Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary field that includes the anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of neuronal function and neuronal circuitry at molecular, cell, and organ levels within the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Neuroscience research in the school falls within two broad categories: hearing, deafness and sensory neuroscience, and neuroscience and neuropathy.
Hearing, deafness and sensory neuroscience
Deafness is one of the most common sensory deficits. The Auditory Laboratory specialises in original research into the physiology of hearing, deafness and tinnitus and associated aspects of neurophysiology and membrane transport.
It is one of Australia's leading research institutions in auditory physiology, and hosts the UWA Master of Clinical Audiology course.
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Neuroscience and neurotherapy
There is a major emphasis on developing and testing novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of neurotrauma and neurodegenerative diseases in the central nervous system.
Strategies include stem cell and neural tissue transplantation, pharmacotherapy, gene therapy, and the application of biocompatible polymer systems, with an emphasis on protection and repair of the spinal cord and visual system.