Dr. Duncan obtained her PhD in developmental neuroscience from the University of Melbourne (2002) being awarded an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship during which she trained at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, MA, USA with Professor Hannah Kinney. During this time, Dr. Duncan and colleagues reported there was a deficiency of serotonin and other serotonin markers in the lower brainstem of SIDS infants, supporting the neurotransmitter brainstem hypothesis under investigation in the laboratory. In 2010 she was awarded a Future Fellowship from the ARC to investigate the effects of adolescent inhalant abuse on the maturing brain at the Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Australia. She currently has 25 publications, including a recent chapter in the book Addiction Neuroethics and is also the Australian Scientific Coordinator for both SIDS (River’s Gift) and Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) (Cooper Trewin fund) collaborative projects between Australia and Professor Kinney’s laboratory in Boston.

Experience

  • 2011–present
    ARC Future Fellow, Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Uni Melb.
  • 2009–2010
    CJ Martin Fellow, Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Uni Melb.
  • 2007–2008
    First Candle/SIDS Alliance Fellow, Dept. Pathology, Children's hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School
  • 2005–2007
    CJ Martin Fellow, Dept. Pathology, Children's hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School
  • 2002–2005
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept Anatomy and Cell Biology, Uni Melb.

Education

  • 2002 
    Dept Anatomy and Cell Biology, Uni Melb., PhD Developmental Neuroscience
  • 1997 
    Dept Anatomy and Cell Biology, Uni Melb., Bachelor of Science with Honours

Research Areas

  • Neurosciences (1109)