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Assoc Prof Jenny Ekberg

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Jenny Ekberg

Associate Professor
Menzies Health Institute - Understanding Chronic Conditions
+61 (0)431 072 008 (Work)
+61 (0)7 5678 0911 (Work)
G40 9.59, Gold Coast Campus

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BIO

I am an Associate Professor of Neurophysiology and a research leader at the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research (CJCNSCR), with ~20 years' experience in neuroscience research. Our work spans from cellular and molecular biology (discovery research) to creation of new products and therapies for humans (translational research. We develop therapies for nervous system injuries, such as spinal cord injury and severe peripheral nerve injuries. We have recently created a new cellular nerve bridge technology suitable for repairing a range of damaged nerves. This nerve bridge is unusual in that it contains only cells and no artificial material, is cheap and can be made in hours - directly suitable for transplantation. Do microbes (bacteria and viruses) contribute to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease? This is also what we are working towards understanding. We have shown that certain bacteria can rapidly (24 h) enter the central nervous system via nerves extending between the nasal cavity and the brain. Some of these bacteria are linked to Alzheimer's disease. We are now determining how genetic factors, microbes and neuroinflammation together can lead to neurodegeneration. We are also looking for new drugs and compounds that can stimulate immune cells in the nervous system to stop microbes from getting into the brain, or to clear microbes already there. Our research is driven by the unmet needs of the end-users - people living with nervous system injuries and diseases, health professionals and the market/industry. CJCNSCR comprises ~30 researchers with vastly diverse backgrounds and experiences. This creates a very inspiring and exciting research environment. We also believe that it is necessary to work across disciplines to tackle major health problems, so we have several collaborators in other fields, both at Griffith and at other universities.

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY APPOINTMENTS

  • Member
    Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery2014
  • Member
    Disability & Rehabilitation2018

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Associate Professor, Neurophysiology
    Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast, Australia1 May 2016 - 1 May 2017
  • Senior Lecturer
    Queensland University of Technology, School of Biomedical Sciences / Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, Brisbane, Australia1 Feb 2012 - 1 Apr 2016
  • Research Fellow
    Griffith University, Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (formerly Eskitis Institute), Nathan, Australia6 Jan 2008 - 30 Dec 2012
  • Research Fellow
    University of Queensland, School of Biomedical Science, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia1 Aug 2005 - 31 Dec 2007
  • Research Assistant
    University of Gothenburg, Department of Pharmacology, Gothenburg, Sweden1 Sep 2001 - 15 Dec 2001

DEGREES

  • PhD
    The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia1 Feb 2002 - 25 Nov 2005
  • Master of Science (equivalent to Australian Bachelor's degree + Honours)
    Linnaeus University (formerly Kalmar University College), Kalmar, Sweden1 Aug 1997 - 1 Sep 2002

LANGUAGES

  • English
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Swedish
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review

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