Researcher biography

Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka is a research fellow at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, and is an adjunct research fellow at Neurology, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, and School of Psychology, UQ. Her research involves multidisciplinary areas ranging from basic science (eg: pharmacology, physiology, genetics) to clinical science, and medicine (eg: epidemiology, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging and addiction).

Dr Dissanayaka's primary research focuses to understand more about neuropsychiatric aspects of Parkinson's disease and related disorders, and includes anxiety, depression, cognitive dysfunction and impulse control disorders. Her studies investigate epidemiology and genetics, new diagnostic methods, neuroimaging markers (EEG and fMRI), new psychological treatment, and adverse effects of pharmacological treatment.