Associate Professor Alex Fornito completed his Clinical Masters (Neuropsychology) and PhD in 2007 in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at The University of Melbourne before undertaking Post-Doctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, UK, under the auspices of an NHMRC Training Fellowship. In 2013, Alex assumed his current position as Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences. Alex is also co-Director of the Brain and Mental Health Lab and Heads the Lab’s Brain Research Team.
Alex’s research concentrates on developing new imaging techniques for mapping human brain connectivity and applying these methods to shed light on brain function in health and disease. A major emphasis of his work concerns understanding foundational principles of brain organization and their genetic basis; characterizing brain connectivity disturbances in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia; and mapping how brain networks dynamically reconfigure in response to changing task demands.
Fornito, A., Zalesky, A., & Bullmore, E. T. (2016). Fundamentals of Brain Network Analysis. Elsevier Inc., Academic Press: San Diego.
Fulcher, B. D., & Fornito, A. (2016). A transcriptional signature of hub connectivity in the mouse connectome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 113(5), 1435-1440.
Fornito, A., Zalesky, A., & Breakspear, M. J. (2015). The connectomics of brain disorders. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 16, 159-172.
Fornito, A., Harrison BJ, Goodby E, Dean A, Ooi C, Nathan PJ, Lennox BR, Jones PB, Suckling J, Bullmore ET. (2013). Functional dysconnectivity of cortico-striatal circuitry as a risk phenotype for psychosis. JAMA Psychiatry, 70, 1143-1151.
Fornito, A., Harrison, B., Zalesky, A., & Simons, J. S. (2012). Competitive and cooperative dynamics of large-scale functional brain networks supporting recollection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 109(31), 12788-12793.