What drives the Anterior Expansion of the Central Nervous System? (2023–2026)
A striking and highly conserved feature of the central nervous system is that the brain is larger than the spinal
cord. Despite the manifest implications this has for nervous system function, the underlying drivers are largely
unknown. This project aims to investigate the mechanisms controlling anterior expansion of the central nervous
system, and will generate new knowledge in the areas of nervous system development and evolution. This project
aims to impact on our understanding of nervous system function, develop bioinformatics tools with broad utility
within the biosciences field, strengthen Australia¿s international standing in the developmental neuroscience, and
enhance the capacity for interdisciplinary international collaborations.