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Linda Richards Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Linda J. Richards is a Professor of Neuroscience and Deputy Director of the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. She is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and is a National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellow. She is currently President-elect of the Australasian Neuroscience Society and a member of the Australian Brain Alliance. Her laboratory investigates how the brain is wired during development and the function of glia and neuronal activity in these processes. She is a leading expert on the formation of the corpus callosum, the largest fibre tract connecting the brain’s two hemispheres. Her work encompasses both human imaging and animal research and she is scientific advisor for the patient support group, “Australian Disorders of the Corpus Callosum" (ausDoCC) and, together with clinical colleagues, in 2015 she established an International Research Consortium for Corpus Callosum and Cerebral Connectivity (IRC5). Her laboratory also investigates the transcriptional control of early brain development and axon guidance and how these processes are involved in brain cancer.