Prof Michael O'Sullivan

Director, HIRF

Professor Mike O'Sullivan is a neuroscientist and neurologist, with a joint appointment between UQ and RBWH.  He is a member of the executive of the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, a Staf Specialist in Neurology at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, and is the Director of Herston Imaging Research Facility. 

He has a special interest in mechanisms of resilience and recovery of the brain after injury.  He is interested in networks in the brain that support memory and cognitive control. He is the Principal Investigator of STRATEGIC, a large observational study of cognitive function after stroke and a co-investigator of the cognitive substudy of TRIDENT, a trial of blood pressure lowering after acute haemorrhage. Prior to moving to Australia, Professor O'Sullivan was the strategic lead for stroke at King's Health Partners, an Academic Health Sciences Centre connecting the University and three major NHS Foundation Trusts in South London and a member of the Vascular Experimental Medicine Group of the UK Dementias Platform. His group has substantial experience in the application of diffusion MRI, tractography and functional MRI to understand the interaction between focal damage and other processes involved in ageing and early cognitive decline, viewed from a network perspective.

Figure:  Hippocampal subfield labels shown on a saggial view. Age-related changes in a network that inclues the subiculum and fornix are important in cognitive change in healthy aging.





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