RESEARCH MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
“The Research Management Council are a multidisciplinary team responsible for monitoring and reviewing applications and recommending grant allocations.”
BSc (Hons), MB, ChB, MRCP(UK), PhD, FRACP
Professor Simon Broadley is Dean and Head of the School of Medicine at Griffith University. He is also a Senior Staff Specialist in Neurology at the Gold Coast Hospital.
Professor Broadley undertook undergraduate studies at the University of Manchester, before completing his basic physician training in Liverpool and advanced training in neurology in Bristol. As part of his advanced training in neurology, he completed his studies with a Doctor of Philosophy in a thesis entitled “The Genetics of a Complex Trait: Multiple Sclerosis”.
Previously, Professor Broadley was a foundation member of the School of Medicine faculty at Griffith University. Since being engaged at the Griffith University, he has been instrumental in setting up the Griffith Graduate Entry Medical Program through his role as a Coordinator, and more recently as the Head of the School and Dean of Medicine. He continues to contribute to the neurological service at Gold Coast Hospital through the MS Clinic and general neurology service. His research interests include the epidemiology and genetics of MS, neuromyelitis optica and SUNCT syndrome, as well as clinical trials of novel therapeutic agents for multiple sclerosis.
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Dr Young is currently an NHMRC research fellow and the Inaugural winner of the Metcalf Prize for Stem Cell Research from the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia.
Associate Professor Young received her PhD for research on adult neural stem cell function and behaviour from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, University of Melbourne. Associate Professor Young assisted with the successful establishment of the Queensland Brain Institute, before securing a postdoctoral research position at University College London, where she received the ‘Collaborative career development award for stem cell research’.
In 2011, Associate Professor Kaylene Young accepted a Group Leader role, heading up the ‘Glial Research Laboratory’ at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania. Her research aims to improve our understanding of the purpose and potential of immature cell populations in the mature nervous system. In particular, she has been characterising the behaviour, and more recently, the function of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in healthy adulthood and their ability to repair the central nervous system under conditions that model Multiple Sclerosis.
MBBS, FRACP, PhDRead More
Associate Professor Michael Barnett is a consultant neurologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, a senior academic at the University of Sydney, and the Director of the MS Society Clinic and MS Clinical Trials Unit at the Brain and Mind Centre. Further, he is Director of the MS Research Australia Brain Bank, a member of the Australian MS Clinical Trials Network Scientific Committee, a co-founder of the Sydney Neuroimaging Analysis Centre, and is a council member to the Nerve Research Foundation at the University of Sydney.
Professor Barnett trained in neurology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and received further subspecialty training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. He subsequently completed a PhD in MS pathophysiology at the University of Sydney. Dr Barnett has particular research interests in the neuropathology, pathogenesis, proteomics and neuroimaging of MS.
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Professor Alan Baxter is the Head of Molecular and Cell Biology and Director of the Comparative Genomics Centre at James Cook University. Currently, he is a member of the Council of the Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania and sits on the Council of the International Union of Immunological Societies.
Professor Baxter’s research focuses on the immunogenetics of autoimmune diseases, in both patients and mouse models of disease, including Multiple Sclerosis. He is a medical graduate who completed a PhD in immunogenetics at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, worked as a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School in the USA, and was engaged as a Supervisor in Pathology for Trinity College at the Cambridge University in the UK.
Previously, Alan Baxter has been a member of the Australasian Society for Immunology, of which he has been President for two years.
Bmed sci, MB.BS, MD, FRACPRead More
Professor Bruce Taylor is a medical graduate from the University of Tasmania and completed his neurology training in Western Australia and at the Mayo Clinic Rochester Minnesota. He returned to Australia in 1996 and commenced neurology practice in Hobart, Tasmania. In 2004, Bruce Taylor accepted his first academic appointment at the University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine, followed by a position as the Principal Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research funded by the University of Tasmania Quantum Leap Fellowship.
Over the last 15 years he has developed a significant interest in the environmental and genetic factors that contribute to the onset and progression of MS. This has included a particular interest in the role of personal UVR exposure and vitamin D. His work has resulted in over 180 publications including in high ranking international journals including Nature, Nature Genetics, Lancet and JAMA. He has received over 10 million dollars in competitive research funding and research fellowships including 9 NHMRC grants, an ARC linkage grant, a NZ HRC grant and a grant from the US National MS Society. In addition he has received over 20 additional grants from local funding bodies.
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Dr Parratt is a Consultant Neurologist at Royal North Shore Hospital and the University of Sydney, alongside being engaged as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney.
Dr Parratt specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of neuroinflammatory diseases. His research interests are in the pathogenesis and pathology of neuroinflammatory diseases including multiple sclerosis, the epidemiology of multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica, and the targets and pathogenic mechanisms of autoantibodies in diseases of the central nervous system.
Previously, Dr Parratt received a recognition from the FRACP and was engaged as a Medical Registrar at the Gold Coast Hospital, followed by his engagement as a Neurology Registrar at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
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Frederic Meunier is currently a Professor of Neurobiology at The University of Queensland.
Professor Meunier obtained his PhD in Neurobiology at the CNRS in Gif-sur-Yvette, in France. He was the recipient of a European Biotechnology Fellowship, after which he joined the Queensland Brain Institute of the University of Queensland in 2007 and obtained an NHMRC senior research fellowship in 2009, which was renewed 5 years later alongside a promotion. Following his renewed research fellowship, Professor Meunier was promoted to Professor.
Frederic Meunier laboratory works on the mechanism of vesicular trafficking in neurons and has identified a critical role for the lipid phosphatidylinositol (4,5) bisphosphate in coordinating an actin-mediated recruitment of secretory vesicles to the plasma membrane, with many studies published in high impact journals such as Nature Communications, Cell Reports, PNAS, EMBO J, J Neuroscience and Journal of Cell Biology.
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Associate Professor Tomas Kalincik is the head of the Clinical Outcomes Research (CORe) Unit at the University of Melbourne and of the Melbourne Multiple Sclerosis Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Together with his research group, CORe, Tomas specialises in analytics of observational data in neurology and is an active participant in the global MSBase network. He has led a number of international collaborative research initiatives – including studies of comparative treatment effectiveness, management of treatment failure and individual treatment response. His main research interests span treatment outcomes in MS and other neuroimmunological diseases, individualised therapy, prognostics (including emerging biomarkers), causal inference, epidemiology and utility of volumetric MRI. He is the convenor of the international CORe Advanced Statistics Course, endorsed by the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS.
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Dr Heidi Beadnall is a Staff Specialist Neurologist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Clinical Lecturer at the Brain and Mind Centre, the University of Sydney. She is also an investigator in the MS Clinical Trials Unit based at the Brain and Mind Centre. Her main areas of interest are multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology. She was awarded a PhD in the use of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging brain atrophy measurement techniques in real-world multiple sclerosis patients, with regard to clinical correlations and use in MS clinical practice.
MBChB PhD FRACP FRCPARead More
Dr Riminton is a Clinical Immunologist and Immunopathologist at Concord, and Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Sydney. He is Head of Department of Immunology at Concord Hospital. His clinical subspecialty interests include immune pharmacotherapy, patient safety risk management, multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology, HIV medicine and other immunodeficiency. He co-founded the Neuroimmunology clinical service at Concord Hospital with Assoc Prof Stephen Reddel.
Dr Riminton’s research background includes molecular basis of autoimmune pathology in the central nervous system, the role of vaccine adjuvants on autoimmune pathology, primary immunodeficiency, the relationship between cancer and immunity, immunoglobulin therapy, and immunosuppression risk management. He is a Fellow of the National Blood Authority of Australia and was a medical advisor to the Plasma Fractionation Review and IVIg Criteria for Use Committee.
He is the founding Chair of the Immune Deficiency Foundation of Australia, the first Australian national patient representative body for PID. He is co-founder of Medical Safety Systems, a company dedicated to automated systems innovation improving quality of care and risk management plan implementation. Dr Riminton designed and implemented the web-based ASCIA Register of Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PID) for Australia and New Zealand (www.immunodeficiency.org.au), and is a founding investigator on the Australia and New Zealand Antibody Deficiency Allele Study (ANZ-ADA).
Social and Applied Research Sub-Committee
B.App.Sci (Physio), Grad.Dip.Neurosci, PhD
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Dr Jennifer McGinley is a Physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer / Deputy Head at the Physiotherapy Department at the University of Melbourne.
Previously, Jennifer’s clinical experience focused on rehabilitation of people with neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis and on the clinical evaluation of movement disorders in a range of neurological conditions. She has a particular interest in developing and evaluating interventions to improve mobility and walking, and the translation of biomechanical evidence to inform clinical practice.
MBChB, PhD, FRACPRead More
Associate Professor Anneke van der Walt is a Neurologist and a Principal Research Fellow at the Central Clinical School, Monash University. She completed her undergraduate training in South Africa before relocating to Australia where she completed specialist training in Neurology and a PhD in Neuroscience under supervision of Professors Trevor Kilpatrick and Helmut Butzkueven at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include treatment of MS tremor, cerebellar dysfunction in MS, and MS cognition. She has additional training in neuro-ophthalmology and works as a consultant at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
BSc(Hons)Psychology Master of Clinical Psychology PhDRead More
Dr Litza Kiropoulos is a senior lecturer and a senior clinical psychologist based in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Dr Kiropoulos is also the Director of the University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic and heads the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Lab.
Dr Kiropoulos works at the nexus of research, clinical practice and clinical education. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working in public mental health. She co-ordinates Clinical Placement 1, Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings and teaches into the Individual and Cultural Diversity, CBT and Advanced Psychological Practice subjects in the Master of Clinical Psychology in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. She has also developed a number of short courses for health professionals and health professionals in training in the areas of compassion fatigue, cross-cultural clinical practice and managing depression and anxiety in chronic illness.
Her research interests include mood and anxiety disorders, transdiagnostic mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of mood, anxiety and eating disorders and the development and evaluation of psychological interventions for depression and anxiety disorders in various populations including clinical, medically ill (multiple sclerosis, cancer) and immigrant populations.
Relating to multiple sclerosis, her research focuses on four areas: 1) the development and evaluation of psychological interventions for depression and anxiety and related issues in people with multiple sclerosis; 2) examination of biomarkers of depression in people with multiple sclerosis; 3) psychological mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of depression and anxiety and related factors (cognitive impairment, fatigue, pain, sleep disturbances) in people with multiple sclerosis; and 4) cognitive changes in people with multiple sclerosis.
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Dr Yasmine Probst is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wollongong and a Research Fellow with the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute. She is recognised as an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics. She is the Honours Coordinator for Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wollongong and coordinator of the Visiting Researcher program for the Smart Foods Centre. Yasmine’s research related to nutrition informatics with a specific focus on food composition. Yasmine works has worked within the clinical trials research team for more than ten years to manage food-based intervention trials with a specific focus on dietary methodology, dietary modeling and food composition. In 2013, she developed a virtual interdisciplinary Centre for Nutrition Informatics and is a leader for food composition data use in Australia.
She is an active member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) previously chairing the Health Informatics Advisory Committee and developing its family friendly conference initiative. She is also chairperson of the clinical informatics community of practice with the Health Informatics Society of Australia and on an advisory committee for food composition with Food Standards Australia New Zealand as well as MS Research Australia’s Research Management Council. She has contributed to nutrition policy and has presented her research at a number of national and international conferences.