Dr Tracey Quinn obtained her PhD from Monash University in 2014. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at The Ritchie Centre; the research arm of the Monash University Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash Newborn and Paediatrics at Monash Medical Centre, where she currently leads unique projects investigating developmental neuroendocrinology, specifically, feto-brain–placental–adrenal interactions; the role of corticotrophin releasing hormone in parturition; the effects of prenatal stress on key aspects of steroidogenic function, brain development and behaviour; and the role of microglia in indoleamine-induced neurotoxicity in the brain. Tracey’s PhD studies provided seminal discoveries in these areas using a precocial rodent species, displacing the dogma that feto-brain-placental-adrenal interactions are limited to primates and humans. Tracey’s primary interests lie in the study of the developmental origins of neurological and behavioural pathologies, sex-steroid induced plasticity of the nervous system, and the mechanisms by which these may contribute to the pathophysiology of Schizophrenia. Her recent studies in various models of stress during pregnancy have been published in the Journal of Endocrinology, Endocrinology, and Brain, Immunity and Behaviour. Tracey’s vision is to advance the causative and diagnostic understanding of psychiatric disorders and to improve their therapeutic and clinical management.
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