The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON ranked in the world's top 100 for Anatomy

The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia’s Anatomy discipline has debuted in the world’s top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

A comprehensive understanding of human anatomy is not only key to the global practice of health and medicine, but is also fundamental across a range of multidisciplinary fields including biomedical science, medical radiation science, physical education and occupational health and safety.

In addition to being taught by exceptional academics who are leaders in their field, our students have access to world-class facilities to ensure they gain vital hands-on experience in a variety of complex clinical processes and medical research methods involving the use of cadavers and biological tissue preservation techniques.

Professor Alan Brichta, Head of Discipline, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

The Anatomy specialty area is spearheaded by Head of Discipline and Co-Director of the Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health, Professor Alan Brichta, whose most recent NHMRC-funded research primarily focuses on the peripheral balance organs in the inner ear, also known as the vestibular system. The vestibular system operates by detecting head motion and position and aids in the control of several essential functions including navigation, maintaining an upright standing posture, and visual gaze.

Professor Brichta is currently leading a team of researchers to investigate how these organs work and how they communicate with the brain, a research area that is relatively unexplored both nationally and internationally.

Strengthened by his ongoing collaborations with a number of vestibular experts in both Australia and the USA, Professor Brichta hopes that his team’s studies will inform and drive the design of therapies to improve and restore balance in people affected by disease, injury, or ageing.

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