My current research encompasses treatment strategies and biomarker discovery for Motor Neuron Disease (also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).
After completing a PhD at Adelaide University in December 2003, I undertook postdoctoral studies in the Neurotrophic Laboratory at Flinders University. I now lead the research undertaken in the Neurotrophic Laboratory.
My lab webpage can be found at: http://www.flinders.edu.au/neuroscience/lab_mnd.html
PhD, Adelaide University (Medicine)
B.Ag.Sc, First Class Honours (Animal Sciences)
Winnovation 2018 Award, Winner, Technology
Charcot Prize - top ranked MNDRIA grant for 2018
Winnovation 2017 Award, Science Finalist - Highly Commended
MNDRIA Innovator Grant 2019
FightMND Translational Grant - establish Flinders MND Biomarker Facility (2018-2019)
National Institute of Health U01 Collaborative Grant - the CReATE biomarker collaboration (2018-2022)
NHMRC Project Grant 2016-2018 (SMN immunogene therapy for motor neuron disorders, APP 1104299)
National Institutes of Health (United States) ( sub contract 2015-16) p75 as a progression Biomarker U54NS092091-01
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association 2014-2016 (USA) 15-IIP-193, A Urinary Biomarker To Track Progression of ALS in Humans
MNDRIA Grant in AID 2016 & 2017
Cure for MND 2015
MNDIA Grants in AID 2011-2014
I am head of the Motor Neurone Disease and Neurotrophic Research Laboratory in the Department of Human Physiology.
Motor Neuron Disease - developing novel treatment strategies, biomarkers and causative factors for motor neuron disease.
Neurotrophins and neurotrophin receptors - how they function in the nervous system and immune system.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Postgraduate Seminar Prize - DEC 2015
Vice Chancellor's Prize for Thesis excellence - APR 2016
Flinders University Centre for Neuroscience Kathleen V. Russell Prize in Neurobiology - DEC 2014
Poster Prize, Flinders University School of Medicine PhD Student Day - OCT 2015
Poster Prize, Flinders University Centre for Neuroscience Collaborators Day 2013 - SEP 2013
Highly Commended Poster Prize, International ALS/MND Symposium, Brussels, Belgium - DEC 2014
MND South Australia Board Member (from May 2018)
Australasian Neuroscience Society member
Australasian Neuroscience Society Adelaide 2104, Local organizing Committee
Centre for Neuroscience Flinders University Executive
Deputy Chair Flinders University Animal Ethics Review Sub-Committee (from Dec 15 2015),
Member of Flinders University Animal Welfare Committee (frrom Dec 15 2015)
South Australian Neuroscience Institute 'Science Alive'
MND South Australia - Ice Bucket Challenge 2014
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