Since establishing the Childhood Dementia Research Group in 2002, I have dedicated my research career to the study of disease pathogenesis in and treatment of brain disease in Sanfilippo syndrome, an inherited neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder (LSD) that causes childhood dementia.
Here are some recent media interviews that explain what childhood dementia means for families:
Here is a link to the 'State of Childhood Dementia' Report produced by the Childhood Dementia Initiative in October 2022 https://www.childhooddementia.org/news/state-of-childhood-dementia-2022. I think you will agree that there is much we need to do to improve the longevity and quality of life for patients with these devastating disorders.
I presently lead and coordinate a multi-disciplinary team and a comprehensive, innovative translational research program that is seeking to:
Our goal is to enable the implementation of existing technologies for newborn screening for neurodegenerative LSDs in Australia and beyond, therapeutic intervention at the earliest possible stage and thus the greatest improvement in patient quality and quantity of life to be achieved.
PhD (2000), Flinders University
B. App. Sci. (1991), University of South Australia
2018 - SAHMRI Translation and Impact Award – Childhood Dementia Research Group (team award)
2017 - University of Adelaide Alice Davey Award – Childhood Dementia Research Group (team award)
FHMRI Neuroscience Lead
Head, Childhood Dementia Research Group
Co-Chair, Gender, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee, CMPH, Flinders University
Dean's Commendation - MAR 2021