Pippa Iva, mentee in the 2018 MedTech-Pharma program in VIC (Monash University)

Pippa Iva received her Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience with Honours at Monash University, Clayton in 2015 and is currently working towards a Doctor of Philosophy also at Monash University. She divides her time between research and teaching. She has been a teaching associate at Monash since 2016 in undergraduate units related to physiology, sensory and cognitive neuroscience.

Her early research years involved behavioural and electrophysiological assessments to evaluate cortical changes after diffuse traumatic brain injury in animal models. Her passion for cognitive/sensory neuroscience and psychology led her to work for a consulting organization that builds the productivity and effectiveness of enterprises through a suite of specifically designed organizational psychology strategies. She was involved in the diagnosis and development stages of a project – specifically, the areas of survey design, data analysis and report writing.

Since then, she is currently working on her PhD project with a focus on evaluating speech processing in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She has identified novel deficits in high-level auditory processing caused by MS pathology, which provides some insight into the communication difficulties commonly reported by this clinical population. Such central auditory processing tasks may also provide a cost-effective and non-invasive marker of progression, severity and cognitive dysfunction in MS.

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