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Newell, Kelly A. A/Prof

Associate Professor

  • 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

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Molecular psychiatry and neuro-psychopharmacology

    1. I use post-mortem human brain samples to investigate molecular changes that occur in psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and depression. I have a particular interest in the glutamatergic neurotransmission system in psychiatric disorders.

    2. I use animal models to investigate molecular changes that occur in the brain throughout normal brain development and how these neurodevelopmental molecular profiles change in animal models of  depression. I have a particular interest in the neurobiology of depression in special populations including pregnancy/postnatal and ageing and understanding the molecular mechanisms of treatments in these populations (including the impact of fetal exposure).

    3. I investigate the effects of current and novel antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs on brain molecules with a particular interest in how exposure to these drugs during the neonatal and adolescent periods, affects continued development of the brain and risk of developing subsequent psychiatric disorders.

    Brief Biography

    • Jan 2018 - : Associate Professor, School of Medicine, UoW
    • Jan 2012 - Dec 2017: Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, UoW.
    • Dec 2007 – Dec 2011: Lecturer in Neuroscience, School of Health Sciences, UoW
    • 2007: PhD in Neuroscience (supervised by Prof Xu-Feng Huang and Dr Katerina Zavitsanou), School of Health Sciences, UoW.
    • 2006-2007: Short-term teaching contracts, School of Health Sciences, UoW.
    • 2002: Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) Honours, School of Health Sciences, UoW. 

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Characterisation of Alterations in Lipid Pathways in Huntington's Disease. A High-throughput Lipidomic Assessment of Disease Pathways .
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Glutamatergic and Neurotrophic Signalling in the Pathology and Treatment of Psychiatric Illness. Jarbou, Noor
    Doctor of Philosophy Efficacy Investigation of Terpenes and Cannabidiol in a Rodent Model of Depression Clunas, Helen
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Optimising Exercise Prescription in Pregnancy for Type 1 Diabetes Russell, Brooke
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigation of the kynurenine pathway in major depression Brown, Samara

Keywords


  • Animal model
  • Antidepressant
  • Brain development
  • Depression
  • Glutamate neurotransmission
  • Maternal mental health
  • Mental health
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Perinatal
  • Postmortem human brain
  • Pregnancy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Schizophrenia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Molecular psychiatry and neuro-psychopharmacology

    1. I use post-mortem human brain samples to investigate molecular changes that occur in psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and depression. I have a particular interest in the glutamatergic neurotransmission system in psychiatric disorders.

    2. I use animal models to investigate molecular changes that occur in the brain throughout normal brain development and how these neurodevelopmental molecular profiles change in animal models of  depression. I have a particular interest in the neurobiology of depression in special populations including pregnancy/postnatal and ageing and understanding the molecular mechanisms of treatments in these populations (including the impact of fetal exposure).

    3. I investigate the effects of current and novel antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs on brain molecules with a particular interest in how exposure to these drugs during the neonatal and adolescent periods, affects continued development of the brain and risk of developing subsequent psychiatric disorders.

    Brief Biography

    • Jan 2018 - : Associate Professor, School of Medicine, UoW
    • Jan 2012 - Dec 2017: Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, UoW.
    • Dec 2007 – Dec 2011: Lecturer in Neuroscience, School of Health Sciences, UoW
    • 2007: PhD in Neuroscience (supervised by Prof Xu-Feng Huang and Dr Katerina Zavitsanou), School of Health Sciences, UoW.
    • 2006-2007: Short-term teaching contracts, School of Health Sciences, UoW.
    • 2002: Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) Honours, School of Health Sciences, UoW. 

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Characterisation of Alterations in Lipid Pathways in Huntington's Disease. A High-throughput Lipidomic Assessment of Disease Pathways .
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Glutamatergic and Neurotrophic Signalling in the Pathology and Treatment of Psychiatric Illness. Jarbou, Noor
    Doctor of Philosophy Efficacy Investigation of Terpenes and Cannabidiol in a Rodent Model of Depression Clunas, Helen
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Optimising Exercise Prescription in Pregnancy for Type 1 Diabetes Russell, Brooke
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigation of the kynurenine pathway in major depression Brown, Samara

Keywords


  • Animal model
  • Antidepressant
  • Brain development
  • Depression
  • Glutamate neurotransmission
  • Maternal mental health
  • Mental health
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Perinatal
  • Postmortem human brain
  • Pregnancy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Schizophrenia
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