Title

Notre Dame Academic awarded Marie Curie Fellowship

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 7-23-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place

Fremantle

Abstract

Dr Rachel Sherrard from The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle has been granted a two-year Marie Curie International Fellowship by the European Union.

Dr Sherrard, who is the Chair of the School of Medicine’s Basic Clinical and Science Domain and a researcher at The University of Western Australia (UWA), will be furthering her research in brain repair and plasticity.

She said her long term aim is to create function improvement for people suffering from brain injuries due to things like infection, stroke or motor accidents.

“What is different about my work is that I’m not trying to get a cell to regrow its own damaged axon,” said Dr Sherrard. “I’m saying you’ve lost some of your brain, let’s see if we can’t get other areas to change what they do and therefore take over the lost function.

“And what I’m going to start to do is to look at the underlying genetics controlling this so that we can be more efficient in the way that we treat and try and switch on appropriate genes,” said Dr Sherrard.