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Dr Ann-Maree Vallence

Telephone +61 8 8313 1305
Position University Postdoctoral Fellow
Building WCH -
Floor/Room G
Campus Women's & Childrens Hospital
Org Unit School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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2008 – 2012               PhD

The University of Western Australia

Supervised by Prof Geoff Hammond and Dr Karen Reilly

Title: “Reorganisation of human primary motor cortex during ischemic nerve block: studies using transcranial magnetic stimulation”


2001 – 2005                Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours)

The University of Western Australia

Awards & Achievements

Awards, Prizes

2014                European Brain and Behaviour Society Young Investigator Award (500 EUR)

2013                Robinson Institute National Travel Award, University of Adelaide ($900 AUD)

2012                Robinson Institute International Travel Award, University of Adelaide ($1300 AUD)

2012                University of Western Australia PhD Completion Scholarship ($10,400 AUD)

2010                Ken and Julie Michael Convocation Postgraduate Travel Award ($2500 AUD)

2010                Australian Federation of University Women Mary Walters Travel Scholarship ($3000 AUD)

2010                Oral Presentation Special Commendation, University of Western Australia School of Psychology Conference ($100 AUD)

2010                Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute Prize, Symposium for Western Australia Neuroscience ($200 AUD)

2008 – 2011    Australian Postgraduate Award.

2005                First class Honours in Psychology (University of Western Australia)

Research Funding

Competitive Research Grants

2014                Vallence A. Reconnecting the ageing motor system. Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ($23,500).

2013                Vallence A, Pitcher JB, Ridding MC, Hodyl N. Neural and hormonal factors influencing consolidation of learning in children born preterm. Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation Research Project Grant ($53,462).




1.      Vallence, A.M., Schneider, L.A., Pitcher, J.B., & Ridding, M.C. (2014). Long-interval facilitation and inhibition are differentially affected by conditioning stimulus intensity over different time courses. Neuroscience Letters.


2.      Clow, A., Law, R., Evans, P., Vallence, A.M., Hodyl, N., Goldsworthy, N., Rothwell JC. & Ridding, MC. (2014). Day differences in the cortisol awakening response (CAR) correlate with day differences in synaptic plasticity in the brain. Stress.


3.      Vallence, A.M. and Ridding MC. (2014). Non-invasive induction of plasticity in the human cortex: Uses and limitations. Cortex.


4.      Vallence, A.M., Goldsworthy, M.R. (2014). Can non-invasive brain stimulation enhance function in the ageing brain? Journal of Neurophysiology, 111: 1-3.


5.      Singer, B., Vallence, A.M., Cleary, S., Cooper, I., Loftus, A. (2013). The effect of an EMG triggered electrical stimulation program ± bilateral training on arm function and inter-hemispheric inhibition after stroke: a randomized, controlled pilot study. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 31: 681-691.


6.      Vallence, A.M., Kurylowicz L., & Ridding, M.C. (2013). A comparison of neuroplastic responses to non-invasive brain stimulation protocols and motor learning in healthy adults. Neuroscience Letters, 549: 151-156.


7.      Goldsworthy M., Vallence, A.M. (2013). The role of ß-amyloid in Alzheimer’s disease-related neurodegeneration. Journal of Neuroscience 33(32): 12910-12911.


8.      Vallence, A.M., Smith, A., Tabor A., Rolan, P., Ridding, M.C. (2013). Chronic tension-type headache is associated with impaired motor learning. Cephalalgia,33(12): 1048-1054.


9.      Vallence, A.M., Hammond G., & Reilly, K. (2012). Increased corticospinal excitability of flexor but not extensor muscles induced by ischemic nerve block. Journal of Neurophysiology. 107: 3417-27.


10.  Vallence, A.M., Reilly K., & Hammond G. (2012). Excitability of intracortical inhibitory and facilitatory circuits following induction of ischemic nerve block. Restorative Neurology & Neuroscience, 30: 345-354.


11.  Hammond, G., & Vallence, A.M. (2007). Modulation of long-interval intracortical inhibition and the silent period by voluntary contraction. Brain Research, 1158: 63-70.


12.  Hammond, G.R., & Vallence, A.M. (2006). Asymmetrical facilitation of motor-evoked potentials following motor practice. Neuroreport, 17: 805-807.

Community Engagement

Media Interest

2014    University of Adelaide Press Release: Chronic Pain Research delves into the brain.

                        Channel 7 Adelaide

ABC Radio

The Advertiser, Adelaide

International online media: Science Daily; Health Medicine Network; Medical News Today; SBS Australia; Science World Report; Psychology Today Guru

2014    Robinson Institute Science Stories: Is chronic pain a symptom of the brain?

2011    Uniview (University of Western Australia Graduate Magazine): ‘Making brain-waves overseas’. Vol. 30 No. 2, Winter 2011 (page 38).


Professional Experience

2012-2013       Member of the Organizing Committee for the Robinson Institute Research Symposium.

2012-2013       Member of the Organizing Committee of the Neuromotor Plasticity and Development Group (NeuroPAD); journal club facilitator.

2012-2013       Supervisor, Faculty of Medicine Work Experience Program for Secondary School students.

2012                National Science Week Science Alive demonstrator, August 2012.


Community Engagement

2014                Guest speaker at Adelaide Bowls Club: ‘Reconnecting the ageing brain: an introduction to research being conducted at the Neuromotor Plasticity and Development Lab, The University of Adelaide.’ March 2014

2012                National Science Week Science Alive demonstrator, August 2012.

2011                Invited Speaker, Office of Convocation Awards Ceremony, University of Western Australia, November 2011.

2011                Invited Speaker, Graduate Women (WA) Awards Ceremony, October 2011.

Entry last updated: Sunday, 13 Jul 2014

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