Renee Turner

A/Prof Renee Turner

Deputy Head Discipline of Anatomy & Pathology

School of Biomedicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


Associate Professor Turner is the NRF Director of Neurosurgical Research, Head of the Translational Neuropathology Laboratory and Head of the Discipline of Anantomy and Pathology in the Adelaide Medical School at the University of Adelaide. Her research is focused on improving the translation of novel treatments from laboratory studies into the clinic for conditions such as stroke and traumatic brain injury, through the use of appropriate per-clinical models. Her research is targeted at elucidating the mechanisms of blood-brain barrier breakdown, development of cerebral oedema and neuronal injury following acute injuries to the brain to reduce disability and improve outcomes.

A/Prof Turner is actively involved in Science communication and community engagement through her involvement in events such as Kids Navigate Neuroscience (Science Week), Children's University and the Adelaide Compass Program at the University of Adelaide. A/Prof Turner has a long-standing affiliation with the Neurosurgical Research Foundation which raises funds for research into neurological conditions in South Australian laboratories.

A/Prof Turner teaches into the Health and Medical Sciences, Nursing and Medicine programs on the normal structure and function of the nervous and cardiovascular systems as well as pathology of the nervous and cardiovasular systems. A/Prof Turner is course coordinator for the following courses: Essentials of Neuroscience (HLTH SC 1001) and Neurological Diseases (PATHOL 3200).

A/Prof Turner is the NRF Director of Neurosurgical Research, Head of the Translational Neuropathology laboratory and a research/teaching academic within the School of Biomedicine (Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences) at the University of Adelaide. From 2008 to 2010 Renée worked in the world leading laboratory of Prof. Frank Sharp in the M.I.N.D Institute at the University of California at Davis before returning to the University of Adelaide in 2010 as an NHMRC CJ Martin Research Fellow, to establish her laboratory. Since this time she has established a reputation as a specialist in stroke science and clinically-relevant models of acute CNS injury.

Current projects are focused on:

  • The blood-brain barrier in ageing and disease.

  • Secondary neurodegeneration following stroke.

  • Treatment strategies targeting reperfusion injury and neuroinflammation following stroke.

  • Development and screening of novel diagnostic/monitoring technologies for stroke and brain injury.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Head, Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology University of Adelaide
    2017 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2016 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2015 Neurosurgical Research Foundation (NRF) Director of Neurosurgical Research NeuroSurgical Research Foundation
    2013 - 2015 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2012 NHMRC CJ Martin Post-Doctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2010 NHMRC CJ Martin Post-Doctoral Research Fellow University of California, Davis
    2007 - 2008 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2015 Award South Australian Young Tall Poppy Australian Institute of Policy Science
    2014 Award Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Leading Light Awards 2014, Runner Up
    2013 Award Travel Scholarship - Brain Meeting
    2011 Award Travel Scholarship - Faculty International Conference Award Faculty of Health Science
    2005 Award Travel Scholarship - Brain Meeting
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2004 - 2007 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2002 - 2002 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours)
    1999 - 2001 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Sanchez-Bezanilla, S., Hood, R. J., Collins-Praino, L. E., Turner, R. J., Walker, F. R., Nilsson, M., & Ong, L. K. (2021). More than motor impairment: A spatiotemporal analysis of cognitive impairment and associated neuropathological changes following cortical photothrombotic stroke. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 41(9), 2439-2455.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2021 Corrigan, F., Cernak, I., McAteer, K., Hellewell, S. C., Rosenfeld, J. V., Turner, R. J., & Vink, R. (2021). NK1 antagonists attenuate tau phosphorylation after blast and repeated concussive injury. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 9 pages.
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    2021 Sorby-Adams, A. J., Learoyd, A. E., Bath, P. M., Burrows, F., Farr, T. D., Leonard, A. V., . . . Trueman, R. C. (2021). Glyceryl trinitrate for the treatment of ischaemic stroke: Determining efficacy in rodent and ovine species for enhanced clinical translation. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 12 pages.
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    2020 McDonald, S. J., Sharkey, J. M., Sun, M., Kaukas, L., Shultz, S. R., Turner, R., . . . Corrigan, F. (2020). Beyond the brain: peripheral interactions following traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 37(5), 770-781.
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    2019 Dixon, B., Turner, R., & Christou, C. (2019). Assessment of a Non-Invasive Brain Oximeter in a Sheep Model of Acute Brain Injury.. Medical devices (Auckland, N.Z.), 12, 479-487.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2019 Sorby-Adams, A. J., Leonard, A., Elms, L. E., Marian, O. C., Hoving, J. W., Yassi, N., . . . Turner, R. J. (2019). Determining the temporal profile of intracranial pressure changes following transient stroke in an ovine model. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13(JUL), 587-1-587-16.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS5 Europe PMC1
    2019 Sorby-Adams, A. J., Leonard, A., Hoving, J. W., Yassi, N., Vink, R., Wells, A. J., & Turner, R. J. (2019). NK1-r antagonist treatment comparable to decompressive craniectomy in reducing intracranial pressure following stroke. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13(JUL), 681-1-681-12.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC4
    2018 Sorby-Adams, A., Vink, R., & Turner, R. (2018). Large animal models of stroke and traumatic brain injury as translational tools. American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 315(2), 165-190.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS34 Europe PMC21
    2017 McAteer, K. M., Turner, R. J., & Corrigan, F. (2017). Animal models of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Concussion (London, England), 2(2), 1-18.
    DOI Europe PMC7
    2017 Demuth, H., Dijkhuizen, R., Farr, T., Gelderblom, M., Horsburgh, K., Iadecola, C., . . . Boltze, J. (2017). Recent progress in translational research on neurovascular and neurodegenerative disorders. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 35(1), 87-103.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS9 Europe PMC5
    2017 Sorby-Adams, A., Marcoionni, A., Dempsey, E., Woenig, J., & Turner, R. (2017). The role of neurogenic inflammation in blood-brain barrier disruption and development of cerebral oedema following acute central nervous system (CNS) injury. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18(8), 24 pages.
    DOI Scopus46 WoS48 Europe PMC18
    2016 Turner, R., & Sharp, F. (2016). Implications of MMP9 for blood brain barrier disruption and hemorrhagic transformation following ischemic stroke. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 10(MAR2016), 56-1-56-13.
    DOI Scopus188 WoS178 Europe PMC123
    2016 Busingye, D., Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2016). Combined magnesium/polyethylene glycol facilitates the neuroprotective effects of magnesium in traumatic brain injury at a reduced magnesium dose. CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics, 22(10), 854-859.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6 Europe PMC2
    2016 McAteer, K., Corrigan, F., Thornton, E., Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2016). Short and long term behavioral and pathological changes in a novel rodent model of repetitive mild traumatic brain Injury. PLOS ONE, 11(8), e0160220-1-e0160220-18.
    DOI Scopus48 WoS44 Europe PMC28
    2016 Corrigan, F., Vink, R., & Turner, R. (2016). Inflammation in acute CNS injury: a focus on the role of substance P. British Journal of Pharmacology, 173(4), 703-715.
    DOI Scopus42 WoS36 Europe PMC27
    2015 Wells, A., Vink, R., Helps, S., Knox, S., Blumbergs, P., & Turner, R. (2015). Elevated intracranial pressure and cerebral edema following permanent MCA occlusion in an ovine model. PLoS One, 10(6), e0130512-1-e0130512-20.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS14 Europe PMC11
    2014 Anderson, R. W. G., Sandoz, B., Dutschke, J. K., Finnie, J. W., Turner, R. J., Blumbergs, P. C., . . . Vink, R. (2014). Biomechanical studies in an ovine model of non-accidental head injury. Journal of Biomechanics, 47(11), 2578-2583.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS9 Europe PMC7
    2014 Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2014). NK1 tachykinin receptor treatment is superior to capsaicin pre-treatment in improving functional outcome following acute ischemic stroke. Neuropeptides, 48(5), 267-272.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS13 Europe PMC11
    2014 Stamova, B., Jickling, G. C., Ander, B. P., Zhan, X., Liu, D. Z., Turner, R., . . . Sharp, F. R. (2014). Gene expression in peripheral immune cells following cardioembolic stroke is sexually dimorphic. PLoS ONE, 9(7), 1-9.
    DOI Scopus39 Europe PMC21
    2013 Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2013). The role of substance P in ischaemic brain injury. Brain Sciences, 3(1), 123-142.
    DOI Scopus14 Europe PMC7
    2013 Lewis, K., Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2013). Blocking neurogenic inflammation for the treatment of acute disorders of the central nervous system. International Journal of Inflammation, 2013, 1-16.
    DOI Scopus19 Europe PMC8
    2012 Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2012). Combined tissue plasminogen activator and an NK1 tachykinin receptor antagonist: an effective treatment for reperfusion injury following acute ischemic stroke in rats. Neuroscience, 220, 1-10.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS22 Europe PMC17
    2012 Wells, A., Vink, R., Blumbergs, P., Brophy, B., Helps, S., Knox, S., & Turner, R. (2012). A surgical model of permanent and transient middle cerebral artery stroke in the sheep. PLoS One, 7(7), 1-9.
    DOI Scopus41 WoS41 Europe PMC27
    2012 Finnie, J., Blumbergs, P., Manavis, J., Turner, R., Helps, S., Vink, R., . . . Anderson, R. (2012). Neuropathological changes in a lamb model of non-accidental head injury (the shaken baby syndrome). Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 19(8), 1159-1164.
    DOI Scopus49 WoS41 Europe PMC24
    2012 Barry, C., Turner, R., Corrigan, F., & Vink, R. (2012). New therapeutic approaches to subarachnoid hemorrhage. Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs, 21(6), 845-859.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS11 Europe PMC7
    2012 Tian, Y., Stamova, B., Jickling, G., Xu, H., Liu, D., Ander, B., . . . Sharp, F. (2012). Y chromosome gene expression in the blood of male patients with ischemic stroke compared with male controls. Gender Medicine, 9(2), 68-75.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS14 Europe PMC14
    2011 Turner, R. J., Bushnell, C. D., Register, T. C., & Sharp, F. R. (2011). Gender-Dependent Correlations of Carotid Intima-Media Thickness with Gene Expression in Blood. Translational Stroke Research, 2(2), 171-178.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC3
    2011 Zhan, X., Jickling, G., Tian, Y., Stamova, B., Xu, H., Ander, B., . . . Sharp, F. (2011). Transient ischemic attacks characterized by RNA profiles in blood. Neurology, 77(19), 1718-1724.
    DOI Scopus24 WoS21 Europe PMC15
    2011 Turner, R., Jickling, G., & Sharp, F. (2011). Are underlying assumptions of current animal models of human stroke correct: From STAIRs to high hurdles?. Translational Stroke Research, 2(2), 138-143.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS29 Europe PMC24
    2011 Turner, R., Helps, S., Thornton, E., & Vink, R. (2011). A substance P antagonist improves outcome when administered 4 h after onset of ischaemic stroke. Brain Research, 1393, 84-90.
    DOI Scopus48 WoS42 Europe PMC35
    2010 Xu, H., Stamova, B., Jickling, G., Tian, Y., Zhan, X., Ander, B., . . . DeCarli, C. (2010). Distinctive RNA expression profiles in blood associated with white matter hyperintensities in brain. Stroke, 2010(12), 1-6.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS29 Europe PMC28
    2010 Jickling, G., Zhan, X., Ander, B., Turner, R., Stamova, B., Xu, H., . . . Sharp, F. (2010). Genome response to tissue plasminogen activator in experimental ischemic stroke. BMC Genomics, 11(1), 1-10.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS11 Europe PMC7
    2010 Liu, D., Tian, Y., Ander, B., Xu, H., Stamova, B., Zhan, X., . . . Sharp, F. (2010). Brain and blood microRNA expression profiling of ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and kainate seizures. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 2009(1), 1-10.
    DOI Scopus404 WoS385 Europe PMC296
    2010 Zhan, X., Ander, B., Jickling, G., Turner, R., Stamova, B., Xu, H., . . . Sharp, F. (2010). Brief focal cerebral ischemia that simulates transient ischemic attacks in humans regulates gene expression in rat peripheral blood. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 2009(1), 1-9.
    DOI Scopus30 WoS31 Europe PMC25
    2010 Jickling, G. C., Xu, H., Stamova, B., Ander, B. P., Zhan, X., Tian, Y., . . . Sharp, F. R. (2010). Signatures of cardioembolic and large-vessel ischemic stroke. Annals of Neurology, 68(5), 681-692.
    DOI Scopus97 WoS93 Europe PMC71
    2010 Stamova, B., Xu, H., Jickling, G., Bushnell, C., Tian, Y., Ander, B. P., . . . Sharp, F. R. (2010). Gene expression profiling of blood for the prediction of ischemic stroke. Stroke, 41(10), 2171-2177.
    DOI Scopus97 WoS92 Europe PMC80
    2009 Stamova, B., Apperson, M., Walker, W., Tian, Y., Xu, H., Adamczy, P., . . . Sharp, F. (2009). Identification and validation of suitable endogenous reference genes for gene expression studies in human peripheral blood. BMC Medical Genomics, 2(49), 1-13.
    DOI Scopus78 WoS77 Europe PMC63
    2007 Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2007). Inhibition of neurogenic inflammation as a novel treatment for ischemic stroke. Timely Topics in Medicine. Cardiovascular Diseases, 11, E24.
    Scopus12 Europe PMC7
    2007 Donkin, J., Turner, R., Hassan, I., & Vink, R. (2007). Substance P in traumatic brain injury. Progress in Brain Research, 161, 97-109.
    DOI Scopus52 WoS47 Europe PMC36
    2007 Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2007). Inhibition of neurogenic inflammation as a novel treatment for ischemic stroke. Drug News & Perspectives, 20(4), 221-226.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS16 Europe PMC12
    2004 Turner, R., Van Den Heuvel, C., & Vink, R. (2004). Amiloride increases neuronal damage after traumatic brain injury in rats. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 23(5), 534S-537S.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS11 Europe PMC6
    2004 Turner, R., Da Silva, K., O'Connor, C., Van Den Heuvel, C., & Vink, R. (2004). Magnesium gluconate offers no more protection than magnesium sulphate following diffuse traumatic brain injury in rats. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 23(5), 541S-544S.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS9 Europe PMC5
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2016 Leonard, A., & Turner, R. (2016). Aquaporins within the Central Nervous System: Implications for Oedema Following Traumatic CNS Injury. In G. Soveral, S. Nielsen, & A. Casini (Eds.), Aquaporins in Health and Disease: New Molecular Targets for Drug Discovery (pp. 205-216). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
    2015 Busingye, D., Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2015). Emerging therapies in traumatic brain injury. In D. Cifu, & B. Eapen (Eds.), Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Medicine (pp. 260-271). London: Future Medicine.
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    2013 Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2013). Magnesium and traumatic brain injury. In R. Wilson, V. Preedy, & S. Zibadi (Eds.), Magnesium in Human Health and Disease (1 ed., pp. 255-267). United States: Springer.
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    2013 Gabrielian, L., Helps, S., Thornton, E., Turner, R., Leonard, A., & Vink, R. (2013). Substance P antagonists as a novel intervention for brain edema and raised intracranial pressure. In Y. Katayama, T. Maeda, & T. Kuroiwa (Eds.), Brain Edema XV (Vol. 118, pp. 201-204). Vienna: Springer.
    DOI Scopus31 Europe PMC23
    2012 Turner, R., Corrigan, F., & Vink, R. (2012). Magnesium in acute brain injury. In Y. Li, & J. Zhang (Eds.), Metal Ion in Stroke (1 ed., pp. 445-460). United States: Springer.
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    2006 Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2006). Magnesium in the central nervous system. In Y. Nishizawa, H. Morii, & J. Durlach (Eds.), New perspectives in magnesium research: Nutrition and health (pp. 338-355). UK: Springer.
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2016 Dutschke, J., Anderson, R., Sandoz, B., Finnie, J., Manavis, J., Nishimoto, T., . . . Vink, R. (2016). A Biomechanical Model of Traumatic Contusional Injury Produced by Controlled Cerebrocortical Indentation in Sheep. In 2016 IRCOBI Conference Proceedings (pp. 354-368). Online: IRCOBI.
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    2015 McAteer, K., Corrigan, F., Thornton, E., Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2015). Short and long term behavioral and pathological changes in a novel rodent model of repetitive mild traumatic brain injury. In Abstracts of the 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Neurochemistry jointly with the 13th Meeting of the Asian‐Pacific Society for Neurochemistry in conjunction with the 35th Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society, as published in Vol. 134 (pp. 340-341). Cairns, AUSTRALIA: Wiley-Blackwell.
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    2011 Sandoz, B., Anderson, R., Finnie, J., Wells, A., Turner, R., & Vink, R. (2011). Reproducible brain injuries produced in a sheep model by direct impact. In Proceedings of The XXIII ISB Congress 2011 (pp. 0 pages). Brussels, Belgium.
    2006 Turner, R., Blumbergs, P., Sims, N., Helps, S., Rodgers, K., & Vink, R. (2006). Increased substance P immunoreactivity and edema formation following reversible ischemic stroke. In J. Hoff, R. Keep, G. Xi, & Y. Hua (Eds.), Brain edema XIII Vol. 96 (pp. 263-266). New York: Springer-Verlag.
    DOI Scopus39 WoS34 Europe PMC21
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2019 Sorby-Adams, A., Elms, L., Bilecki, I., Marian, O., Leonard, A., Crowther, R., . . . Turner, R. (2019). Developing a method to assess functional recovery following stroke in a large animal model: a biomechanical and neurological outcome approach. Poster session presented at the meeting of JOURNAL OF CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW AND METABOLISM. Yokohama, JAPAN: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC.

My research program has been funded by the following grant schemes:

  • Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) (CIA)
  • NHMRC Project Grants (CIA; CID)
  • NHMRC CJ Martin Overseas Biomedical Post-Doctoral Fellowship (sole CI)
  • NHMRC Dora-Lush Post-Graduate Scholarship (sole CI)
  • Brain Foundation (sole CI)
  • Stroke Foundation (sole CI; S14/310)
  • NeuroSurgical Research Foundation (sole CI)
  • Adelaide Centre for Neuroscience Research (sole CI)

A/Prof Turner teaches into numerous courses across the Health and Medical Science, Nursing and Medicine programs on the normal structure and function, as well as pathology of the nervous and cardiovascular systems.

A/Prof Turner is course coordinator for the following courses:

  • Essentials of Neuroscience (HLTH SC 1001)

  • Neurological Diseases (PATHOL 3200)

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Preclinical evaluation of the novel therapeutic compound APP96-110 in a ferret model of traumatic brain injury. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Justin Leigh Krieg
    2020 Principal Supervisor The Role of Neuroinflammation in Delayed Neurodegeneration following Ischemic Stroke Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Shannon Mikayla Stuckey
    2019 Principal Supervisor Blood-Brain Barrier Changes in Healthy Ageing and Disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Isabella Megan Bilecki
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Bridging the Gap in Clinical Translation: Optimising an Ovine Model of Traumatic Brain Injury Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jessica May Sharkey
    2016 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Targeting Cerebral Oedema and Elevated Intracranial Pressure in a Preclinical Model of Ischaemic Stroke Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Annabel Jain Sorby-Adams
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The Role of Substance P in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Kelly Marie McAteer
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Characterizing The Role Of Haptoglobin In Experimental Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Mr Thomas Morris
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Magnesium Polyethylene Glycol: A Novel Therapeutic Agent for Traumatic Brain Injury Master of Medical Science Master Full Time Dr Diana Sabiiti Busingye
    2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor A surgical model of middle cerebral artery occlusive stroke in the sheep Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Adam James Wells
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2012 - ongoing Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
    2011 - ongoing Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS)
    2006 - ongoing Stroke Society of Australasia (SSA)
    2005 - ongoing International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (ISCBFM)
  • Position: Deputy Head Discipline of Anatomy & Pathology
  • Phone: 83133114
  • Email: renee.turner@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 5384
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North, floor 2
  • Room: N211
  • Org Unit: Medical Sciences

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