I am a postdoctoral researcher working on sleep-wake cycles and circadian rhythms in the context of emerging mood disorders in adolescence at the Brain and Mind Centre, at the University of Sydney. Before joining BMC, I was working at Neuroscience Research Australia and have just been awarded a PhD in Neuroscience and Psychiatry from the University of New South Wales, in March 2023. During my doctorate, I investigated the associations between behavioural risks for psychosis and environmental risk factors (such as childhood trauma and socioeconomic disadvantage), genetic vulnerability for psychotic disorders, and brain functional correlates in a cohort of adults including individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Prior to this, I completed master’s degree in Neuroscience at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland, where I worked on a project focusing on the development of brain structures in relation to adolescence mental health.
In her debut blog, Emiliana Tonini summarises a recent study exploring the healthcare pathways of children and adolescents seeking support for depression, from referral through to discharge.[read the full story...]