DR Song Yao

DR Song Yao


  • Cardiovascular Neuroscience (blood brain barrier, cytokines, heart failure)



  • My current research is focused on understanding how genetic, neurochemical and structural changes that occur in the brain following myocardial infarction contributes to an overactive sympathetic nervous system and consequently disease progression. Current research projects include identifying and understanding the function of specific cytokines and their role in furthering heart failure progression. Another area of interest is the blood brain barrier and its integrity in heart failure.   


Member of

  • Australian Neuroscience Society. Ordinary Member 2011 -
  • High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia. Ordinary Member 2011 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • B.Sc. (Hons), Monash University
  • Ph.D., Monash University

Awards and honors

  • Clinical Science Prize, 2011
  • High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia Prize, 2011
  • Wellcome Trust VIP Award, 2009



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Honours and Higher Degree (Masters, PhD) projects are available. Our laboratory is interested in how the brain changes following myocardial infarction and during the development of heart failure. Two current projects include,

    1. Investigating the integrity of the blood-brain barrier in heart failure.
    2. Studying how adult neurogenesis is affected by heart failure.