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Dr Dana Bradford


Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Dana Kai Bradford is a principal research scientist in the CSIRO’s Australian eHealth Research Centre, leading the Neurodevelopment and Plasticity team. Her project work with CSIRO has predominantly centred on digital services for equitable healthcare. She has been involved in the development of phone based programs to manage chronic illness and mental health for Indigenous and other Australians, the use of technology to assist men in their prostate cancer journey, and tablet based apps to translate key assessment questions for non-English speaking hospital patients. She was involved in the first Australian pilot of the Smarter Safer Homes platform – a sensor based monitoring system designed to allow the elderly to live independently for longer. Dana is also involved in projects to facilitate the integration of genomic medicine into every day care, technology for young adults on the autism spectrum, blood biomarkers for TBI and currently manages AEHRC's cerebral palsy projects.

Dana is also an adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the Queensland Brain Institute where she contributes to research on the mechanisms through which adult vitamin D deficiency impacts the brain.

Photo credit: TEDx Salon Sydney, 2018

Other Interests

Chatbots, robots, dementia, sensory stimulation, neural stimulation, brain health, health autonomy, suicide prevention

Achievements and Awards

  • -2009

    Istvan Tork Prize
    Australian Neuroscience Society

  • 2010-2010

    Sir Grafton Elliot Smith Prize
    Australian Neuroscience Society

  • 2013-2013

    QLD iAward

  • 2013-2013

    National iAward (Merit)

  • 2015-2015

    Brank Cesnik Award

  • 2015-2015

    Improving Health Equality
    Victorian Public Healthcare Awards

  • 2017-2017

    Improving the Continuum of Care
    Health Round Table Innovations Awards

  • 2018-2018

    iAwards Merit Award (Victoria) Public Sector and Government category
    Australian Information Industry Association

  • 2018-2018

    iAwards PitchFest winner Public Sector and Government category
    Australian Information Industry Association

  • 2019-2019

    iAwards Merit Award (Queensland) Public Sector and Government category
    Australian Information Industry Association

  • 2020-2020

    Inclusion, Trust and Respect Award
    Health & Biosecurity, CSIRO

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    BSc Neuroscience / Psychology
    University of Queensland

  • 2005

    BSc Hons Neuroscience
    Queensland Brain Institute

  • 2011

    PhD Neuroscience
    Queensland Brain Institute

  • 2018

    Diploma Positive Psychology and Wellbeing
    Langley Institute

Other highlights

  • 2008-2008

    QBI Art in Science Image Competition, ‘People’s Choice’ for Pretty as a Peacock and ‘Highly Commended’ for Dancing into Differentiation.

  • 2009-2009

    QBI Art in Science Image Competition, ‘Highly Commended’ for Alighting.

  • 2010-2010

    QBI Art in Science Image Competition, 3rd Prize for Wolf Spider.

  • 2010-2010

    Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (ANZSCDB) Image Competition Neurosphere selected for the 2010–2011 website banner.

  • 2010-2010

    Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Linear Progressions Exhibition, Growing into Groover, Line Dancing, and Neuron Becoming. QUT, August 2010. Featured with short biography in From Research to Reality (Episode 3) National Science Week and 31Digital.

  • 2010-2010

    Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Science Photography, ‘Highly Commended’ for Great Balls of Fire.

  • 2011-2011

    Great Balls of Fire commissioned by Questacon, Science and Technology Centre, Canberra.

  • 2018-2018

    TEDx Sydney Salon Talk

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