School of Biomedicine
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Rebecca George completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2021, working under the supervision of Dr Whittaker and Prof. Howarth. After achieving first class honours in BSc (Animal Science), Rebecca commenced her PhD research, examining the effect of chemotherapy on emotion and cognitive processing. Her research focused on both chemotherapy-induced gut toxicity (CIGT) and cognitive impairment (CICI) with a focus on neuroimmune activation as a potential driving mechanism. Further, her research investigated CIGT and CICI with a focus on assessment of emerging methods to measure affective state and cognition in a rat model, to improve translational validity and improve animal welfare. She has previous experience in performing behavioural tests in rodents, for example in the investigation of novel cognitive bias tests to assess emotional states in mice and rats, and has also been involved in therapeutic studies in rodent gastrointestinal disease models. Rebecca is a passionate and personable all-rounder, who thrives working in a scientific research environment and is actively involved in the Animal Welfare and Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (AWCAN) research group. She enjoys teaching and mentoring students, and undertakes numerous educator roles including; co-supervising honours students, guest lecturing, course coordinating, tutoring and laboratory demonstrating. She has received several prizes throughout her PhD studies, including a School publication quality prize and poster awards.
Date Position Institution name 2017 - ongoing Guest Lecturer The University of Adelaide 2016 - ongoing Demonstrator The University of Adelaide
Date Institution name Country Title 2016 - 2021 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Veterinary Science 2015 - 2015 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours) 2014 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Animal Science)
Year Citation 2017 Barker, T. H., George, R. P., Howarth, G. S., & Whittaker, A. L. (2017). The Assessment of Housing Density and Social Hierarchy of Laboratory Rats on Behavioural Measures to Assess Welfare. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2017 Australian & New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching Conference, ‘Maintaining Social License in a Changing World’. Queenstown, New Zealand. 2017 George, R. P., Barker, T., Lymn, K., Howarth, G., & Whittaker, A. (2017). Is chemotherapy-induced mucositis associated with pessimistic behaviour as demonstrated by negative judgement biases in the rat?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Society for Medical Research. South Australia. 2017 George, R. P., Barker, T. H., Lymn, K., Howarth, G. S., & Whittaker, A. L. (2017). Cognitive bias as a measure of affective state in a rat model of chemotherapy-induced mucositis. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference. South Australia. 2016 George, R., Barker, T., Howarth, G., & Whittaker, A. (2016). Mice do not exhibit pessimistic judgement biases in response to metabolic cage housing: reflection on housing type or cognitive bias methodologies.. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian and New Zealand Laboratory Animal Conference. Auckland. 2016 George, R., Barker, T., Howarth, G., & Whittaker, A. (2016). Mice do not exhibit pessimistic judgement biases in response to metabolic cage housing: reflection on housing type or cognitive bias methodologies.. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Society for Medical Research. Adelaide.
Year Citation 2021 Haller, O., Whittaker, A., George, R., Semendric, I., & Collins-Praino, L. (2021). Investigating the effects of anti-inflammatory agents in pre-clinical models of chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment – a systematic review protocol. PROSPERO- registration no: CRD42021240789. 2021 Semendric, I., Haller, O., George, R., Pollock, D., Whittaker, A., & Collins-Praino, L. (2021). Experience of the impact of chemobrain in childhood cancer survivors: a qualitative systematic review protocol. PROSPERO 2021 CRD42021240573. PROSPERO.
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2020 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Role of the neuroimmune response in chemobrain The University of Adelaide Honours in Health and Medical Sciences Honours Olivia Haller 2019 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Are there gender difference in predisposition to Chemotherapy-induced Cognitive Impairment The University of Adelaide Honours in Animal Science Honours Carolyn Mitchell 2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Validation of an Attention Bias Model of Affective State in Mice The University of Adelaide Honours in Animal Science Honours Sheryn Thomas 2017 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The role of empathy in influencing cognitive biasing The University of Adelaide Honours in Animal Science Honours Peta Groves
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