David Williams

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Associate Professor David Williams is a highly qualified Australian neurologist with an international reputation for his clinical and research work in Movement Disorders, Headache, Muscle and Nerve disorders.

He is Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurosciences in the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University Melbourne. He is visiting Neurologist The Alfred Hospital. His undergraduate medical training was undertaken at Monash University, where he obtained his medical degree in 1995. He was awarded the Harriet Power Scholarship for Medicine at The Alfred Hospital in the same year. His post-graduate training was undertaken in Melbourne and several hospitals in United Kingdom. He specialised in Neurology, training at The Alfred Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He went on to finish his training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London after which he was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. In London Associate Professor Williams joined the research team at The Reta Lila Weston Institute, and went on to complete a PhD in Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders at The University of London. He worked with Professor Andrew Lees (movement disorders, botulinum toxin treatment), Prof Patricia Limousin (deep brain stimulation surgery), Dr Carla Cordivari (tremor analysis), Prof Peter Brown (basal ganglia neurophysiology) and Prof Tamas Revesz (neuropathology). He developed his interest in scientific research and teaching amongst the students at Queen Square, and coordinated the Neurology Teaching Program and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

During this period of work he was awarded a number of prestigious international prizes for neuroscience research, including:

  • 2007 Institute of Neurology (University College London) The Queen Square Prize (London)
  • 2007 Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists, Leonard Cox Award for Excellence in Neuroscience Research (Alice Springs)
  • 2006 Institute of Neurology, Queen Square Symposium First Prize (London)
  • 2004 Movement Disorders Society, Outstanding Clinical Research Presentation (Rome)
  • 2004 American Academy of Neurology, Alliance Founders Award (San Francisco)

Associate Professor Williams returned to Melbourne as one of the lead clinicians at The Van Cleef Roet Centre for Nervous Diseases, Monash University, where he directed the Movement Disorders Research Program until 2019. His clinical research within the Department included includes clinical trials looking at treatments of various movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, orthostatic tremor and essential tremor. Current research emphases include deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and essential tremor, the genetic basis of dystonia and Parkinson’s disease and molecular studies of Parkinson’s disease neurodegeneration.

Associate Professor Williams has published over 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed medical journals. His published research and book chapters cover topics that include: treatment of headaches; inherited muscle diseases; Parkinson’s disease diagnosis; pathology of neurodegenerative diseases; classification and diagnosis of movement disorders; and neuroimaging. He has served on the Education Committee of the international Movement Disorders Society, the executive of the Movement Disorders Society of Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Headache Society. He has been honorary Medical Adviser for PSP-Australia, acted as a Media Liaison for Parkinson’s Victoria and Co-Chair of the Melbourne Basal Ganglia Club. He has been awarded several scholarships, prizes and research grants, including the Bethlehem Griffiths Award, grants from The Brain Foundation and NH&MRC and a Neuroscience Research Fellowship.

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

Neurosciences, PhD, Clinicopathological correlations in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, University of London

Award Date: 13 Dec 2007


Award Date: 12 Dec 1995

Research area keywords

  • Movement disorders
  • Headache
  • Muscle and nerve disorders
  • Deep brain stiumlation surgery
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Dystonia
  • Essential tremor

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