Dr Teri Furlong

Dr Teri Furlong

Senior Lecturer
Medicine & Health
School of Biomedical Sciences

I graduated with a PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2007. I then completed a number of post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Sydney, Neuroscience Research Australia and the University of Utah. In 2020, I was appointed as a combined track (teaching & research) academic in the Department of Anatomy, where I lead the Brain and Behaviour Research group, School of Biomedical Sciences, UNSW. My research examines neuroanatomical and behavioural changes associated with psychological disorders. I am particularly interested in basal ganglia-related disorders and currently investigate Parkinson’s disease, autism, and drug addiction. Specifically, some of my current research activities include examining potential toxins found in food as models of Parkinson’s disease, and examining the neural basis of compulsive behaviour. I manage a team of undergraduate research students (Honours) and PhD students, and I am the co-convenor of the Neuroscience Honours program. 

Room 202 Wallace Wurth Building
  • Books | 2018
    Paxinos G; Furlong T; Watson C, 2018, The Human Brainstem: Cytoarchitecture, Chemoarchitecture, Myeloarchitecture
  • Book Chapters | 2018
    Furlong T; Corbit L, 2018, 'Drug Addiction: Augmented Habit Learning or Failure of Goal-Directed Control?', in Goal-Directed Decision Making Computations and Neural Circuits, Academic Press
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Furlong TM; Corbit LH, 2018, 'Chapter 16 Drug Addiction Augmented Habit Learning or Failure of Goal-Directed Control?', in Goal-Directed Decision Making, Elsevier, pp. 367 - 386, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-812098-9.00016-4
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Chen F; Zhang S; Hu L; Fan J; Lin CH; Guan P; Zhou Y; Wan T; Peng S; Wang CH; Wu L; Furlong TML; Valanoor N; Chu D, 2023, 'Bio-Inspired Artificial Perceptual Devices for Neuromorphic Computing and Gesture Recognition', Advanced Functional Materials, 33, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202300266
    Journal articles | 2023
    Lawther AJ; Zieba J; Fang Z; Furlong TM; Conn I; Govindaraju H; Choong LLY; Turner N; Siddiqui KS; Bridge W; Merlin S; Hyams TC; Killingsworth M; Eapen V; Clarke RA; Walker AK, 2023, 'Antioxidant Behavioural Phenotype in the Immp2l Gene Knock-Out Mouse', Genes, 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/genes14091717
    Journal articles | 2023
    Leung BK; Merlin S; Walker AK; Lawther AJ; Paxinos G; Eapen V; Clarke R; Balleine BW; Furlong TM, 2023, 'Immp2l knockdown in male mice increases stimulus-driven instrumental behaviour but does not alter goal-directed learning or neuron density in cortico-striatal circuits in a model of Tourette syndrome and autism spectrum disorder', Behavioural Brain Research, 452, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2023.114610
    Journal articles | 2022
    Bingul A; Merlin S; Carrive P; Killcross S; Furlong TM, 2022, 'Targeting the lateral hypothalamus with short hairpin RNAs reduces habitual behaviour following extended instrumental training in rats', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 193, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2022.107657
    Journal articles | 2022
    Merlin S; Furlong TM, 2022, 'Habitual behaviour associated with exposure to high-calorie diet is prevented by an orexin-receptor-1 antagonist', Addiction Neuroscience, 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addicn.2022.100036
    Journal articles | 2021
    Clarke RA; Furlong TM; Eapen V, 2021, 'Tourette Syndrome Risk Genes Regulate Mitochondrial Dynamics, Structure, and Function', Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.556803
    Journal articles | 2021
    Olsen N; Furlong TM; Carrive P, 2021, 'Behavioural and cardiovascular effects of orexin-A infused into the central amygdala under basal and fear conditions in rats', Behavioural Brain Research, 415, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2021.113515
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wang C; Furlong TM; Stratton PG; Lee CCY; Xu L; Merlin S; Nolan C; Arabzadeh E; Marek R; Sah P, 2021, 'Hippocampus–prefrontal coupling regulates recognition memory for novelty discrimination', Journal of Neuroscience, 34, pp. 9617 - 9632, http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1202-21.2021
    Journal articles | 2020
    Giangrasso DM; Furlong TM; Keefe KA, 2020, 'Characterization of striatum-mediated behavior and neurochemistry in the DJ-1 knock-out rat model of Parkinson's disease', Neurobiology of Disease, 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nbd.2019.104673
    Journal articles | 2020
    Gibson AS; Keefe KA; Furlong TM, 2020, 'Accelerated habitual learning resulting from L-dopa exposure in rats is prevented by N-acetylcysteine', Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 198, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pbb.2020.173033
    Journal articles | 2020
    Mo M; Jönsson ME; Mathews MA; Johnstone D; Ke YD; Ittner LM; Balleine BW; Furlong TM; Camp AJ, 2020, 'K369I Tau Mice Demonstrate a Shift Towards Striatal Neuron Burst Firing and Goal-directed Behaviour', Neuroscience, 449, pp. 46 - 62, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2020.09.023
    Journal articles | 2020
    Sengul G; Liang H; Furlong TM; Paxinos G, 2020, 'Dorsal Horn of Mouse Lumbar Spinal Cord Imaged with CLARITY', BioMed Research International, 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2020/3689380
    Journal articles | 2018
    Furlong TM; Corbit LH; Brown RA; Balleine BW, 2018, 'Methamphetamine promotes habitual action and alters the density of striatal glutamate receptor and vesicular proteins in dorsal striatum', Addiction Biology, 23, pp. 857 - 867, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/adb.12534
    Journal articles | 2017
    Furlong TM; Supit ASA; Corbit LH; Killcross S; Balleine BW, 2017, 'Pulling habits out of rats: adenosine 2A receptor antagonism in dorsomedial striatum rescues meth-amphetamine-induced deficits in goal-directed action', Addiction Biology, 22, pp. 172 - 183, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/adb.12316
    Journal articles | 2017
    Hirst CS; Stamp LA; Bergner AJ; Hao MM; Tran MX; Morgan JM; Dutschmann M; Allen AM; Paxinos G; Furlong TM; McKeown SJ; Young HM, 2017, 'Kif1bp loss in mice leads to defects in the peripheral and central nervous system and perinatal death', Scientific Reports, 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-16965-3
    Journal articles | 2017
    Parkes SL; Furlong TM; Black AD; Balleine BW, 2017, 'Intermittent feeding alters sensitivity to changes in reward value', Appetite, 113, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2017.02.009
    Journal articles | 2017
    Sheth C; Furlong TM; Keefe KA; Taha SA, 2017, 'The lateral hypothalamus to lateral habenula projection, but not the ventral pallidum to lateral habenula projection, regulates voluntary ethanol consumption', Behavioural Brain Research, 328, pp. 195 - 208, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2017.04.029
    Journal articles | 2016
    Furlong TM; Duncan JR; Corbit LH; Rae CD; Rowlands BD; Maher AD; Nasrallah FA; Milligan CJ; Petrou S; Lawrence AJ; Balleine BW, 2016, 'Toluene inhalation in adolescent rats reduces flexible behaviour in adulthood and alters glutamatergic and GABAergic signalling', Journal of Neurochemistry, 139, pp. 806 - 822, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jnc.13858
    Journal articles | 2016
    Furlong TM; Leavitt LS; Keefe KA; Son JH, 2016, 'Methamphetamine-, d-Amphetamine-, and p-Chloroamphetamine-Induced Neurotoxicity Differentially Effect Impulsive Responding on the Stop-Signal Task in Rats', Neurotoxicity Research, 29, pp. 569 - 582, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12640-016-9605-9
    Journal articles | 2016
    Furlong TM; Richardson R; McNally GP, 2016, 'Habituation and extinction of fear recruit overlapping forebrain structures', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 128, pp. 7 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2015.11.013
    Journal articles | 2016
    Sheth C; Furlong TM; Keefe KA; Taha SA, 2016, 'Lesion of the rostromedial tegmental nucleus increases voluntary ethanol consumption and accelerates extinction of ethanol-induced conditioned taste aversion', Psychopharmacology, 233, pp. 3737 - 3749, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00213-016-4406-7
    Journal articles | 2015
    Furlong TM; Pan MJ; Corbit LH, 2015, 'The effects of compound stimulus extinction and inhibition of noradrenaline reuptake on the renewal of alcohol seeking', Translational Psychiatry, 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/tp.2015.130
    Journal articles | 2015
    Parkes SL; Furlong TM; Naneix F, 2015, 'Commentary: Cafeteria diet impairs expression of sensory-specific satiety and stimulus-outcome learning', Frontiers in Psychology, 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00536
    Journal articles | 2014
    Furlong TM; Jayaweera HK; Balleine BW; Corbit LH, 2014, 'Binge-like consumption of a palatable food accelerates habitual control of behavior and is dependent on activation of the dorsolateral striatum', Journal of Neuroscience, 34, pp. 5012 - 5022, http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3707-13.2014
    Journal articles | 2014
    Furlong TM; Mcdowall LM; Horiuchi J; Polson JW; Dampney RAL, 2014, 'The effect of air puff stress on c-Fos expression in rat hypothalamus and brainstem: Central circuitry mediating sympathoexcitation and baroreflex resetting', European Journal of Neuroscience, 39, pp. 1429 - 1438, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ejn.12521
    Journal articles | 2013
    Cole S; Furlong TM; Perry CJ, 2013, 'Recruitment of multiple pathways to ventral tegmental area during cocaine-seeking behavior', Journal of Neuroscience, 33, pp. 2239 - 2241, http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5338-12.2013
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dampney RAL; Furlong TM; Horiuchi J; Iigaya K, 2013, 'Role of dorsolateral periaqueductal grey in the coordinated regulation of cardiovascular and respiratory function', Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical, 175, pp. 17 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autneu.2012.12.008
    Journal articles | 2011
    Marchant NJ; Furlong TM; McNally GP, 2011, 'Medial dorsal hypothalamus mediates the inhibition of reward seeking after extinction', Journal of Neuroscience, 31, http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4079-10.2010
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dampney R; Lam A; Horiuchi J; McDowall L; Furlong T; Iiigaya K; Polson J, 2010, 'HYPOTHALAMIC REGIONS ACTIVATED DURING VOLUNTARY EXERCISE AND AIRPUFF STARTLE', FASEB JOURNAL, 24, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000208675501427&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Journal articles | 2009
    Furlong TM; Vianna D; Liu L; Carrive P, 2009, 'Hypocretin/orexin contributes to the expression of some but not all forms of stress and arousal', European Journal of Neuroscience, 30, pp. 1603 - 1614, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1460-9568.2009.06952.x
    Journal articles | 2007
    Furlong TM; Carrive P, 2007, 'Neurotoxic lesions centered on the perifornical hypothalamus abolish the cardiovascular and behavioral responses of conditioned fear to context but not of restraint', Brain Research, 1128, pp. 107 - 119
    Journal articles | 2005
    Morris RW; Furlong TM; Westbrook RF, 2005, 'Recent exposure to a dangerous context impairs extinction and reinstates lost fear reactions', Journal of Experimental Psychology - Animal Behavior Processes, 31, pp. 40 - 55
  • Preprints | 2023
    Leung B; Merlin S; Walker A; Lawther A; Paxinos G; Eapen V; Clarke R; Balleine B; Furlong T, 2023, Immp2l knockdown increases stimulus-driven instrumental behaviour but does not alter goal-directed learning or neuron density in cortico-striatal circuits in a mouse model of Tourette syndrome and autism spectrum disorder, , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2023.02.12.528225
    Conference Abstracts | 2022
    Kostoglou Y; Tao A; McCaffrey D; Chan RJ; Vardy JL; Furlong T; Lawther AJ; Walker AK, 2022, 'Angiotensin receptor 1 blockade blocks cancer-induced memory impairment in a mouse model of breast cancer', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY, Vol. 18, pp. 72 - 73, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000871956500064&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2022
    Kostoglou Y; Tao A; McCaffrey D; Chan RJ; Vardy JL; Furlong T; Lawther AJ; Walker AK, 2022, 'Developing resources to support Australian families to care for someone at the end of their life: A literature review, scoping study and qualitative study', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY, Vol. 18, pp. 72 - 72, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000871956500063&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Furlong TM; Carrive P, 2004, 'The perifornical region of the hypothalamus is involved in the cardiovascular respone of conditioned fear but not restraint stress', in Australian Neuroscience Soc, pp. 265 - 265, presented at Australian Neuroscience Soc. 15

2021: Alkaloids derived from Phalaris plants as a novel model of alpha-synucleinopathy. UNSW Medicine Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addictions Theme seed grant. Dr Furlong, Dr Tayebi, Dr Merlin, Prof Carrive, Prof Killcross, Dr Harman. $40,000.

2021-2023: Bioinspired Flexible Haptic Memory Materials for Artificial Sensory Nerves. ARC Discovery Project. A/Prof Chu, Dr Peng, Dr Cazorla, Dr Furlong, Dr Wu. $381,000.

2020-2022: Multi-modal, multi-scale mapping of the brain. UNSW-CAS Collaborative Research Seed Program. Dr Furlong, Prof Jiang, Prof Fan. $50,000

2020-2021: Mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress in executive function and decision-making. UNSW Medicine Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addictions Theme seed grant. Dr Walker, Prof Eapen, Dr Furlong, Prof Clarke, Prof Balleine, Dr Merlin, A/Prof Karl. $40,000.

2019-2021: Characterising deficits in brain development associated with the IMMP2L gene knockdown. ARC strategic Initiative Project- Centre of Excellence. Prof Paxinos, Dr Furlong, Dr Merlin, Prof Balleine. $86,000.

2018-2021: Preventing the effect of high-calorie food on habitual eating using an orexin-1 receptor antagonist. Rebecca L. Cooper Foundation Grant. Dr Furlong. $100,000.

2019-2021: Utilizing a DREADDs approach to treat the motor and cognitive symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s NSW seed grant. Dr Furlong, Dr Merlin. $55,000.

2018: L-dopa and dopamine dysregulation syndrome in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s NSW seed grant. Dr Furlong, Prof Balleine, Prof Paxinos. $20,000.

2018-2019: Distribution and function of inhibitory interneurons in the cortex as a function of age. ARC Strategic Initiative Project- Centre of Excellence. Prof Paxinos, Dr Furlong, Dr Merlin. $30,000.

My Teaching

ANAT3411 Neuroanatomy

NEUR4441/4442/4443 Neuroscience honours research