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I am a senior research fellow in the Department of Neuroscience, within the Central Clinical School. I also lead the Neuroimmunology, Neuroinflammation and Neurological Diseases Laboratory. I have a strong passion to understand how neuroinflammation can lead to neurological diseases.

I do science because of the patients that I see as a neurologist. It is extremely important to have a patient-centred focus – my science has to be patient-centred as well as my clinical work. Too often patients are seen as being the last piece of the puzzle once research is complete. I believe that patients are genuine partners that need to provide their real-time feedback to inform the work that we do in our laboratory. 

I am also a Consultant Neurologist at Alfred and Melbourne Health. I am the Head of the Neuroimmunology Service at Alfred Health. My clinical interests and expertise are neuroimmunological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune Encephalitis, and other central nervous system inflammatory and autoimmune disorders.

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

Neuroimmunology, Fellowship, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Award Date: 30 Dec 2017

Neurology, Neurology Specialist Qualification - FRACP, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

Award Date: 20 Oct 2017

Physician Training, Fellow of the Australian College of Physicians, FRACP Australiasian College of Physicians

Award Date: 29 Jul 2014

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 4 Dec 2010

Neuroscience, Neuroimmunology, PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 4 Dec 2010

Neuroscience, Bachelor of Science Honours, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 4 Dec 2004

External positions

Head of Neuroimmunology Service , Alfred Health

20 Jun 2021 → …

Research area keywords

  • neurology
  • neuroimmunology
  • neuroinflammation
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Autoimmune Encephalitis
  • Gliomas
  • Microglia / monocytes
  • Purinergic receptors
  • P2X7R


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