I am the Professor of Neuroscience at the University of New South Wales with a major reputation in the area of pathology of neurodegenerative diseases. I work at Neuroscience Research Australia as a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (nationally-competitive full-time medical researcher since 1990), Head of their Ageing and Neurodegeneration Research Programme (core area of research is neurodegenerative diseases, 11 faculty, 17 Research Officers) and Director of the Sydney Brain Bank (a national research facility funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia).
I am the Past President of the Australian Neuroscience Society (professional body with over 1,000 members nationally), a committee member for a number of international organizations, including the International Brain Research Organization (a member organization of UNESCO) and was appointed to the Academy of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia in 2008. I have published over 300 research articles and book chapters and two books, the most recent on Parkinson’s disease. My published works have been cited over 8,500 times and my H index is 49 (Web of Science Jan 2011). My early work established the more widespread pathology now accepted as integral to Parkinson’s disease, and we were the first to recognize the association between visual hallucinations and cortical Lewy body formation.
My group is also internationally recognized for work on genetic forms of Alzheimer’s disease (I am part of the NIH/NIA international consortia for the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) #AG032438-01 (US$3m)), and my research is integral to the international Frontotemporal Dementia Research Group (FRONTIER). This group published the first survival and longitudinal analyses of these disorders and developed the first predictive clinical assessment tools.