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Green, Katrina (Weston-Green) Dr

Senior Lecturer

  • Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Centre for Translational Neuroscience
  • Centre for Medical and Molecular Bioscience
  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
  • School of Medicine

Overview


Dr Katrina Green (Weston-Green) is a neuropharmacologist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research aims to improve the pharmacological treatment of brain illness.
Examples of current projects include:
  • Investigating the medicinal potential of phytochemicals in the cannabis plant (which contains +600 compounds) to improve brain function (eg treat deficits in learning and memory, depression, anxiety, psychosis)
  • Improving cognition and vascular function through bioactive plant-based compounds, flavonoids and anthocyanins (abundant in plums, cherries and blueberries)
  • Investigating the role of gut bacteria (microbiota) and cognitive function in mental illness (psychosis, depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders)
  • Preventing obesity and diabetes side-effects of antipsychotic treatment and improving cognitive function using a protein originally discovered in the saliva of the world's only venomous lizard, the Glia monster
Dr Green is passionate about bridging the gap between medical science and industry (eg horticulture and pharmaceutical) to develop the best medicines that translate to improved health outcomes.

Top Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Dr Green's research aims to discover new pharmacological treatments for illnesses of the brain where existing medications are lacking in efficacy. Examples of topics for potential Higher Degree Research students include (not limited to):
    • Examining effects of phytochemicals derived from natural sources (eg cannabis / hemp, fruits / berries) on the brain and behaviour (and the underlying mechanisms of benefits/harms)
    • Investigating the role of gut microbiota on brain function / illness (and underlying mechanisms)
    • Understanding the pathogenesis of cognitive dysfunction during brain illness
    Preclinical (cell and rodent models) and clinical research programs available.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Improving the treatment of Schizophrenia by addressing cognitive impairment and the metabolic side-effects of antipsychotic drugs
    Doctor of Philosophy To CBD or Not to CBD? Understanding the Therapeutic Potential of Cannabidiol, a Component of Cannabis, for Schizophrenia Osborne, Ashleigh
    Doctor of Philosophy The Effects of Maternal Fluoxetine Treatment on Offspring Brain Development and Behaviour Millard, Samuel
    Doctor of Philosophy Probiotics and Gut Health Rosario, Vinicius
    Doctor of Philosophy Efficacy Investigation of Terpenes and Cannabidiol in a Rodent Model of Depression Clunas, Helen

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Dr Green's research aims to discover new pharmacological treatments for illnesses of the brain where existing medications are lacking in efficacy. Examples of topics for potential Higher Degree Research students include (not limited to):
    • Examining effects of phytochemicals derived from natural sources (eg cannabis / hemp, fruits / berries) on the brain and behaviour (and the underlying mechanisms of benefits/harms)
    • Investigating the role of gut microbiota on brain function / illness (and underlying mechanisms)
    • Understanding the pathogenesis of cognitive dysfunction during brain illness
    Preclinical (cell and rodent models) and clinical research programs available.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Improving the treatment of Schizophrenia by addressing cognitive impairment and the metabolic side-effects of antipsychotic drugs
    Doctor of Philosophy To CBD or Not to CBD? Understanding the Therapeutic Potential of Cannabidiol, a Component of Cannabis, for Schizophrenia Osborne, Ashleigh
    Doctor of Philosophy The Effects of Maternal Fluoxetine Treatment on Offspring Brain Development and Behaviour Millard, Samuel
    Doctor of Philosophy Probiotics and Gut Health Rosario, Vinicius
    Doctor of Philosophy Efficacy Investigation of Terpenes and Cannabidiol in a Rodent Model of Depression Clunas, Helen
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