Michael B. Calford, PhD

2018- Provost Australian National University, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia 
Sensory systems, Adult cortical plasticity, Stroke
"Michael Calford"


1979 BSc(Hons)., Monash University. Majored in Psychology and Genetics. Graduated with first class honours in Psychology.

1982 PhD., Monash University, Department of Physiology. Thesis title: Ascending Projections to Subnuclei of the Medial Geniculate Body. Supervisors: Dr. Lindsay Aitkin (Physiology) and Dr. Bill Webster (Psychology).

1982-83 Posdoctoral Fellow, City College of New York, with Dr. Josh Wallman

Awards and Fellowships:

1994 NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship

1991 Australian Society for Medical Research, inaugural Australian Medical Research Award

1988 NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship

1984 Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship

1983 Royal Society Anglo-Australasian Fellowship

1980 Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award

1979 Australian Psychology Society Prize, student prize

Mean distance: 13.52 (cluster 17)


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Lindsay M. Aitkin grad student Monash University
John D. Pettigrew grad student University of Queensland
 (1st Post Doc supervisor)
William R. Webster grad student Monash University
David Moore post-doc Oxford
Josh Wallman post-doc 1982-1983 CCNY


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John D. Pettigrew collaborator 1980-
William Bourke collaborator 1996- University of Sydney
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Saalmann YB, Calford MB. (2008) Pregnane steroids and short-term neural plasticity Neuroactive Steroids in Brain Function, Behavior and Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Novel Strategies For Research and Treatment. 187-200
Young JM, Waleszczyk WJ, Wang C, et al. (2007) Cortical reorganization consistent with spike timing-but not correlation-dependent plasticity. Nature Neuroscience. 10: 887-95
Saalmann YB, Kirkcaldie MT, Waldron S, et al. (2007) Cellular distribution of the GABAA receptor-modulating 3alpha-hydroxy, 5alpha-reduced pregnane steroids in the adult rat brain. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. 19: 272-84
Young JM, Waleszczyk WJ, Wang C, et al. (2007) Corrigendum: Cortical reorganization consistent with spike timing|[ndash]|but not correlation-dependent plasticity Nature Neuroscience. 10: 1073-1073
Saalmann YB, Morgan IG, Calford MB. (2006) Neurosteroids involved in regulating inhibition in the inferior colliculus. Journal of Neurophysiology. 96: 3064-73
Calford MB, Chino YM, Das A, et al. (2005) Neuroscience: rewiring the adult brain. Nature. 438: E3; discussion E3-4
Tailby C, Wright LL, Metha AB, et al. (2005) Activity-dependent maintenance and growth of dendrites in adult cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 102: 4631-6
Calford MB. (2005) Degree of adaptability of the somatosensory cortex to change: prospects for integration of bone-mounted dental prostheses. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology. 32: 115-8
Calford MB, Wright LL, Metha AB, et al. (2003) Topographic plasticity in primary visual cortex is mediated by local corticocortical connections. The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society For Neuroscience. 23: 6434-42
Waleszczyk WJ, Wang C, Young JM, et al. (2003) Laminar differences in plasticity in area 17 following retinal lesions in kittens or adult cats. The European Journal of Neuroscience. 17: 2351-68
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