Dr Nathalie Dehorter is a Research Group Leader at the John Curtin School of Medical Research.
She leads the Dehorter group, which investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying the development and adaptation of neurons in the brain, with a particular focus on schizophrenia, autism and Parkinson’s disease.
The research focuses on interneurons, which represent an emerging target for the treatment of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases. Interneurons influence how experience shapes brain activity from birth to adulthood by regulating neuronal plasticity through genetic programs. The hope is that by unravelling the functional signs of early neuronal changes in animal models, it will be possible to identify new therapeutic strategies.
Dr Dehorter’s media experience includes appearances on ABC Radio Canberra, 60 Minutes and in The Canberra Times.