• The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 5364 Citations
  • 37 h-Index
1992 …2019
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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

CURRENT POSITION & TITLE
Professor, Head of School of Biological Sciences, The University of Western Australia
Accorded Status, Royal Perth Hospital

QUALIFICATIONS
PhD 1978 (London)
BSc (Hons) 1974 (London)

APPOINTMENTS - SINCE 2010
1998 - 2010 Senior Research Fellow, NH&MRC, Animal Biology, UWA
2011 - 2013 Principal Research Fellow, NH&MRC, Animal Biology, UWA
2005 - 2013 Professorial Fellow (Research), UWA
2013 - 2016 Head, School of Animal Biology, UWA
2016 - 2019 Head, School of Biological Sciences, UWA

Previous positions

APPOINTMENTS - SINCE 2010
1998 - 2010 Senior Research Fellow, NH&MRC, Animal Biology, UWA
2011 - 2013 Principal Research Fellow, NH&MRC, Animal Biology, UWA
2005 - 2013 Professorial Fellow (Research), UWA
2013 - 2016 Head, School of Animal Biology, UWA
2016 - 2019 Head, School of Biological Sciences, UWA

Research

Professor Sarah Dunlop leads an integrated program of laboratory and clinical research at The University of Western Australia & Royal Perth Hospital to promote functional recovery after traumatic injury to the nervous system. Laboratory studies use rodent models and focus on understanding and preventing the spread of secondary degeneration to intact tissue.

Clinical studies comprise three multi-centre randomized controlled trials “Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Activity (SCIPA)” involving all 8 spinal units in Australia and New Zealand to examine novel ways to exercise the paralysed limbs to promote neurological recovery and improve health. The trials span acute care to the community, reflecting the lifetime need of these patients. SCIPA.Com has also developed a program to train the trainers, break down barriers to exercise and increase participation once patients are living in the community. “ICED” Immediate Cooling and Early Decompression) is another multi-centre clinical initiative focusing on acute spinal cord injury involving immediate hypothermia in the ambulance to buy time and limit secondary damage before emergency surgical decompression. Another more recent multi-centre initiative involves examining bladder care and urinary tract infections, a major secondary complication following spinal cord injury, to promote best practice for bladder health.

Keywords

  • Development and regeneration of the vertebrate visual system
  • Neuroscience
  • Neural plasticity
  • Central nervous system
  • Peripheral nervous system
  • Neurotrauma
  • Reducing damage following injury to the central nervous system
  • Spinal cord injury, physical activity and functional recovery
  • Randomised controlled trials for spinal cord injury
  • Peripheral nerve injury, training and functional recovery
  • Community programs for people with spinal cord injury

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Research Output 1992 2019

Differential responses to increasing numbers of mild traumatic brain injury in a rodent closed-head injury model

Fehily, B., Bartlett, C. A., Lydiard, S., Archer, M., Milbourn, H., Majimbi, M., Hemmi, J. M., Dunlop, S. A., Yates, N. J. & Fitzgerald, M., 31 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Neurochemistry.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Brain Concussion
Closed Head Injuries
Rodentia
Brain
Corpus Callosum
4 Citations (Scopus)

Inflammation and blood-brain barrier breach remote from the primary injury following neurotrauma

Smith, N., Giacci, M., Gough, A., Bailey, C., McGonigle, T., Black, A., Clarke, T., Bartlett, C., Swaminatha Iyer, K., Dunlop, S. & Fitzgerald, M., 2018, In : Journal of Neuroinflammation. 15, p. 201

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Blood-Brain Barrier
Inflammation
Wounds and Injuries
Optic Nerve Injuries
Cytokines

Optimal Bladder Management Following Spinal Cord Injury: Evidence, Practice and a Cooperative Approach Driving Future Directions in Australia

May Goodwin, D., Brock, J., Dunlop, S., Goodes, L., Middleton, J., Nunn, A., Wright, B. & Bragge, P., 1 Oct 2018, In : Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 99, 10, p. 2118-2121 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Spinal Cord Injuries
Urinary Bladder
Catheterization
Practice Guidelines
Translational Medical Research
2 Citations (Scopus)

The effect of myelotomy following low thoracic spinal cord compression injury in rats

Meyer, C., Bendella, H., Rink, S., Gensch, R., Seitz, R., Stein, G., Manthou, M., Papamitsou, T., Nakamura, M., Bouillon, B., Galea, M., Batchelor, P., Dunlop, S. & Angelov, D., 1 Aug 2018, In : Experimental Neurology. 306, p. 10-21 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Spinal Cord Compression
Spinal Cord Injuries
Thorax
Synaptophysin
Neuronal Plasticity
2 Citations (Scopus)

Three dimensional electron microscopy reveals changing axonal and myelin morphology along normal and partially injured optic nerves

Giacci, M. K., Bartlett, C. A., Huynh, M., Kilburn, M. R., Dunlop, S. A. & Fitzgerald, M., 1 Dec 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 3979.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Optic Nerve
Myelin Sheath
Axons
Electron Microscopy
Optic Nerve Injuries

Projects 1995 2018

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