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Dr

Vanessa Cropley

Mnc Senior Research Fellow
schizophrenia
psychosis
brain imaging
PET
neurobiology
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
psychiatry
humans
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Dr

Vanessa Cropley

 
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Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
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Dr

Vanessa Cropley

 

Dr. Vanessa Cropley completed her Honours and PhD at the Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University. Her PhD thesis investigated the striatal and extrastriatal dopamine system and its association with frontostriatal cognitive function in healthy subjects and individuals with Parkinson’s disease using the molecular imaging technique, positron emission tomography (PET).

She conducted these studies at the Molecular Imaging Branch within the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH, NIH). In 2011, Dr Cropley commenced a National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postdoctoral Training Fellowship to undertake brain imaging studies in psychosis at the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (MNC). She is currently a Research Fellow within MNC. Her research focuses on investigating neuroimaging and neurobiological markers associated with clinical, functional and cognitive outcomes in schizophrenia and psychosis using a multi-modal and longitudinal approach.

Dr. Cropley participates in several competitively funded national research projects and leads a current NHMRC Project Grant and an international NARSAD Young Investigator grant. Her main research interests include: 1) examination of neuroinflammation in psychosis using PET imaging and other brain and peripheral measures of inflammatory processes, 2) examination of brain structural and functional trajectories of illness within a developmental and aging framework, 3) investigating the influence of dopamine on frontostriatal circuitry, and 4) examining brain-behaviour relationships associated with specific illness dimensions, illness stages or discrete subgroups within the schizophrenia syndrome. Dr. Cropley supervises a number of PhD and honours students and international visitors. She has authored over 34 journal publications in leading international journals and has acquired over $2.5 million in competitive research funding over her career. Dr. Cropley is a member of the MNC Executive, is the Deputy Head of the MNC Psychosis and Developmental Neuropsychiatry research stream and is a current member of the Department of Psychiatry research subcommittee.

Projects

Displaying the 12 most recent projects by Vanessa Cropley.

12

Projects

Project Types


8

Research Grant


2

Internal Research Grant


2

Research Contracts


Scholarly Works

Displaying the 66 most recent scholarly works by Vanessa Cropley.

Credentials

Positions


Mnc Senior Research Fellow

Psychiatry

Education


Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Swinburne University of Technology

Bachelor of Science (Pschology)

Swinburne University of Technology

Doctor of Philosophy

Swinburne University of Technology