Anneke Van Der Walt

Assoc Professor

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Early detection of neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis


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Personal profile


A/Prof Anneke van der Walt is an academic Neurologist with subspecialty training in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology as well as neuro-ophthalmology. She leads the MS and Neuro-ophthalmology Research Group at the Central Clinical School, Monash University.

A/Prof van der Walt 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. This was followed by postdoctoral training at the Melbourne Brain Centre, UoM (2013-2017 - postdoc; 2015-2017 - senior research fellow).

A/Prof van der Walt has received substantial competitive fellowship and grant funding, totalling $17,633,282 to date from NHMRC, MRFF, inetrnational funding and several industry grants. 

With a H-index of 26, her peer-reviewed published research has garnered almost 1844 citations to date.  

Van Der Walt Lab

Research interests

A/Prof van der Walt's research interests include cerebellar dysfunction in MS, and MS cognition, and women's health. She leads several large national and international studies on digital biomarkers in MS.

A/Prof van der Walt is also the Chief Operating Officer of the MSBae foundation.  Her clinical roles includes appointments as the HEad, MSNI Unit and Neuro-ophthalmology Service at Alfred Health, Melbourne. 

Supervision interests

A/Prof van der Walt has extensive experience supervising postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, Masters and Honours students. She currently overseas 5 post docs and 5 PhD students. Six PhD students, 1 Masters student and 5 Honours student have sucessfully completed research projects under A/Prof van der Walt's supervision.

Community service


  • MS ATLAS meeting: Chair, Steering committee (Biogen)


  • Atrophy in MS (AIMS) Initiative: Steering committee (Genzyme)
  • MS innovations meeting
  • Steering committee (Novartis, Genzyme)


  • Siponimod advisory Board, (Novartis)
  • MS ATLAS meeting: Steering committee (Biogen)
  • Cladribine advisory board, February (Merck)


  • Cladribine advisory board, (Merck)
  • Advisory Board for Merck Serono


  • Advisory boards for Merck Serono


  • Advisory boards for Bayer Schering

Monash teaching commitment


  • TRM006 Translational Neuroscience Masters Degree. Seminar: Assessment of the anterior visual system and role in translation in multiple sclerosis.


  • Teaching of 3rd year medical students, CCS, Monash University.

University Service

2018 - ongoing

  • Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA): Research Medical Council Grant Panels


  • MSRA Incubator Grants: Round 1 and 2

2017- 2018

  • NHMRC: external assessor, Project Grants 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Melbourne

2 Feb 200831 Oct 2012

Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB), University of Pretoria

31 Jan 199330 Nov 1998

External positions

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

30 Nov 2017 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, Bionics Institute of Australia

1 Feb 2015 → …

Consultant Neuroophthalmologist, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital (RVEEH)

1 Feb 2008 → …

Research area keywords

  • Neuroscience
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Optic neuritis

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