstimulation and multichannel neural recording.  The information obtained through this exercise would benefit coding more generally leading to enhanced neural interfacing options and clues to assist the development of intelligent bionics in the future.  Options for the treatment of sensory dysfunction, tinnitus and neurological disorders such as epilepsy using deep brain stimulation can also be explored as multiple projects in this area are offered.  This project has the capacity to use a number of different techniques tailored to the students interest.  While the primary focus is on small animal multichannel brain recording and micro stimulation, given the multidisciplinary nature of this work there are opportunities to undertake projects in many fields.  Students with an interest in neuroscience together with biological sciences, neural and biomedical engineering, mathematics, computer science or psychology are encouraged to undertake this exciting visionary project.  Watch the exciting JOVE article that illustrates some of the techniques now available at our new Florey Institute labs at Melbourne Brain Centre Austin Campus. http://www.jove.com/video/3598/behavioral-determination-stimulus-pair-discrimination-auditory.

Morgan S and Paolini A.G. (2012) Behavioural determination of stimulus pair discrimination of auditory acoustic and electrical stimuli using a classical conditioning and heart-rate approach.  J Vis Exp. 6;(64):e3598.

Dr Antonio Paolini

Psychology and Experimental Neurophysiology

All Projects by this Lab

Developing better Bionics for Brain stimulation and recordingDrug Impacts on Behaviour and Epigenetics


The Florey's Epilepsy division is a world-leading centre for epilepsy research. The division has major groups at both the Florey’s Austin and Parkville campus. The group studies mechanisms that cause epilepsy from the level of cells to the function of the whole brain. We use technologies including advanced MRI and cutting edge cellular physiology techniques to allow us to understand genetic and acquired mechanisms that give rise to epilepsy. Together with our colleagues from The University of Melbourne and across Australia we are working towards finding a cure for epilepsy.

All Labs that operate in this Division

Epilepsy Cognition LaboratoryEpilepsy Neuroinformatics LaboratoryImaging and EpilepsyInnate Phagocytosis LaboratoryIon Channels and Human Diseases LaboratoryNeural Networks LaboratoryNeurophysiology of Excitable Networks LaboratoryPsychology and Experimental NeurophysiologySleep and CognitionTraumatic Brain Injury Laboratory