Lyndsey Collins-Praino

Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino

Senior Lecturer

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino holds a PhD in behavioral neuroscience. Her research focuses on the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying cognitive decline in healthy aging and in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. She is particularly interested in the role of inflammation in this process. Her research has appeared in a variety of high-quality, peer-reviewed journals, and she has presented it at both national and international conferences. Lyndsey is the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships, honours and awards for the novelty, quality and interest of this work, including a 2016 South Australian Young Tall Poppy award. Her research can be seen featured in multiple media outlets..

In addition to her research background, Lyndsey has significant teaching experience. She is co-convenor of the Neuroscience major in the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences, and teaches neuroanatomy and neuroscience courses to nursing, medical and health sciences students. Her commitment to teaching has been recognized by her receipt of the Executive Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (2015) and the STEM Educator of the Year Award at the 2016 SA Science Excellence Awards.

Lyndsey is also heavily involved in neuroscience outreach in the local community. She has a strong commitment to making neuroscience content accessible and fun to children and young adults in the community, particularly to members of groups who are traditionally under-represented in the field. Lyndsey is the founder and organiser of the Kids Navigate Neuroscience event, held annually during National Science Week, and generously supported by a National Science Week grant. She is Treasurer of the National Science Week Committee (SA) and a member of the Inspiring South Australia Steering Group. She is also involved in raising community awareness of Parkinson's Disease, and volunteers as a speaker for Parkinson's SA.

My research seeks to understand the physiological mechanisms of cognitive decline in healthy ageing and in neurodegenerative disease.  My research particularly focuses on the role of neuroinflammation in the development of cognitive decline.  To date, my research has attracted over $500,000 in competitive research funding.

Currently, I have a number of projects ongoing. Some of these include

1. Investigation of whether Fyn kinase inhibition can improve functional outcomes and slow dopamine neuron degeneration in pre-clinical models of Parkinson's disease.

2. Investigation of whether growth factor administration is able to prevent neurodegeneration and reduce chronic inflammation following traumatic brain injury.

3. Investigation of whether administration of a norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitor can improve cognitive and depressive-like outcomes following traumatic brain injury.

4. Investigation of whether a neuroinflammatory signature is predictive of conversion to dementia in Parkinson's disease.


  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Senior Lecturer, Anatomy and Pathology University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2016 Lecturer University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Award Early Career STEM Educator of the Year (Tertiary Teaching)
    2016 Award Executive Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence
    2016 Fellowship International Neurotrauma Symposium travel fellowship
    2016 Award South Australian Young Tall Poppy (Finalist, Tall Poppy of the Year)
    2015 Award Unsung euro of South Australian Science, Finalist
    2012 Fellowship Society for Neuroscience/Japanese Neuroscience Society Travel Award
    2012 Fellowship Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference travel fellowship
    2012 Award Henry Taub Award for Best Poster Presentation Columbia University Medical Centre United States
    2012 Fellowship NIA Butler-Williams Scholar
    2010 Award Outstanding Scientific Presentation University of Connecticut Health Center United States
    2010 Award Tieman Research Prize NEURON Conference
    2010 Fellowship Society for Neuroscience Graduate Student Travel Award
    2010 Fellowship International Basal Ganglia Society travel fellowship
    2006 Award Excellence in Neuroscience University of Scranton United States
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Italian Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Research Interests

I have received research and training funding from the Neurosurgical Research Foundation, Adelaide Research and Innovation and the National Institute of Health.

My community work with Kids Navigate Neuroscience has been supported by grants from National Science Week, an Inspiring Australia initiative.


Prior to coming to the University of Adelaide, I taught neuroscience, psychology and anatomy courses at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT, USA), Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT, USA) and Eastern Connecticut State University (Willimantic, CT, USA).

At the University of Adelaide, I currently teach into a number of courses in the Bachelors of Health and Medical Sciences, including:

  • Functional Human Neuroanatomy (Coordinator)
  • Foundations of Human Neuroanatomy (Coordinator)
  • Essentials of Neuroscience (Co-Coordinator)
  • Principles of Neuroimmunology (Co-Coordinator) 
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Ethics, Science and Society
  • Biology of Disease
  • Exercise, Movement and Cognition

In addition to my teaching duties in the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences program, I provide a large portion of neuroanatomy content across Years 1-3 of the MBBS program, and contribute content to the second year nursing courses Biology of Human Disease I and II.

I am Year 1 Convenor of the MBBS Program and Co-Convenor of the Neuroscience major in the Bachelor of Health and Medical Science program

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Mechanisms by which Neuroinflammation mediates the development and progression of Parkinsons' Disease Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Miss Ing Chee Wee
    2019 Co-Supervisor Blood-Brain Barrier Changes in Healthy Ageing and Disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Isabella Megan Bilecki
    2019 Co-Supervisor Peripheral to Central Communication and the Sun: Implication for Addiction and Disease Pathology Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Ms Krystal Lee Iacopetta
    2018 Co-Supervisor Addressing Teacher Burnout: A Comparison of Interventions to Reduce Prefrontal Cortex Activation on Sustained Cognitively Demanding Task in Young and Middle Aged Teachers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Stella Panozzo
    2017 Principal Supervisor Treatment strategies for Cognitive impairment and dementia ini Parkinson's Disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Bianca Laura Guglietti
    2015 Principal Supervisor Investigating the ability of neurotrophic factors to improve long-term functional outcomes and prevent neurodegeneration in an experimental model of traumatic brain injury Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Alina Arulsamy
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member School of Medicine (SOM) Early/Middle Career Researcher Committee University of Adelaide
    2016 - ongoing Treasurer National Science Week Committee (South Australia)
    2016 - ongoing Member Inspiring South Australia Steering Group
    2015 - ongoing Chair Year 1 MBBS Committee University of Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Member MBBS Assessment Committee University of Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Member Low-Risk Human Research Ethics Committee University of Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Member MBBS Curriculum Committee Member
    2015 - 2015 Member School of Medical Sciences Learning and Teaching Committee Member University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2015 Member School of Medical Sciences Seminar Committee University of Adelaide
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society
    2016 - ongoing International Neurotrauma Society
    2015 - ongoing International Society for Neurochemistry
    2015 - ongoing Australasian Neuroscience Society
    2006 - ongoing Member Society for Neuroscience
    2006 - ongoing Member International Basal Ganglia Society
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Co-convenor, Neuroscience Major University of Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Year 1 Convenor, MBBS Program University of Adelaide

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