Jo-Maree Courtney

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Jo-Maree Courtney

Research Assistant - Neuroscience and Brian Plasticity

Room 415-24 (Level 4) , Medical Science 1

+61 3 6226 4715 (phone)

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Fields of Research

  • Respiratory diseases (320103)
  • Cell development, proliferation and death (310102)
  • Cellular nervous system (320902)
  • Neurology and neuromuscular diseases (320905)
  • Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases) (320101)
  • Cell neurochemistry (310104)
  • Structural biology (incl. macromolecular modelling) (310112)
  • Gene expression (incl. microarray and other genome-wide approaches) (310505)
  • Central nervous system (320903)
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology (321502)
  • Foetal development and medicine (321501)
  • Biochemistry and cell biology (310199)
  • Proteomics and intermolecular interactions (excl. medical proteomics) (310109)
  • Cellular immunology (320404)

Research Objectives

  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences (280103)
  • Treatment of human diseases and conditions (200105)
  • Expanding knowledge in the health sciences (280112)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions (200101)
  • Efficacy of medications (200102)
  • Health related to ageing (200502)


Total publications


Journal Article

(15 outputs)
2023Morris GP, Gowing EK, Courtney JM, Coombe HE, King NE, et al., 'Vascular perfusion differs in two distinct PDGFRβ-positive zones within the ischemic core of male mice 2 weeks following photothrombotic stroke', Journal of neuroscience research, (101) Article 278-292. ISSN 1097-4547 (2023) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/jnr.25146 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Morris GP; Coombe HE; King NE; Howells DW; Sutherland BA


2022Courtney J, Morris GP, Cleary EM, Howells DW, Sutherland BA, 'Automated quantification of multiple cell types in fluorescently labeled whole mouse brain sections using QuPath', Bio-protocol, 12, (13) pp. 1-12. ISSN 2331-8325 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.4459 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Morris GP; Cleary EM; Howells DW; Sutherland BA


2022King NE, Courtney J-M, Brown LS, Foster CG, Cashion JM, et al., 'Pharmacological PDGFRβ inhibitors imatinib and sunitinib cause human brain pericyte death in vitro', Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 444 pp. 1-9. ISSN 0041-008X (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.taap.2022.116025 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: King NE; Brown LS; Foster CG; Cashion JM; Attrill EH; Premilovac D; Howells DW; Sutherland BA


2021Courtney J-M, Morris GP, Cleary EM, Howells DW, Sutherland BA, 'An automated approach to improve the quantification of pericytes and microglia in whole mouse brain sections', eNeuro, 8, (6) pp. 1-11. ISSN 2373-2822 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1523/ENEURO.0177-21.2021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Morris GP; Cleary EM; Howells DW; Sutherland BA


2020Courtney JM, Sutherland BA, 'Harnessing the stem cell properties of pericytes to repair the brain', Neural regeneration research, 15, (6) pp. 1021-1022. ISSN 1673-5374 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4103/1673-5374.270301 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Sutherland BA


2020Liu Y, Michalska AE, Dottori M, Eaton ED, Courtney J-M, et al., 'Differential susceptibility of human neural progenitors and neurons to ischaemic injury', Brain Research Bulletin, 156 pp. 25-32. ISSN 0361-9230 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2019.12.005 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Eaton ED; Howells DW


2019Brown LS, Foster CG, Courtney JM, King NE, Howells DW, et al., 'Pericytes and Neurovascular Function in the Healthy and Diseased Brain', Frontiers in cellular neuroscience pp. 1-9. ISSN 1662-5102 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fncel.2019.00282 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 155Web of Science - 151

Co-authors: Brown LS; Foster CG; King NE; Howells DW; Sutherland BA


2014Sohal SS, Eapen MS, Shukla SD, Courtney J-M, Mahmood MQ, et al., 'Novel insights into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): an overview', EMJ Respiratory, 2 pp. 81-87. ISSN 2054-3166 (2014) [Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Sohal SS; Eapen MS; Shukla SD; Mahmood MQ; Walters EH


2005Courtney J, Blackburn J, Sharpe PT, 'The Ectodysplasin and NFkappaB signalling pathways in odontogenesis', Archives of Oral Biology: A Multidisciplinary Journal in Oral Research, 50, (2) pp. 159-63. ISSN 0003-9969 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.archoralbio.2004.11.019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 53Web of Science - 46


2004Ohazama A, Courtney J, Sharpe PT, 'Opg, Rank, and Rankl in tooth development: co-ordination of odontogenesis and osteogenesis', Journal of Dental Research, 83, (3) pp. 241-4. ISSN 0022-0345 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/154405910408300311 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 64Web of Science - 60


2004Ohazama A, Courtney J, Tucker AS, Naito A, Tanaka S, et al., 'Traf6 is essential for murine tooth cusp morphogenesis', Developmental Dynamics, 229, (1) pp. 131-5. ISSN 1058-8388 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/dvdy.10400 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 43Web of Science - 39


2004Tucker AS, Headon DJ, Courtney J, Overbeek P, Sharpe PT, 'The activation level of the TNF family receptor, Edar, determines cusp number and tooth number during tooth development', Developmental Biology: An International Journal, 268, (1) pp. 185-94. ISSN 0012-1606 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2003.12.019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 116Web of Science - 103


2003Ohazama A, Courtney J, Sharpe PT, 'Expression of TNF-receptor-associated factor genes in murine tooth development', Gene Expression Patterns, 3, (2) pp. 127-129. ISSN 1567-133X (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S1567-133X(03)00028-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10


2002Brodbeck J, Davies A, Courtney J, Meir A, Balaguero N, et al., 'The ducky mutation in Cacna2d2 results in altered Purkinje cell morphology and is associated with the expression of a truncated alpha 2 delta-2 protein with abnormal function', Journal of Biological Chemistry, 277, (10) pp. 7684-93. ISSN 0021-9258 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M109404200 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 122Web of Science - 108


2000Chuah MI, Cossins J-M, Woodhall E, Tennent R, Nash G, et al., 'Glial Growth Factor 2 induces proliferation and structural changes in ensheathing cells', Brain Research, 857, (1-2) pp. 265-274. ISSN 0006-8993 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S0006-8993(99)02455-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 30

Co-authors: Chuah MI; Tennent R; West AK



(1 outputs)
2017Courtney J-M, Spafford PL, 'The role of epithelial-mesenchymal transition in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease', Cells, Tissues, Organs, 203, (2) pp. 99-104. ISSN 1422-6405 (2017) [Review Several Works]

DOI: 10.1159/000450919 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Spafford PL


Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
2014Courtney J, Spafford PL, Kregor JM, Olsen R, Sharma C, et al., 'Induction of epithelial to mesenchymal transition in a bronchial epithelial cell line', The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide (2014) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Spafford PL; Kregor JM; Olsen R; Sharma C; Walters EH

2013Courtney J, Sharma C, Spafford PL, Sohal SS, Walters EH, 'Epithelial to mesenchymal transition in cultured cells: a potential in vitro model of COPD', Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, Respirology 18 (Suppl 2), Darwin, pp. 58. (2013) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Sharma C; Spafford PL; Sohal SS; Walters EH

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Detecting microvascular injury after stroke using a blood test (2022)$9,820
Pericytes, cells controlling blood flow in the brain, are injured post-stroke. This may increase brain injury and worsen neurological disability. This project will develop a blood test for detecting pericyte injury. This test may be useful for diagnosing blood flow impairments or predicting brain injury and neurological disability post-stroke.
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($9,820)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Morris GP; Sutherland BA; Howells DW; King AE; Castley HJ; Courtney J; Collins J
Acquisition of a VS200 Research Slide Scanner for the College of Health and Medicine (2022)$100,000
The Olympus VS200 Research Slide Scanner enables the imaging of entire tissue sections in an automated manner. It can acquire images from up to six fluorescent channels along with brightfield, dark field and phase contrast, and has objectives up to 100X. The robotic slide loader allows for batch scanning of up to 210 slides at a time and can accommodate multiple sizes of slides up to 4x5 plates for large tissue sections. Our current VS120 slide scanner is already used at a maximum capacity with researchers having to book weeks in advance to scan slides. The VS200 will add further capacity and offers improved capabilities with greater optical resolution, more fluorescent channels, more batch scanning capacity and the ability to scan larger slides. Pairing this with free open source software like QuPath provides high throughput, efficient and highly accurate quantitative workflows that greatly improve productivity.
Ian Potter Foundation ($100,000)
Grant - Medical Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Sutherland BA; Howells DW; Courtney J; King AE; Dickson TC; Premilovac D; Bye N; Flies AS; Young K

Research Supervision






PhDUnderstanding and Preventing Ischemic Injury to Human Neurons: from perinatal ischemia to adult stroke2021


PhDMechanisms and Drivers of Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in COPD
Candidate: Patricia Louise Spafford