Mitchell Goldsworthy

Dr Mitchell Goldsworthy

ARC Ext-Funded Rsch Fellow (C)

School of Biomedicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


Dr Mitchell Goldsworthy
ARC Research Fellow

My research employs various non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS, tES) and recording (EEG) techniques to characterise the neurophysiological determinants of cognitive function in healthy ageing and dementia. The overarching aim of this research is to provide new mechanistic insights into the roles of brain connectivity and plasticity in supporting late life cognitive health, with the potential to inform novel strategies for dementia prevention and therapy.

 

Research Project 1

Title: The neural basis of cognitive reserve

Project description: Cognitive reserve explains why some people are able to maintain healthy cognitive function in the face of age- or disease-related brain changes. However, the neural mechanisms of cognitive reserve are not well understood. This project will use non-invasive brain stimulation and electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive reserve in older adults.

Projects available for: Honours / PhD
Location: SAHMRI; AHMS (Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building, North Tce)
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

 

Research Project 2

Title: Brain oscillations and cognition in healthy ageing

Project description: Working memory and selective attention are among the cognitive processes most affected by ageing. Research in younger adults has shown that brain oscillations in the alpha frequency band (8–12 Hz) play an important role in orchestrating neural activity during these complex cognitive processes. Although aberrant alpha rhythms have been observed in normal ageing, little is known about how these changes in alpha contribute to age-related cognitive decline. This project will use electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate age differences in alpha brain oscillations during working memory and selective attention.

Projects available for: Honours / PhD
Location: SAHMRI; AHMS (Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building, North Tce)
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Research Grants and Fellowships (including year of award)

2019:    ARC DECRA (DE200100575). 3 years; $423,604.

             NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Grant (APP1171313). CIF; 5 years; $1,234,805.

2016:    Yulgilbar Postdoctoral Excellence Award. CIA; $30,000.

             University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Grant. CIB; $42,015.

2015:    NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship (APP1102272). 4 years; $603,767.

             NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (APP1112738 – relinquished to accept APP1102272).

2014:    AADRF Project Grant (DGP14-98). CIA; $50,000.

2013:    AADRF Full Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (DGP13F00034). 2 years; $220,000.

             AADRF Project Grant (DGP1300078 – relinquished to accept DGP13F00034).

2012:    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grant. €4,100.

 

Prizes, Awards, and Travel Grants

2016:    School of Medicine Research Travel Award. University of Adelaide. $1,000.

             Robinson Institute Travel Grant. Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide. $550.

2015:    Robinson Institute Travel Grant. Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide. $2,500.

2014:    Robinson Institute Travel Grant. Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide. $2,000.

2013:    Robinson Institute Travel Grant. Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide. $900.

              Symbiotic Devices Student Travel Award. Australasian Brain Stimulation. $200.

              Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. University of Adelaide.

2012:    AUGU/RC Heddle Award. University of Adelaide. $2,000.

             Research Abroad Scholarship. University of Adelaide. $2,000.

             Robinson Institute Travel Grant. Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide. $1,300.

2011:    Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Travelling Fellowship. University of Adelaide. $1,700.

2010:    Australian Postgraduate Award. $75,000.

             Robinson Institute PhD Scholarship. Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide. $15,000.

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Principal Supervisor The neurophysiology of cognitive reserve in ageing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Victoria Louise Prowse
    2022 Co-Supervisor The interaction between diet, physical activity and neuroplasticity in multiple sclerosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Madison Boda
    2022 Co-Supervisor Non-invasive brain stimulation in the treatment of post-stroke aphasia: neurophysiological insights and opportunities for clinical translation. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Ellen Evelyn Robison Williams
    2021 Principal Supervisor Investigating inducing plasticity in cortical circuits using repetitive paired pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Suraj Suresh
    2021 Principal Supervisor The impact of different drugs on neural oscillations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Marissa Marina Holden
    2019 Co-Supervisor Exploring The Relationship between Electroencephalography Aperiodic Slope, Neuroinflammation, Cognition and Function in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kai Tit Tan
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2022 Co-Supervisor A Study of Behavioural, Cognitive and Neural Markers Underlying Visuospatial Learning Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Toby Martin Branson
    2019 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Brain Rhythms and Working Memory in Healthy Ageing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sabrina Sghirripa
    2017 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Neurophysiological and Neuroendocrine Development in Adolescents Born to Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jago McDonald Van Dam

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