Associate Professor Terry Coyne

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Building: QBI Building #79

Mailing Address

Queensland Brain Institute
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, 4072



Short biography

Research directions

Current collaborations

Selected publications


Short biography

Neurosurgeon, Dr Terry Coyne is an Associate Professor at the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland, and at Bond and Griffith Universities, and is the lead Neurosurgeon for the Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation.

Associate Professor Coyne obtained his medical degree from the University of Queensland in 1983, and trained as a neurosurgeon at the Townsville, Royal Brisbane, and Princess Alexandra Hospitals, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1991.

He participated in a post-graduate Fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada from 1992-1994. He then returned to Brisbane as a Visiting Neurosurgeon at the Royal Brisbane and Royal Children’s Hospitals in addition to establishing a private practice.

In 2005 he became a founding member of BrizBrain & Spine, a private neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine practice, in which he now works full-time.  A particular interest is functional neurosurgery, including deep brain stimulation, which is performed in conjunction with Professor Peter Silburn.  These surgical procedures are performed predominantly for Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia and Tourette's syndrome.  Future directions include neuropsychiatric conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder.

He is a Board Member of the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and incoming President of the Asian-Australasian Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

Research directions

Associate Professor Coyne's research focus is on functional neurosurgery and basal ganglia surgery for movement disorders. He works with a multidisciplinary group which has developed operative techniques including neuroimaging, microelectrode recordings of the human brain and clinical assessment protocols which have attracted significant attention in the Australasia-Pacific region.

The team aims to improve outcomes for patients and assist with the improvement of health care delivery by ongoing research activity. 

Current collaborations


Selected publications 

Fytagoridis, A., Silburn, P. A., Coyne, T. J., & Thevathasan, W. (2016). Understanding the human pedunculopontine nucleus in Parkinson's disease. J Neural Transm (Vienna). doi:10.1007/s00702-016-1505-x

Poortvliet, P. C., Silburn, P. A., Coyne, T. J., & Chenery, H. J. (2015). Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson disease in Australia: current scientific and clinical status. Intern Med J, 45(2), 134-139. doi:10.1111/imj.12656

Tattersall, T. L., Stratton, P. G., Coyne, T. J., Cook, R., Silberstein, P., Silburn, P. A., . . . Sah, P. (2014). Imagined gait modulates neuronal network dynamics in the human pedunculopontine nucleus. Nat Neurosci, 17(3), 449-454. doi:10.1038/nn.3642

Sachdev, P. S., Cannon, E., Coyne, T. J., & Silburn, P. (2012). Bilateral deep brain stimulation of the nucleus accumbens for comorbid obsessive compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome. BMJ Case Rep, 2012. doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006579

Thevathasan, W., Coyne, T. J., Hyam, J. A., Kerr, G., Jenkinson, N., Aziz, T. Z., & Silburn, P. A. (2011). Pedunculopontine Nucleus Stimulation Improves Gait Freezing in Parkinson Disease. Neurosurgery, 69(6), 1248-1254. doi:10.1227/NEU.0b013e31822b6f71

Thevathasan, W., Pogosyan, A., Hyam, J. A., Jenkinson, N., Bogdanovic, M., Coyne, T. J., . . . Brown, P. (2011). A block to pre-prepared movement in gait freezing, relieved by pedunculopontine nucleus stimulation. Brain, 134, 2085-2095. doi:10.1093/brain/awr131

Wilcox, R. A., Cole, M. H., Wong, D., Coyne, T., Silburn, P., & Kerr, G. (2011). Pedunculopontine nucleus deep brain stimulation produces sustained improvement in primary progressive freezing of gait. Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 82(11), 1256-1259. doi:10.1136/jnnp.2010.213462

Castner, J. E., Copland, D. A., Silburn, P. A., Coyne, T. J., Sinclair, F., & Chenery, H. J. (2010). Subthalamic stimulation affects homophone meaning generation in Parkinson's disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14(5), 890.

Thevathasan, W., Silburn, P. A., Brooker, H., Coyne, T. J., Khan, S., Gill, S. S., . . . Brown, P. (2010). The impact of low-frequency stimulation of the pedunculopontine nucleus region on reaction time in parkinsonism. Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 81(10), 1099-1104. doi:10.1136/jnnp.2009.189324

Silberstein, P., Bittar, R. G., Boyle, R., Cook, R., Coyne, T., O'Sullivan, D., . . . Australian, D. B. S. R. G. (2009). Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease: Australian referral guidelines. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 16(8), 1001-1008. doi:10.1016/j.jocn.2008.11.026

Silburn, P. A., Kerr, G. K., Cole, M. H., Coyne, T., Sinclair, F., & Wilcox, R. (2009). Long term bilateral stimulation of the pedunculopontine nucleus improves balance and gait stability and alleviates falls in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 24, S474-S474.  Retrieved from <Go to ISI>://WOS:000266618101661

  White, N., Silberstein, P., Silburn, P., Coyne, T., Cook, R., Jones, L., . . . Mengersen, K. (2009). Predicting motor outcomes following STN DBS for Parkinson's disease: A probabilistic approach. Movement Disorders, 24, S466-S467.  Retrieved from <Go to ISI>://WOS:000266618101640