Professor – Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University
Professor Heidi Zeeman is a Principal Research Fellow at the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. Prof Zeeman has conducted applied research in the area of Neuro-rehabilitation over the past 17 years, beginning her career as a clinical neuropsychologist. Her research has centred on understanding the experiences of people following catastrophic injury and illness and the environments in which they live, recover and work. In partnership with architects, construction professionals, neuroscientists, artists and access consultants, she is currently pursuing research into how built environments (particularly public infrastructure, greenspace, workplaces) can be further optimised for the general population, inclusive of people with neurosensitivities.
Panel Discussion and Q&A
Neuroplasticity; frontiers in repair and recovery
Research conducted by Professor Heidi Zeeman relates to the human brain in relationship with the environments in which we live (i.e., Neurocognitive design). In this panel, she will focus on how our brain’s learn, change and grow within specialised environments, such as rehabilitation and recovery settings. Findings from this work may be generalised to other environments such as those catering for people with neuro-diversity and dementia. Professor Zeeman will highlight her recent work into an examination of multi-sensory therapy for coma and post-coma arousal, identifying the stressful and supportive features of inpatient hospital settings, and developing design indicators for inclusive housing for young people with disability and ageing Australians. The future of neurocognitive design will be discussed at the close of the session.