Kirsty Hall (MSc Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience & winner of the Ratcliffe Science Prize, 2014) joined us in March 2015 to work on pilot studies of paediatric cognitive interventions and computational modeling of imaging data.
Lucy Morgan will join the lab in April 2015 to work on our epilepsy and parenting study.
Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor
Deputy Head, Postgraduate Studies
BUIC management committee (Projects lead)
Scientific Advisory Committee, Epilepsy Research UK
Division of Neuropsychology, Professional Standards Unit, British Psychological Society
Chair & Founding member, AEDiP (Antiepileptic Drugs in Pregnancy: Maternal and Child Health Advisory Committee)
Executive Committee and Scientific Advisory Board, Australian Pregnancy Register for Women with Epilepsy and Allied Disorders, 2009-present
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) Advisory Board, Monash University 2007 – 2010
Recently funded research
We are very fortunate to have received funding to support our work from Epilepsy Action, Epilepsy Research UK and Prostate Cancer UK (collaboration with Professor Grunfeld, Coventry University).
Key studies running in the lab at present:
The experience of parenting in women with epilepsy (Epilepsy Action)
Developmentally appropriate presurgical mapping of eloquent cortex in children with epilepsy (ERUK)
Risk and Resilience Factors Associated with Cognitive Changes Following Androgen Deprivation Therapy in Prostate Cancer Patients (PCUK)
Latest publication from the lab:
March 2015 – New paper accepted, highlighting impact of prenatal exposure on long-term behavioural development in children. This paper is the first prospective assessment of autism in a cohort of children exposed prenatally to antiepileptic drugs. It will be listed on ResearchGate once online https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amanda_Wood/publications/ or you can email me for a copy.
Wood, AG., Nadebaum, C., Anderson, V., Reutens, DC. O’Brien, TJ., Vajda, F. (in press). Prospective assessment of autism traits in children exposed to antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy, Epilepsia
Selected recent publications:
Gonzalez, LM., Embuldeniya, US., Harvey, AS., Wrennall, JA., Testa, R., Anderson, VA., Wood, AG. (2014) Developmental stage affects cognition in children with recently-diagnosed symptomatic focal epilepsy, Epilepsy and Behaviour; 39C:97-104
Wood, AG., Chen, J., Barton, S., Nadebaum, C., Anderson, VA., Reutens, DC., O’Brien, TJ., Vajda, F. (2014) Altered cortical thickness following prenatal sodium valproate exposure, Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology; 1(7), 497-501 doi: 10.1002/acn3.74
Sripada, CS., Phan, KL., Labuschagne, I., Welsh, R., Nathan, PJ., Wood, AG. (2013). Oxytocin enhances resting state connectivity between amygdala and medial frontal cortex. The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 16(2):255-60
Nadebaum, C., Anderson, V., Reutens, DC., Vajda, F., Wood, AG. (2012) Childhood Cognitive Impairment Associated with Fetal Antiepileptic Drug Exposure: A Review. Developmental Neuropsychology, 37, 1-29.
Anderson VA. Spencer-Smith, M., Wood, AG (2011) Do children’s brains recover better? Plasticity, reorganisation and neurobehavioral change after early brain insult, Brain, 134, 2197-2221.