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Professor Roger BarkerProfessor Roger Barker is a Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the Centre for Brain Repair at Cambridge University.
Professor Barker is interested in clinical aspects of Parkinson's Disease and Huntington's Disease, as well as new therapeutic strategies to treat these disorders. He is an active neurologist and runs the regional HD clinic and also sees patients with a range of neurological disorders.
He is Co-Editor in Chief of the ACNR and the Journal of Neurology. He currently sits on the Editorial board of several other journals and is chair of the ERC Advanced grants committee in Neural sciences and a member of the RAP of Cure-PD. Professor Barker is a primary collaborator in the ParkC component at Curtin’s Neuroscience Research Laboratory. If you are interested in Parkinson’s Disease research in the lab, please visit the ParkC section.

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Professor Romola BucksRomola trained in the UK in Clinical Psychology (MSc. Clinical Psychology) at the University of Birmingham. Following graduation in 1990, she took up post in the National Health Service in Gloucestershire, where she specialised in Clinical Neuropsychology, working with older adults and individuals with brain injury. Subsequently, Romola obtained a PhD from the University of Bristol (1999). Whilst working on her PhD, Romola managed the Bristol Memory Disorders Clinic and Clinical Research Centre, for diagnosis, management and research into dementia. Before moving to UWA, Romola worked in the School of Psychology at Southampton University as Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, where she trained postgraduate students in clinical neuropsychology and ran the research training program for Southampton’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral degree. Throughout her academic career in the UK, Romola held substantive or honorary clinical positions with her local National Health Service Trust. Romola immigrated to Perth in 2007.
Since moving to Perth, she has continued her research in ageing and dementia, and continues to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has been director of Postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology since 2012, teaches in clinical neuropsychology (particularly cognitive ageing and dementia) and research methods (e.g. systematic reviewing, psychometrics, and research ethics).
Her primary research focus is on ageing, Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnoea and depression with a core feature of each the study of sleep disturbance and its impact on emotional and cognitive functioning. Her secondary research focus is on vulnerability, or resilience to negative affect in ageing.
Romola’s collaborations with Curtin include her research into the cognitive profile of Parkinson’s disease with ParkC, but extends to exploration of the relationship between pain and cognition in the Raine cohort with Leon Straker, Darren Beales, Anne Smith, and Peter O’Sullivan from Physiotherapy.

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David Putrino, Ph.D., P.T.I am a Physical Therapist with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. I graduated as a Physical Therapist from Curtin University of Technology with First Class Honors in 2004, and was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia in 2008 for my work studying the neural control of reaching under the supervision of Soumya Ghosh. Clinically, I have worked with patients in hospitals and private practices in the US, UK, and Australia. As a neuroscientist, I have held academic positions studying computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and MIT with Emery Brown, and performing motor control and brain machine interface research at NYU with Esther Gardner and Bijan Pesaran.
I consider teaching to be an essential part of any faculty position. In Perth, Western Australia, I have held teaching faculty positions at Curtin University of Technology and Edith Cowan University, and was responsible for teaching neuroanatomy and neuropathology to hundreds of students over several years, as well as assisting in course development.

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John Long, PhDJohn Long is a PhD student within the Buzsaki Lab of the NYU Neuroscience Institute, New York University, Langone Medical Center.

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