Professor Kim Hemsley


College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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 large and small animal models of Sanfilippo syndrome, a neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder that causes childhood dementia.

Here is a recent media interview that explains what childhood dementia means for families:

I presently lead and coordinate a multi-disciplinary team and a comprehensive, innovative translational research program that is seeking to develop tools for predicting the rate of symptom-onset/disease-progression in Sanfilippo syndrome, elucidate the basis of neurogenic disease thereby providing a cogent target for therapies, evaluate novel treatments and provide biomarkers for monitoring therapeutic efficacy.

Our goal is to enable the implementation of existing technologies for newborn screening for all 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.

**** An Honours scholarship ($5000) is available for full-time mid-year Honours (2021-2022).

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**** Two Honours scholarships ($5000 each) are available for full-time Honours in 2022.

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PhD (2000), Flinders University

B. App. Sci. (1991), University of South Australia

Honours, awards and grants

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)

Key responsibilities

Head, Childhood Dementia Research Group

Supervisory interests
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Childhood Dementia (2)
Associate supervisor: Childhood Dementia (1)
Principal supervisor: Childhood Dementia (3), Huntington's disease (1)
Associate supervisor: Alzheimer's disease (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Andrew Shoubridge

Dean's Commendation - MAR 2021