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The Active Brain is a Research Group at the University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia. Their research investigates the interrelationship between human movement and the brain, seeking to optimise health and performance.

Twitter: @ActiveBrainUC

Facebook: fb.me/ActiveBrainUC

LinkedIn: LinkedIn group

Medium ActiveBrainUC on Medium

Our 2020 Conference ActiveBrain2020 in Canberra was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID.

Members[edit | edit source]

  • Professor Gordon Waddington
  • Dr Ben Rattray
  • Dr Julien Pèriard
  • Dr Richard Keegan
  • Dr Kristy Martin
  • Dr Andrew Flood
  • Dr Joe Northey

Past group members

Students[edit | edit source]

Current

  • Clare Quinlan, PhD
  • Keely McDicken, PhD
  • Vicki McCarthy, PhD
  • Aidan Lewis, PhD
  • Amanda Scott, MRes
  • Lori McWhirter, Honours
  • Jeremy Sadler, Honours
  • Alanah Pike, Honours
  • Nicolas Lawlis, Honours

Graduated students

  • Andrew Flood, PhD
  • Kristy Martin, PhD
  • Joe Northey, PhD
  • Clare Quinlan, PhD
  • Ashley Ikin, Honours
  • Alex Hewitt, Honours
  • Brittany Smale, Honours
  • Lauren Egle–Marshall, Honours
  • Yleia Mariano, Honours

Visiting scholars[edit | edit source]

  • Romain Meeusen (Professor, VUB - 2017, 2019)
  • Alan St Clair Gibson (Professor - 2015)

Students

  • Arthur Peryard (Masters candidate, France - 2013)
  • Lincoln Karthchner (UG Neuroscience student, USA - 2016)
  • Luca Filipas (PhD candidate, Italy - 2018)

Partnerships[edit | edit source]

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Defence Science and Technology Group
  • The Australian Army
  • Dementia Collaborative Research Centre
  • ACT Fire and Rescue
  • Brumbies Rugby

Institutional collaborators[edit | edit source]

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • New South Wales Insitute of Sport
  • The Australian National University
  • Central Queensland University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Indiana University, USA
  • Laval University, Canada
  • University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres, Canada
  • The University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • University of Kent, UK
  • Northumbria University, UK
  • University of Lincoln, UK
  • University of Exeter, UK
  • Team Danmark, Denmark
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium
  • Saarland University, Germany

Equipment[edit | edit source]

The Active Brain group have access to a range of facilities and equipment at UC including:

Brain & related imaging/tracking
  • EEG (hardware - 64-channel AntNeuro EEGO Sport system)
  • EEG (software - Brain Vision analyser 2)
  • Transcranial doppler ultrasound (DWL - dual probe; connected through PowerLab)
  • Pupillometry (Pupil Labs)
  • fNIRS (Artinis)
Brain related tools
  • Software packages (including e-Prime, Labview, MatLab)
  • Psychological tools
  • Driving simulator (Hyperdrive - compact)
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulator (Neurosoft NEURO-MS/D Advanced therapeutic w integrated EMG)
Physiological monitoring
  • Blood pressure (Finapress Finometer MIDI)
  • Skin conductance
  • Accelerometry (Actigraphs)
  • Ventilatory gas anlaysis
  • ECG
  • Heart rate/HRV
  • Routine blood analysis
  • Advanced blood analysis
Exercise Science equipment
  • Environmental chamber (hypoxia and temperature/humidity)
  • SRM cycle ergometer (SRM & Lode)
  • Recumbent cycle ergometer (Lode)
  • various treadmill ergometers

Grant income[edit | edit source]

2022[edit | edit source]

  • Keegan, R.J., Summers, SJ., Flood, A., Martin, K., Rattray, B., & Crone, D. (2022). Implementation and Ecological Validation of the Acute Readiness Monitoring Scale (ARMS). Department of Defence through DST Group and the Australian Army $369,349.

2021[edit | edit source]

  • Rattray B, Martin K, Keegan R, Northey J, Flood A, Lampit A & Periard J. (2021). Combined cognitive and physical training for enhanced human performance. Department of Defence through Defence Science and Technology Group. $247,166

2020[edit | edit source]

  • Keegan R, Rattray B, McKune A, Martin K, Pyne D, Petersen K, Appaneal R. Extension to: An integrated approach to monitoring occupational demands and improving resilience and performance readiness in military personnel. Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet) - DST Group and the Australian Army. Extra $101,202

2017[edit | edit source]

  • Telford D, Clark B, Keegan R, Keegan S, Lowrie T, Telford R, Welvaert M, Wicks L. Revitalizing PE and Sport: The Victorian Regional Rural Physical Literacy Trial: Phase 2 Victoria 2017. Various funders. $150,000

2016[edit | edit source]

($1.256m)

  • Thompson K, Keegan R, Rattray B, McKune A, Martin K, Pyne D, Petersen K, Appaneal R. An integrated approach to monitoring occupational demands and improving resilience and performance readiness in military personnel. Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet) - DST Group and the Australian Army. $450,000
  • Thompson KG, Pyne DP, Shephard M, Osbourne M. Achieving marginal gains: Perfecting the pacing strategies of Australian swimmers. Queensland Academy of Sport, Australian Institute of Sport, Swimming Australia. $77,400
  • Thompson KG, Pyne DP, Shephard M, Osbourne M. Maximising pacing strategies of Australian swimmers. The Australian Sports Commission and Swimming Australia and Queensland Academy of Sport. $24,281
  • Hassmen P, Thompson KG, Keegan R, Appaneal R. Resilience and mindfulness in elite sport. AIS PhD scholarship funding $78,864
  • Keegan R, Barnett L, Dudley D, Farrow D, Lubans D, Morgan P, Okely T, Salmon J, Telford D, Vella S. Research services for the Physical Literacy Project. $198,263

2015[edit | edit source]

  • Rattray B, Smee D, Northey J and Versey N. Effects of compression garments for cognitive performance during exercise. Australian Institute of Sport/Australian Sports Commission. $11,636.02

2013[edit | edit source]

  • Rattray B,Pumpa K, Smee D, Anstey K, Cherbuin N, and Bielak A. Improving exercise prescription for cognitive wellbeing and healthy ageing. Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Early Diagnosis and Prevention - seed grants. $29,925.17

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