Dr. Caitlin Finney is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Neuroinflammation research group within the Centre for Immunology and Allergy Research at the Westmead Institute. Caitlin completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto and her PhD in Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of New South Wales. In her PhD, Caitlin focused on the off-label use of the selective estrogen receptor modulator Tamoxifen for neuroprotection against the consequences of hippocampal silent infarct, including neurodegeneration and dementia. Caitlin is currently working with Professor David Brown and her research interests include neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, with a particular focus on the role of mitochondria and single nucleotide polymorphisms. She uses both animal and cell culture models to study these topics.

Caitlin is able to provide supervision for postgraduate students and encourages interested students to get in contact.


2022     Finney, C.A., Delerue, F., Gold, W.A., Brown, D.A. & Shvetcov, A. Artificial intelligence-driven meta-analysis of brain gene expression data identifies novel gene candidates and a role for mitochondria in Alzheimer’s Disease. Submitted to Computational and Structural Biology Journal. MedRxiv preprint DOI: 10.1101/2022.02.02.22270347
2021     Finney, C.A., Shvetcov, A., Westbrook, R.F., Morris, M.J., & Jones, N.M. Tamoxifen offers long-term neuroprotection after hippocampal silent infarct. Hormones and Behavior, 136, DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2021.105085
2021     Finney, C.A., Shvetcov, A., Westbrook, R.F., Morris, M.J., & Jones, N.M. The selective estrogen receptor modulator tamoxifen protects against cognitive decline and early markers of injury 24 h after hippocampal silent infarct in male Sprague Dawley rats. Hormones and Behavior, 134, DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2021.105016
2021     Finney, C.A., Morris, M.J., Westbrook, R.F., & Jones, N.M. Hippocampal silent infarct leads to subtle cognitive decline that is associated with inflammation and gliosis at twenty-four hours after injury in a rat model. Behavioural Brain Research, 401, DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2020.113089 
2020     Finney, C.A., Jones, N.M., & Morris, M.J. A scalable, fully automated approach for regional quantification of immunohistochemical staining of astrocytes in the rat brain. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, DOI: 10.1016/j.neumeth.2020.108994
2020     Finney, C.A., Shvetcov, A., Westbrook, R.F., Jones, N.M., & Morris, M.J. The role of hippocampal estradiol in synaptic plasticity and memory: A systematic review. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 100818. DOI: 10.1016/j.yfrne.2019.100818
2020     Finney, C.A., Proschogo, N., Snepvangers, A., Holmes, N.M., Westbrook, R.F., & Clemens, K.J. The effect of standard laboratory diets on estrogen signalling and spatial memory in male and female rats. Physiology & Behavior, 215(1), 112787. DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2019.112787
2017     Newton-Mann, E., Finney, C., Purves-Tyson, T., & Gogos, A. Estrogen receptors: Mechanism of action and relevance to schizophrenia. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 13(999), 1-9. DOI: 10.2174/1573400513666170414102145
2017     Pilkiw, M., Insel, N., Cui, Y., Finney, C., Cheng, S., Morrissey, M., & Takehara-Nishiuchi, K. The lateral entorhinal cortex encodes combinations of physical and relational features of stimuli in environmental context. eLife, 6, 1-22. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.28611
2017     Mainwaring, L. & Finney, C. Psychological risk factors and outcomes of dance injury: A systematic review. Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, 21(3), 83-91. DOI: 10.12678/1089-313X.21.3.87
2015     Hensel, J., Ruiz, C., Finney, C., & Dewa, C.S. Meta-analysis of risk factors for secondary traumatic stress in therapeutic work with trauma victims. The Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28(2), 83-91. DOI: 10.1002/jts.21998
2013     Finney, C., Stergiopolous, E., Hensel, J., Bonto, S., & Dewa, C.S. Organizational stressors associated with job stress and burnout in correctional officers: A systematic review. BMC Public Health, 13(82). DOI: 10.1186/1471-2456-13-82

Clinical Specialty

Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Research Focus

Neurodegenerative diseases

Alzheimer’s disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis


Single nucleotide polymorphisms

Other Affiliations

School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of Sydney

Awards and Recognition

2017-2021 - Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship


B.Sc. (Hons) in Neuroscience, University of Toronto, 2015

Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Physiology, University of New South Wales, 2021