Dr Blackmore’s current research is directed toward investigating how the activity of endogenous mammalian neural stem cells is regulated, so as to harness their regenerative capacity and ultimately prevent or restore cognitive function lost due to aging or disease. Primarily Dr Blackmore’s work within the lab focuses on the identification, measurement, and manipulation of neural stem cells within the adult murine brain.
Dr Blackmore’s research has important implications for a number of real-world endeavours, as a better understanding of how endogenous neural stem cells are regulated, especially during the course of normal aging or within disease states, will result in novel approaches to alleviate the progression of neurodegenerative diseases including aging dementia.
The wide interest in Dr Blackmore’s current work on the aged brain is highlighted with extensive media coverage including a feature piece on the ABCs “Catalyst” programme, national television news reports as well as several articles in print and radio media.
Before moving to QBI Dr Blackmore conducted his undergraduate studies at the University of Newcastle. In 2006 Dr Blackmore received his PhD in reproductive cell biology from Newcastle University. Dr Blackmore is currently a post-doctoral research fellow in the Bartlett Laboratory at QBI where he continues to investigate the activation of neural stem cells within the adult brain.