Hello, and welcome to Developmental Neuroscience! This site is for anyone curious about how the nervous system of living things is put together, how it operates and what happens when it is faulty from problems with its assembly, from damage or from just the natural passing of time.
This site is run by Julian Heng. He is a dad, husband and neuroscience citizen. Most recently, he worked as a research academic at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He is currently on sabbatical.
Why am I at this site?
You may be here because of your interest in the activities of the ANS Developmental Neuroscience Forum (ADNF), a forum for developmental neuroscience researchers and fellow citizens to show and tell their work. If you have not heard of this initiative, we encourage you to register and participate in the conversation! This activity is an initiative of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), a peak body of Neuroscience in Australia and New Zealand since 1980.
What kind of neuroscience research does Julian Heng carry out?
Julian runs The Heng Lab! We study brain growth and disease. The work carried out in my laboratory focuses on defining the genetic basis for mammalian brain development and homeostasis and has two main goals. The first goal is to apply this knowledge to develop improved methods to detect unique genetic features of functional consequence within our genomes that influence neural cell morphogenesis and brain assembly. The second goal is to utilise our findings to develop potential treatments that limit premature cell loss in the brain arising from injury or age-related neurodegeneration.