• 122 Citations
  • 7 h-Index

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Dr Fiona Bright completed a PhD in Medicine in 2017 at the University of Adelaide. Her PhD investigated the brainstem neuropathology underlying sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). During her PhD, Fiona was awarded an International SIDS Fellowship funded by Rivers Gift and spent 18 months at Harvard University Medical School/Boston Childrens Hospital. Following this Fiona received the 2017 Kaarene Fitzgerald SIDS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship funded by RedNose Australia where she continued to undertake SIDS research at the University of Adelaide. In 2018, Fiona sought new challenges and took up a Postdoctoral role with the NHMRC Funded ForeFront research group at the University of Sydney, to investigate neuroimmune-mediated mechanisms in frontotemporal dementia (FTD). In 2020, Fiona was awarded a Macquarie University Research Fellowship (MQRF) to undertake research at the Dementia Research Centre with Prof Lars Ittner and Assoc Prof Yazi Ke. 

Research interests

Fiona's current research interests include;

Neuroimmune and neuroinflammatory mechanisms/pathways underlying the neuropathology associated with neurodegeneration, with a specific focus on the innate immune complement cascade and TDP-43 pathology in frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 

Education/Academic qualification

Pathology/Neuroscience, PhD, The University of Adelaide


Pathology , Honours (1st), The University of Adelaide


Health Science- Anatomy & Pathology , Bachelor, The University of Adelaide


External positions

Honorary Affiliate Postdoctoral Fellow , University of Sydney

10 Feb 2020 → …

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Research Outputs

  • 122 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 12 Article
  • 5 Review article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Meeting abstract

A practical approach to differentiate the frontotemporal tauopathy subtypes

Forrest, S., Halliday, G., Sizemova, A., van Roijen, M., McGinley, C., Bright, F., Kapur, M., McGeachie, A., McCann, H., Shepherd, C., Tan, R., Affleck, A., Huang, Y. & Kril, J., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Neuroinflammation in frontotemporal dementia

    Bright, F., Werry, E. L., Dobson-Stone, C., Piguet, O., Ittner, L. M., Halliday, G. M., Hodges, J. R., Kiernan, M. C., Loy, C. T., Kassiou, M. & Kril, J. J., 1 Sep 2019, In : Nature Reviews Neurology. 15, 9, p. 540-555 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Recent developments in TSPO PET imaging as a biomarker of neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative disorders

    Werry, E. L., Bright, F. M., Piguet, O., Ittner, L. M., Halliday, G. M., Hodges, J. R., Kiernan, M. C., Loy, C. T., Kril, J. J. & Kassiou, M., 1 Jul 2019, In : International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 20, 13, p. 1-21 21 p., 3161.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Brainstem neuropathology in sudden infant death syndrome

    Bright, F. M., Vink, R. & Byard, R. W., 2018, SIDS Sudden infant and early childhood death: the past, the present and the future. Duncan, J. R. & Byard, R. W. (eds.). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, p. 589-613 25 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access

    Lethal hypothermia: a sometimes elusive diagnosis

    Byard, R. W. & Bright, F. M., 2018, In : Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology. 14, p. 421-423 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    6 Citations (Scopus)


    Kareene Fitzgerald Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Fiona Bright (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Honorary award

    Macquarie University Research Fellowship

    Fiona Bright (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: Other distinction