Clinical Research Fellow, University of Sydney

Sicong is a cognitive neuroscientist who completed his PhD in Sydney. Upon completion, he was awarded the prestigious NHMRC CJ Martin research fellowship, which provided the opportunity to relocated to the UK where he worked with global leaders in neuroimaging at the University of Oxford. He has now returned to Sydney and specialises in the application of cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques in clinical research at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney.

Sicong's research focuses on the development of novel biomarkers to detect neurodegenerative conditions in their earliest symptomatic and pre-symptomatic stage, and prognostic models of disease progression to predict disease trajectories and deliver personalised treatment to patients. His research has identified novel diagnostic features across the clinical spectrum of dementia and motor neuron disease and guided the current direction of international preventative research in young onset dementia.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Clinical Research Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2017–2018
    Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Education

  • 2016 
    University of New South Wales, Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)
  • 2012 
    University of New South Wales, Masters of Science
  • 2010 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Publications

  • 2019
    Cerebellar Tract Alterations in ALS and PLS, ALS & FTD
  • 2018
    Regional thalamic MRI as a marker of widespread cortical pathology and progressive frontotemporal involvement in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
  • 2017
    Egocentric versus allocentric spatial memory in behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer's disease, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
  • 2015
    Divergent longitudinal propagation of white matter degradation in logopenic and semantic variants of primary progressive aphasia, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
  • 2015
    Lost in spatial translation - A novel tool to objectively assess spatial disorientation in Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia, Cortex
  • 2014
    Accelerated forgetting of contextual details due to focal medio-dorsal thalamic lesion, Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience
  • 2014
    Medial temporal lobe contributions to intra-item associative recognition memory in the aging brain, Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience
  • 2014
    Memory and orientation in the logopenic and nonfluent subtypes of primary progressive aphasia, Journal of Alzheimers Disease
  • 2013
    Dissociation of explicit and implicit long-term memory consolidation in semantic dementia: a case study, Neurocase

Professional Memberships

  • Organisation for Human Brain Mapping
  • Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • Society for Neuroscience

Honours

NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship (2017); ARC CCD Publication Award (2016); INS Publication Award (2015); NeuRA Publication Award (2015)