Dr Siobhan Schabrun

Siobhan Schabrun, Superstar of STEM

Dr Siobhan Schabrun

NHMRC Career Development Fellow

Western Sydney University

Imagine a future where learning to move can be enhanced. The implications are far-reaching, from quicker recovery after injury or illness, to improved training regimes for athletes and new strategies for maintaining function in old age. It sounds like science fiction, but through the use of non-invasive brain stimulation, this future could soon be a reality.

This exciting area is the focus of Dr Siobhan Schabrun's research work. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Adelaide (2009) and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from The University of South Australia (2006).

She is a NHMRC Career Development Fellow (2016-2019) at Western Sydney University where she leads the Brain Rehabilitation and Neuroplasticity unit. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and received more than $2.5 million in research funding from the NHMRC, International Association for the Study of Pain and Arthritis Australia.

Siobhan is passionate about science advocacy, research translation and community engagement. She is a member of The Global Young Academy, has been part of Scientists in Schools, writes for The Conversation, maintains the UPWaRD blog for people living with pain and has given more than 20 radio and TV interviews.

She frequently presents to community groups and healthcare practitioners to actively disseminate and translate her research, and was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship (2014), a QLD Young Tall Poppy Award (2011) and the School of Science and Health Research Impact Award (2016).