Professor Simon Lewis

Professor Simon Lewis, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, The University of Sydney.

Simon is a Consultant Neurologist who trained in the UK at the University of Cambridge, Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery London. After relocating to Australia in 2007, he developed his clinical career at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown before moving all of his clinical work to be collocated with his research at the NeuroSleep Clinic at the Brain and Mind Centre.

As well as his role as a neurologist, Simon is also a Clinical Academic, having published over 200 peer reviewed papers, and has attracted over $5 Million in funding from various sources including the NHMRC, ARC and Michael J Fox Foundation in support of support his research interests targeting Parkinson’s and related conditions. He frequently lectures at local support group meetings and is a regular invited speaker at both national and international meetings. In 2014, the Australia and New Zealand Association of Neurologists awarded him the Leonard Cox Award for achievements as an early career Neurologist who has already made a significant contribution to neuroscience. Most recently, he has been appointed as the Clinical Lead for the Australian Parkinson’s Mission, a federal government initiative to establish a program of disease modifying trials.

For further information about Simon and his research program, please visit his website.

Forefront Group:

  • Dominantly Inherited Non-Alzheimer Dementias (DINAD) Research Group Leader
  • BMC Lewy Body Disease Research Group Leader
  • BMC Parkinson's Disease Research Group Leader
  • CRE CogSleep Group
  • BMC REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder Research group Leaeder

Affiliate Organisations

Macquarie University, UTS Sydney, Kings College London, Radboud University, Nijmegen, University of Cambridge, University of Newcastle, Oregon Health and Science University, Virginia Commonwealth University


  • Neurologist
  • Movement Disorders
  • Dementia

Neurodegeneration of interest

PD, DLB, MSA, PSP, Sleep disorders, Ageing

Specific Skills

  • Neurogenetics
  • Brain Imaging
  • Disease modifying drug trials
  • Chronobiology
  • Biomarkers
  • Neuropathology
  • Postgraduate training


  • Granting body: NHMRC. Investigator: Lewis SJG. Investigator Grant #1195830; Years and amount: $3,738,220.00, 2021-2025.
  • Granting body: Michael J Fox Foundation. Investigators: Feigl B, Zele AJ, Kerr G and Lewis SJG; Michael J. Fox Foundation Therapeutic Pipeline Program: Photoreceptor-directed light therapy in Parkinson’s disease, Years and amount: $855,000, 2021-2023.
  • Granting body: NHMRC. Investigators: Naismith SL, Grunstein RR, Lewis SJG, Phillips C, D’Rozario A, Hoyos C, Rajaratnam S, Halliday GM, Martins R, Lagopoulos J. Centre of Research Excellence Grant (#1152945): Optimise Sleep in Brain Ageing and Neurodegeneration (CogSleep); Years and amount: $2,500,000, 2019-2023.
  • Granting body: NHMRC. Investigators: Halliday GM, Hodges JR, Lewis SJG, Piguet O, Kril J, Kwok J, Villemagne V, Rowe D, Kiernan M, McKeith I; Dementia Research Team Grant (#1095127): Non-Alzheimer’s disease degenerative dementias - identifying prodromal genetic/familial phenotypes and modifying factors, and protein variations involved in progression; Years and amount: $6,5000,000, 2015-2021.