About my work
I am a Neurologist who has sub-specialised in degenerative diseases of the brain including Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease and related conditions. I work as a Clinical Academic seeing patients and conducting research to improve our understanding and treatment of these brain disorders.
My research program is intentionally broad but highly integrated and directed towards improving the lives of people living with neurodegenerative brain diseases. I have previously utilised a range of novel techniques including neuroimaging (brain scanning), neurophysiology (e.g. recording brain waves), neuropathology (I head the NSW Movement Disorders Brain Donor Program), chronobiology (e.g. measuring melatonin), neurogenetics and other peripheral biomarkers from blood tests. Check out the videos on this website to learn more.
These approaches have been used to evaluate a variety of symptoms including dementia, gait disturbance, sleep-wake problems and hallucinations. Some of these approaches are targeting patients who are troubled by specific symptoms, whereas other work is focused on predicting who will develop degenerative diseases at the earliest possible point in time so as to increase our chances of preventing, slowing or curing these conditions. To this end, I am currently conducting a series of disease modifying drug trials in patients who have been diagnosed with degenerative brain disease. Furthermore, in this role I also train and mentor junior doctors, nurses and a range of research students. I invest in these people because of the hope and care that they deliver patients and because I believe that they will lead the next generation in fighting these diseases.
Whilst my research to date has attracted significant funding from a range of sources including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the international Michael J Fox Foundation there is always more to be done. Research funding is highly competitive and the limited resources available mean that important studies are just not being conducted. Click on the link, if you’d like to learn about how you could support my work.