The Brains Behind the Brain Alliance: Bernadette Fitzgibbon

Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University and heads the “Pain and Affective Neuroscience Unit” at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc).


  1. What sparked your interest in neuroscience?

I’ve always been interested in the behaviour of others. This transferred into an interest in neuroscience when I began learning about biology and, more specifically, the biology of behaviour.


  1. Why do we need to crack the brains code?

To ensure we have the right knowledge to treat complex brain disorders that affect a large number of the world’s population.


  1. If you weren’t a Senior Research Fellow what would you be instead?

A med tech entrepreneur, because commercialisation and industry allows for translating discoveries on a larger scale.


  1. What’s your favourite fact about the brain?

That the brain changes its structure and function in response to our experiences, which means that the brain never stops changing.