A/Prof Renee Turner

A/Prof Renee Turner
 Position Deputy Head Discipline of Anatomy & Pathology
 Org Unit Medical Sciences
 Email renee.turner@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 3114
 Location Floor/Room N211 ,  Helen Mayo North ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    A/Prof. Turner is the NRF Director of Neurosurgical Research and currently heads the Translational Neuropathology Laboratory within
    the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide. Her research is focused on improving the translation of novel treatments
    from laboratory studies into the clinic, through the use of appropriate pre-clinical models. Her research is targeted at elcudating
    the mechanisms of blood-brain barrier breakdown, development of cerebral oedema and neuronal injury following acute injuries
    to the brain such as stroke, concussion and traumatic brain injury to reduce disability and improve outcomes. More recently, her research interests have expanded to include long-term outcomes following stroke, such as neurodegeneration, as well as examining the systemic and gastrointestinal response to CNS injury and disease.



  • Qualifications

    2007 Doctor of Philosophy
    2002 Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours)
    2001 Bachelor of Science
  • Awards & Achievements

    2015 South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award (Australian Institute of Policy and Science)
    2014 Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Leading Light Award - Runner up
    2008 NHMRC CJ Martin Overseas Biomedical Post-Doctoral Fellowship
    2006 Fresh Science, Finalist - Australia's Best Young Scientists
    2004 NHMRC Dora Lush Post-Graduate Fellowship


  • Teaching Interests

    A/Prof Turner teaches into the Health Science, Nursing and Medicine programs on the normal structure and function of the nervous and cardiovascular systems as well as pathology of the nervous and cardiovasular systems.
    She is also the Neurosciences majors convenor within the Health and Medical Sciences program.

    A/Prof Turner is course coordinator for the following courses:
    • Essentials of Neuroscience (HLTH SC 1001)
    • Neurological Diseases (PATHOL 3200)
  • Research Interests

    Current projects are focused on:


    • Developing clincally relevant pre-clinical models of stroke and traumatic brain injury 
    • Neurocritical care monitoring following stroke and traumatic brain injury 
    • Determining the temporal profile of biomarkers of recovery and repair following stroke 
    • Characterising the nature and extent of gastrointestinal injury following stroke and traumatic brain injury 
    • Neuroinflammation and post-stroke neurodegeneration
  • Research Funding

    Since establishing her laboratory in 2010, A/Prof Renée Turner has received competitive research funding of more than $3 million. Notably, she has been awarded 3 NHMRC grants (as CIA or co-chief investigator), in addition to funding from the National Stroke Foundation, Brain Foundation and Neurosurgical Research Foundation.

  • Publications

    For a full list of A/Prof Turner's publications, please access her Google Scholar page:

    Google Scholar Link: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=cAx5aTMAAAAJ&hl=en






  • Community Engagement

    A/Prof Turner is actively involved in Science communication and community engagement through her involvement in events such as Kids Navigate Neuroscience (National Sciecne Week), Neuroscience at Night (National Science Week), Brain Food (National Science Week), Adelaide Compass Program, Children's University and Univeristy of Adelaide Open Day. A/Prof Turner has a long-standing affiliation with the Neurosurgical Resarch Foundation which raises funds for research into neurological conditions in South Australian laboratories.

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Entry last updated: Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019

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