Dr Courtney McDonald

 - Affiliate Investigator

Research focus: Clinical translation of umbilical cord blood stem cells and neural stem cells for treatment of perinatal brain injury and other neurological conditions

Dr Courtney McDonald is a NHMRC Cerebral Palsy Alliance Early Career Research Fellow, within the Neurodevelopment and Neuroprotection Research Group at The Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research. Courtney is a stem cell biologist with a strong neuroimmunology background, who completed her PhD at Monash University in 2013 studying the application of stem cells for Multiple Sclerosis.  She is an expert in the isolation, characterisation and therapeutic application of stem cells; in particular umbilical cord blood cells, for the treatment of brain injury. Her research focuses on trying to understand how stem cells, can influence the neuroinflammatory response and how this can be used to prevent or treat perinatal brain injury.