My current research encompasses treatment strategies and biomarker discovery for Motor Neuron Disease (also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). We are world leaders in urinary biomarker discovery, validation and translation.
I also lead the translational Ian Davis Flinders University Biomarker facility, where we have robotically scaled-up urinary biomarker p75ECD testing for MND/ ALS clinical trials and research.
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 can be found in the FMC, room 6E140, 6E409.
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
MNDRIA Innovator Grant 2019/2020/2021/2022
FightMND Impact Grant 2020-22
FightMND Translational Grant - establish Flinders MND Biomarker Facility (2018-2020)
National Institute of Health U01 Collaborative Grant - the CReATE biomarker collaboration (2018-2025) U01NS107027
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 FHMRI, College of Medicine & Public Health
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
Chair of the Australia wide MND Collective Discovery Research Driving Team (2021-)
MND South Australia Board Member (2018-)
Lead of Flinders Medical Research Institute Biomarker Collective (2021-)
Australasian Neuroscience Society member
Australasian Neuroscience Society Adelaide 2104/2019, Local organizing Committee
Chair of the AERSC, Flinders University Animal Welfare Committee (2016-)
Member of Flinders University Animal Welfare Committee (frrom Dec 15 2015)
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