Dr Luca Cocchi obtained his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Lausanne and Geneva (Switzerland) in 2007. Following postdoctoral training in mental health research institutes including the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (The University of Melbourne) and the Queensland Brain Institute (University of Queensland), Dr Cocchi started a position at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in March 2016. He is currently head of the Clinical Brain Networks team at QIMR Berghofer.
Current QIMR Berghofer appointment
- 2018 – current: Team Head, Clinical Brain Networks Group
- 2016 – 2018: Senior Research Officer, Systems Neuroscience Group, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
- 2011 – 2016: Research fellow at the Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland. Australia
- 2008 – 2011: Postdoctoral Research fellow at the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, Department of Psychiatry; University of Melbourne, Australia
Current Area of Research
Dr Cocchi is internationally recognised for his work on brain imaging in health and disease. He has applied novel image analysis to identify functional and anatomical brain connectivity underpinning psychiatric symptoms including schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD). His work is having a major influence on the conceptualization of healthy and pathological brain functions as resulting from complex neural dynamics emerging on top of anatomical brain connectivity. With the goal of progressing evidence-based psychiatric therapies, Dr Cocchi recently investigated the impact that local brain stimulation techniques such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has on the activity of whole-brain neural networks. Results from these investigations have motivated two ongoing clinical trials assessing the use of TMS as a viable tool to restore brain network activity and reduce symptoms of OCD. Dr Cocchi’s research program is supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC).
- 2007: PhD in Neuroscience, University of Lausanne and University of Geneva, Switzerland