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Dr Francesca Fernandez Name: Dr Francesca Fernandez
Assistant Deputy Head, Behavioural and Health Sciences QLD/Bris
+617 3861 6114
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
National School of Behavioural and Health Sciences
Building 208 (1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo QLD 4014)-Level 2-Room 208.2.13

Book Chapters

*Corresponding Author

2007       Colson NJ, Fernandez F, Lea RA, Griffiths LR. &ldquoExpert Commentary A and Chapter I. The Genetics of Migraine&rdquo in Migraine Disorders Research Trends. Ed. Clarke LB. Nova Science Publishers Inc. ISBN 1-60021-553-X.

2018       Fernandez F*., Andrews J., Genetics of dementia: focus on Alzheimer&rsquos Disease. The Neuroscience of Dementia: Diagnosis and Management. Cambridge publication. UK. Accepted for publication in July 2018.

2018       Andrews J., Fernandez F.*, Salivary biomarkers in Alzheimer&rsquos disease The Neuroscience of Dementia: Diagnosis and Management. Cambridge publication. UK. Accepted for publication in August 2018.


Publications in International Peer Reviewed Journals

*Corresponding Author

Millard SJLum JSFernandez FWeston-Green KNewell KA. Perinatal exposure to fluoxetine increases anxiety- and depressivelike behaviours and alters glutamatergic markers in the cortex and hippocampus of male adolescent rats: A comparison between Sprague-Dawley rats and the Wistar-Kyoto rat model of depression. J Psychopharmacol. 2019 Feb33(2):230-243.

Andrews JL, Newell KA, Matosin N, Huang XF, Fernandez F*. Perinatal administration of phencyclidine alters expression of Lingo-1 signaling pathway proteins in the prefrontal cortex of juvenile and adult rats. Neuronal Signalling July 2018

Steiner G., Fernandez F., Coles M., Karamacoska M., Barkus E, Broyd S., Solowij N., Watson O., Chiu C., Lind J. and Barry R. Interrogating the relationship between schizotypy, the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met polymorphism, and neuronal oscillatory activity. Cereb Cortex. 2018 Jul 31

Walter EE, Fernandez F, Snelling M, Barkus E. Stress induced cortisol release and schizotypy. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018 Mar89: 209-215.

Matosin N, Newell KA, Quidé Y, Andrews JL, Teroganova N, Green MJ, Fernandez F*. Effects of common GRM5 genetic variants on cognition, hippocampal volume and mGluR5 protein levels in schizophrenia.

Brain Imaging Behav. 2018 Apr12(2):509-517.


Andrews JL, Goodfellow FJ, Matosin N, Snelling MK, Newell KA, Huang XF, Fernandez-Enright F*. Alterations of ubiquitin related proteins in the pathology and development of schizophrenia: Evidence from human and animal studies. J Psychiatr Res. 2017 Jul 90:31-39


Walter E., Fernandez F., Snelling M., Barkus E. Genetic Consideration of Schizotypal Traits: A Review. Frontiers in Psychology. 15 November 2016


Lum JS, Fernandez F, Matosin N, Andrews, J, Huang XF, Ooi L, Newell KA. 2016. Neurodevelopmental Expression Profile of Dimeric and Monomeric Group I mGluRs: Relevance to Schizophrenia Pathogenesis and Treatment. Scientific Reports, 6:34391.


Matosin N, Fernandez F, Lum J, Engel M, Andrews J, Gassen N, Wagner K, Schmidt M, Newell KA. 2016. Molecular evidence of synaptic pathology in the CA1 region in schizophrenia. Npj Schizophrenia, 2:16022. (New Nature Partner Journal)


Fernandez-Enright* and Andrews JL. Lingo-1: a novel target in therapy for Alzheimer&rsquos disease and neurodegenerative disorders? Invited Perspective article published in Neural Regeneration Research. 2016 Jan11(1):88-9


Matosin N, Green MJ, Andrews JL, Newell KA, Fernandez-Enright F*. Possibility of a sex-specific role for a genetic variant in FRMPD4 in schizophrenia, but not cognitive function. Neuroreport. 2016. 27(1): 33-8


Matosin N, Fernandez-Enright F, Lum JS, Newell KA. Shifting towards a model of mGluR5 dysregulation in schizophrenia: Consequences for future schizophrenia treatment.Neuropharmacology. 2015 Sep 6


Andrews J., Fernandez-Enright F*. A decade from discovery to therapy: Lingo-1, the dark horse in neurological and psychiatric disorders Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. Jul 201556:97-114


Andrews J.L, Newell K.A., Matosin N., Huang XF., Fernandez-Enright F*. Lingo-1 signaling factors p75 neurotrophin receptor and Myelin transcription factor 1 may be involved in perinatal PCP induced neurotoxicity and apoptosis Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry 2015 Dec 363:91-7


Matosin N., Fernandez-Enright F., Lum J.S., Andrews J.L., Engel M., Huang XF., Newell K.A mGluR5 and mGluR5 endogenous regulators are increased in the CA1 hippocampal region of subjects with schizophrenia Schizophrenia Research   166, Issues 1&ndash3, August 2015, Pages 212&ndash218


Matosin N., Fernandez-Enright F., Fung S.J., Lum J.S., Engel M., Andrews J.L., Huang XF., Weickert C.S., Newell K.A. Alterations of mGluR5 and its endogenous regulators Norbin, Tamalin and Preso1 in schizophrenia: towards a model of mGluR5 dysregulation. Acta Neuropathologica 2015 Jul130(1):119-29.

Andrews JL, Newell KA, Matosin N, Huang XF, Fernandez-Enright F.* NMDA Receptor Antagonism by Phencyclidine Reduces NWASP and WAVE1 Protein Expression and Reduces Levels of Myelination Markers in the Prefrontal Cortex of Rats. J Pharmaceu Pharmacol. 20153(1):8.


Camer D., Yu Y., Szabo A., Fernandez-Enright F., Dinh, and Huang XF. Bardoxolone methyl prevents high-fat diet-induced cognitive deficits, and promotes synaptic plasticity via downstream BDNF signalling in mouse forebrain. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry 2015 59: 68.


Andrews J.L., and Fernandez-Enright F*. Investigation of genetic variants in Nogo Receptor signaling pathways in schizophrenia susceptibility BBA Clinical. 2015 doi: 10.1016/j.bbacli.2014.11.008


Andrews J.L. and Fernandez-Enright F*. Investigation of genetic variants in ubiquitin enzyme genes involved in the modulation of neurodevelopmental processes: a role in schizophrenia susceptibility? Genetic Research. 2014 96. doi:10.1017/S0016672314000184


Matosin N., Fernandez-Enright F., Frank L., Deng C., Wong J., Huang XF., Newell KA. Metabotropic glutamate receptors mGluR2/3 and mGluR5 binding in the anterior cingulate cortex in psychotic and non-psychotic depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia: implications for novel mGluR-based therapeutics. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience.2014 Jun 2439(4):130242.


Fernandez-Enright F.*#, Andrews J.L#, Newell K.A., Pantelis C., Huang XF. Novel Implications of Lingo-1 and its Signalling Partners in Schizophrenia, Translational Psychiatry, 2014 Jan 214 :e348.   #co-first author.


Jafari S., Huang XF., Andrews J.L., Fernandez-Enright F*. In Vivo Pharmacological Evaluations of Novel Olanzapine Analogues in Rats: a Potential New Avenue for the Treatment of Schizophrenia, PLOS ONE, 2013.


Maher BH, Lea RA, Follett J, Cox HC, Fernandez F, Esposito T, Gianfrancesco F, Haupt LM, Griffiths LR. Association of a GRIA3 Gene Polymorphism with Migraine in an Australian Case-Control Cohort, Headache. 2013, 53(8):1245-9.


Fernandez-Enright F*, Soon I., Kuan T.C., Min D.H., Wong E., Demidov O., Paterson M.C., Xu L., Dawe G., Bulavin D., Xiao Z.C. Wip1 phosphatase positively modulates dendritic morphology, long-term potentiation and memory through the p38MAPKsignaling pathway, Cell Adhesion & Migration, 2012, 6(4):333-43.


Jafari S., Bouillon M., Huang XF, Pyne S., Fernandez-Enright F* Novel olanzapine analogues presenting a reduced H1 receptor affinity and retained 5HT2A/D2 binding affinity ratio, BMC Pharmacology, 2012, Jun 2212:8.


Hui L, Zhang X, Huang XF, Han M, Fernandez F, Yu Y, Sun S, Li W, Chen DC, Xiu MH, Kosten TR, Zhang XY. The dopamine beta-hydroxylase 19 bp insertion/deletion polymorphism was associated with first-episode but not medicated chronic schizophrenia, Journal Psychiatry Research, 2012, 46(6):733-7.


Neale EP, Muhlhausler B, Probst YC, Batterham MJ, Fernandez-Enright F, Tapsell LC. Short-term effects of fish and fish oil consumption on total and high molecular weight adiponectin levels in overweight adults, Metabolism, 2012, 62(5):651-60.


Jafari, S., Fernandez-Enright, F., Huang, X-F. Structural contributions of antipsychotic drugs to their therapeutic profiles and metabolic side effects, Journal of  Neurochemistry, 2012, 120(3):371-84.


Plummer PN, Colson NJ, Lewohl JM, Mackay RK, Fernandez F, Haupt LM, Griffiths LR. Significant differences in gene expression of GABA receptors in peripheral blood leukocytes of migraineurs, Gene, 2011, 490(1-2):32-6.


Ren H, Collins V, Fernandez F, Quinlan S, Griffiths L, Choo KH. Shorter telomere length in peripheral blood cells associated with migraine in women, Headache, 2010, 50(6):965-72.


Colson N, Fernandez F, Griffiths L. Genetics of menstrual migraine: the molecular evidence. Curr Pain Headache Rep, 2010, 14(5):389-95.


Fernandez F, Colson N, Quinlan S, MacMillan J, Lea RA, Griffiths LR. Association between migraine and a functional polymorphism at the dopamine beta-hydroxylase locus. Neurogenetics, 2009, 10(3):199-208.




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