Justin Dittmann

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Justin Dittmann

Laboratory Technician
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre

Room 417-20 (Level 4), Medical Science 1, Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 4218 (phone)



Completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours at the University of Tasmania, I worked as a member of the Neuro-Repair Group exploring roles of Metallothionein in the injured brain. I left Tasmania to take up the position of Research Associate at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles exploring the metabolic side effects of antipsychotic medications and their implications to the development of Type 2 diabetes. Upon conclusion I returned to Tasmania to assume the role of Laboratory Technician within the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre where I now explore the roles of anaesthetics in dementia and projects involving novel drug discovery and general research support.

Research Interests

Mr Dittmann handles the day-to-day running of the laboratory, ordering supplies and equipment and providing supporting services for the laboratory based research of the Centre. In addition, he contributes to projects, specifically exploring the role of anaesthesia and the development of dementia and the testing of novel drug developments that may lead to new therapeutic treatments.

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Fields of Research

  • Cell Neurochemistry (060105)
  • Cellular Nervous System (110902)
  • Central Nervous System (110903)
  • Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101)

Research Objectives

  • Nervous System and Disorders (920111)
  • Diabetes (920104)


Total publications


Journal Article

(4 outputs)
2017Stuart KE, King AE, Fernandez-Martos CM, Dittmann J, Summers MJ, et al., 'Mid-life environmental enrichment increases synaptic density in CA1 in a mouse model of Aβ-associated pathology and positively influences synaptic and cognitive health in healthy ageing', Journal of Comparative Neurology, 525, (8) pp. 1797-1810. ISSN 0021-9967 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/cne.24156 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Stuart KE; King AE; Fernandez-Martos CM; Summers MJ; Vickers JC


2013King AE, Southam KA, Dittmann J, Vickers JC, 'Excitotoxin-induced caspase-3 activation and microtubule disintegration in axons is inhibited by taxol', Acta Neuropathologica Communications, 1 Article 59. ISSN 2051-5960 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/2051-5960-1-59 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: King AE; Southam KA; Vickers JC


2010Leung YKJ, Pankhurst M, Dunlop SA, Ray S, Dittmann J, et al., 'Metallothionein induces a regenerative reactive astrocyte phenotype via JAK/STAT and RhoA signalling pathways ', Experimental Neurology: A Journal of Neuroscience Research, 221, (1) pp. 98-106. ISSN 0014-4886 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2009.10.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 32

Co-authors: Leung YKJ; Pankhurst M; Ray S; Eaton ED; Chuah MI; West AK; Chung RS


2008Chung RS, Penkowa M, Dittmann J, King CE, Bartlett C, et al., 'Redefining the role of metallothionein within the injured brain: extracellular metallothioneins play an important role in the astrocyte-neuron response to injury', Journal of Biological Chemistry, 283, (22) pp. 15349-15358. ISSN 0021-9258 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M708446200 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 102Web of Science - 96

Co-authors: Chung RS; King CE; Leung YKJ; Walker AK; Fung SJ; Chuah MI; Vickers JC; West AK


Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
2004Chung RS, Dittmann J, Chuah MI, Vickers JC, West AK, 'Neuron-astrocyte signalling regulates astrocytic expression of neuroprotective metallothionein protein following neuronal injury', Journal of Neurochemistry, Hong Kong, pp. 18. (2004) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Chung RS; Chuah MI; Vickers JC; West AK

2004Dittmann J, Chung RS, Chuah MI, Vickers JC, West AK, 'Neuron-glia interaction and metallothionein expression in a culture model of axonal injury', Proceedings of the Australian Neuroscience Society, 27-30 Jan 2004, Melbourne, pp. 62. ISSN 1034-3237 (2004) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Chung RS; Chuah MI; Vickers JC; West AK