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Mark Bellgrove is Director of Research at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, and a Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience in the School of Psychological Sciences, at Monash University, where he leads a multidisciplinary team studying the biological basis of attention and cognitive control. His laboratory comprises state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience suites alongside molecular facilities for functional genomics. His group has made significant progress in defining the molecular genetic architecture and neurochemical drivers of attention and cognitive control

Professor Bellgrove has been at the forefront of international efforts to identify objective and quantifiable indices of genetic risk, termed endophenotypes, for ADHD. His early work identified reliable linkages between catecholamine risk genes for ADHD and distinct neurocognitive profiles. This work was published in high impact journals, has attracted high citations and continues to be influential in shaping the way the field approaches the issue of clinical and aetiological heterogeneity that besets psychiatric genetics. With papers in top-tier journals including Molecular PsychiatryNature Neuroscience, Nature Human Behaviour, Neuron and the Journal of Neuroscience, Professor Bellgrove is a recognized international expert on the molecular genetics of attention and attention deficit. The research achievements of Professor Bellgrove have been recognized with awards from NARSAD (USA), the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and Biological Psychiatry Australia. In 2021 he was elected to Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA). In 2021 he was also recognised as Supervisor of the Year within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University.

His programme of research is funded by both the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and Australian Research Council (ARC). He is currently a Senior Research Fellow (Level B) of the NHMRC.

In 2016 Professor Bellgrove founded the Australian ADHD Professionals Association (AADPA), an interdisciplinary group devoted to advancing evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in Australia.  He has recently led the development of the Australian evidence-based clinical practice guideline for ADHD, following an NHMRC approved process.  

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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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

Adjunct Professor, Trinity College Dublin

1 Jan 2013 → …

Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland

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Research area keywords

  • cognitive neuroscience
  • psychiatric genetics
  • attention
  • cognitive control
  • ADHD

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