A/PROF David Abbott

A/PROF David Abbott




  • I am a physicist, Principal Research Fellow and Head of Neuroinformatics in the Epilepsy and Imaging Divisions at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and an Informatics Fellow of the Australian National Imaging Facility.
    My group develops and applies advanced neuroimaging analysis methods for human brain mapping research. Answering fundamental questions in neuroscience often requires collaborative research across multiple disciplines. My research is conducted in close collaboration with clinicians, yielding a focus on advancing neuroimaging methods towards better diagnosis and treatment. Technologies utilised include structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (fMRI), and simultaneous fMRI and electroencephalography (EEG/fMRI).
    My work is providing new insights into functional and structural brain organisation of healthy individuals, and reorganisation after injury and disease. I have authored over 100 publications with a cumulative total citation count exceeding six thousand (Google scholar). My h-index is 45 and i-10 index is 80. I also lead development of several publicly available neuroimaging software packages, including iBrain and SOCK.   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Long-term outcomes of childhood-onset epilepsy. Awarded by NIH (National Institutes of Health, USA) 2008-2014
    COMBIT: Randomised Controlled Trial of Novel Upper Neurorehabilitation for Congenital Hemiplegia. Awarded by NHMRC 2011-2013
    A device for simultaneous continuous acquisition of EEG and MRI. Awarded by NHMRC 2008-2009
    A randomised trial of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy and Botulinum Toxin A in children with Congenital Hemiplegia. Awarded by NHMRC 2006-2008
    Validating and optimising the analysis of magnetic resonance physiology data. Awarded by NHMRC 2006
    Brain adaptation associated with spontaneous and training-induced recovery of touch sensation post-stroke. Awarded by NHMRC 2004-2006
    Reorganisation of the language system in epilepsy. Awarded by NHMRC 2003-2005
    The Effects of Task and Rest on the Functional Connectivity of Language Regions in Brains of Healthy Subjects. Awarded by Austin Hospital Medical Research Foundation 2003
    Functional magnetic resonance imaging of expressive language in normal children. awarded by NHMRC 1998-2001
    Cerebral reorganisation: motor and somatosensory recovery after stroke. Awarded by NHMRC 1996-1998   


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am seeking prospective PhD students with a background or strong interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially:
    • Physics
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Software Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Informatics
    • Statistics
    Research projects available include development and application of advanced neuroimaging analysis methods for human brain mapping research. You would be enrolled in The University of Melbourne and be based at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, one of the world’s leading brain research institutes.