• Professor Simon Lewis - Neurologist Neurodegenerative Disease

As a neurologist, I lobby, research, listen and learn to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia and Alzheimer’s. This website is devoted to helping those with a neurodegenerative disease sustain a quality of life and to gain trusted knowledge about their condition.

Welcome to the Video Library

Video List

Tips for long haul travel

Concerns around long haul travel are often heightened in people with Neurodegenerative conditions like Dementia, Parkinson’s and related diseases. Identifying strategies...

Pregnancy in Parkinson’s Disease

Pregnancy is not a frequent topic in Parkinson’s patients but with around 5% of patients being under 40y, this issue does...

Community Support Services

Navigating Community Support Services in Australia is a challenge. Watch Prof Simon Lewis interviewing Clinical Nurse Consultant, Marilia Pereira about myagedcare...

Tips for long haul travel

Concerns around long haul travel are often heightened in people with Neurodegenerative conditions like Dementia, Parkinson’s and related diseases. Identifying strategies...

Community Support Services

Navigating Community Support Services in Australia is a challenge. Watch Prof Simon Lewis interviewing Clinical Nurse Consultant, Marilia Pereira about myagedcare...

Medicinal Cannabis

Everybody is interested to know the role of Medicinal Cannabis in dementia, Parkinson’s and other brain diseases.  Get some insights here into...

Disease Modifying Approaches – new treatments for Parkinson’s Disease. Interview with Roger Barker

Prof Simon Lewis (www.profsimonlewis.com) interviews international authority Prof Roger Barker about where the new treatment approaches for Parkinson’s Disease might come...

Cell Based Therapies (‘Stem Cells’ for Parkinson’s) – Interview with Roger Barker

So I was delighted because I managed to track down Professor Roger Barker who is my hero, my mentor and someone who really leads...

Young Onset Parkinson's Conference 2017

Fake News in Parkinson’s – Young Onset Conference 2017

To tackle all of those things that you will have seen you will have heard and I think the overriding message...

Ongoing Research

To progress our understanding of neurodegenerative conditions, the research team led by Prof Simon Lewis has won a number of grants and awards from a range of sources including the National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC) of Australia, the Australian Research Council, the Michael J Fox Foundation, as well as the University of Sydney itself, which funds promising projects under its Sydney Research Excellence Initiative 2020 (SREI 2020).

These research projects cover many different areas including trying to develop diagnostic blood tests, better understanding and management of specific symptoms such as gait disturbance, memory problems, hallucinations and sleep problems, as well trying to predict who will develop neurodegenerative diseases to allow treatment at the earliest possible stage.

This latter project specifically focuses on sleep and circadian disruption and its significance in the development of brain disorders. This project has led to the creation of an internationally renowned team of experts who are using novel approaches to study enriched cohorts of individuals who have been identified as having specific risk factors associated with the development of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Capitalising on the clinical practice of Prof Simon Lewis within a research centre has enabled the team to recruit volunteers to undergo extensive testing at regular intervals. Through this approach the team will be able to evaluate the ability of biological markers to predict the emergence of brain disease.

About my Work

When I initially undertook my research at the University of Cambridge, UK, I became passionate about changing the lives of people living with neurodegenerative brain disease. Seeing the difficulties experienced by patients and their families led me to specialise in this field and I remain committed to making a difference. You could say that I am passionate about this, some might argue obsessed.

To hopefully help as many people as possible, I’ve created this website to summarise information about these conditions in a series of short, easily understood videos.

The video library will be updated regularly to keep pace with recent findings and research in these areas.

I am a NHMRC Practitioner Fellow working as a Consultant Neurologist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and as Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sydney. I am also the Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Research Clinic at the Brain and Mind Centre and lead the NSW Movement Disorders Brain Donor program.

As a specialist neurologist I am interested in newly diagnosed and advanced Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, with expertise in freezing of gait, hallucinations, memory problems and sleep disturbances.

Simon Lewis MBBCh BSc FRCP FRACP MD
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