Brief Profile


Geoffrey Turnbull


  • 2013: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour. Title: The Effects of Enrichment and Disease on Brain Plasticity and Cognition (Under submission).
  • 2002: First class honours in Anatomy. Department of Anatomy, University of QLD, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 2001: Bachelor of Science with major in Biomedical Science. University of QLD, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 1998: High school certificate. Melville High, Kempsey, NSW.

Conferences and Workshops.

  • 2011: Huntington’s Disease World Congress Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2007: Australian Huntington’s Disease Annual Conference, Gold Coast.
  • 2003: Frontiers in Tissue Engineering, QUT, Brisbane.

Employment History

Southern Cross University, 2009-2013.

  • Lecturer in Psychology, Health and Human Sciences, (2009-2013).
  • Lecturer for Preparing for Success at Southern Cross University, SCU, College, (2009-2013).
  • Unit assessor for Applying Quantitative Concepts (EDU10447), SCU (2010-2013)

Enriched Health, 2013.

  • Cognitive Neuroscientist.
  • Cognitive assessment and neuro-rehabilitation.

Hastings Women and Children's Refuge, 2010-2013.

  • LOVEBiTES sexual assault and domestic violence program facilitator.
  • Music enrichment workshop coordinator.

Queensland Brain Institute, 2006 - 2008.

  • Research assistant
  • Maintenance of Huntington's disease mouse breeding colony.
  • In vitro culturing of stem cells from the hippocampus and subventricular zone.
  • Data collection and statistical analysis.
  • Preparation of data for publication and presentation at conferences.

Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, 2002-2007.

  • University tutor.


Walker, T. L., Turnbull, G. W., Mackay, E. W., Hannan, A. J., & Bartlett, P. F. (2011). The latent stem cell population is retained in the hippocampus of transgenic Huntington's disease mice but not wild-type mice. PLoS One, 6(3), e18153.


Turnbull, G. W.(2012). Environmental enrichment as a therapeutic intervention. Is there a central role for BDNF? In R. van der Zwan (Eds.), Current trends in experimental and applied psychology, vol. 1, (pp. 36-48). Brisbane, Qld: Primrose Hall.

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