Spotlight

Our researchers are continually achieving great things within their fields, from publications in high ranking journals, to news and media coverage through to awards and recognitions.

In this section we would like to shine the spotlight on our researchers and celebrate their success.

Features

PUBLICATION
Replication study looking at genetic markers in MND
This was a validation study that examined two short tandem repeats at the NEK1 and STMN2 loci that were recently associated with ALS risk and proposed to be predictive of clinical features.
Published : Jun 2022
PUBLICATION
New protocol to extract DNA and RNA from human CNS tissue
Congratulations to Natalie Grima, from the Macquarie University Centre for MND Research group, for her first author technical study isolating RNA and DNA from postmortem tissues for omics studies in neurodegenerative diseases.
Published : Jun 2022
PUBLICATION
Andrew Montgomery - Drug Discovery Institute’s Early Career Award
Congratulations to Dr Andrew Montgomery for recently being awarded the Drug Discovery Institute’s Early Career Award.
Published : Jun 2022
Purinergic P2X7 Receptor: A Therapeutic Target in ALS
A recent review has been published from the Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery group at the University of Sydney, looking at the potential use of Purinergic P2X7 Receptor as a therapeutic target in ALS
Published : Jun 2022
PUBLICATION
SOD1 proteinopathy in ALS
Congratulations to Ben Trist for his first author paper recently accepted in Brain. This was a collaborative work over 4 years with ForeFront researchers across our group, looking at SOD1 and it's role in ALS.
Published : May 2022
PUBLICATION
New protocol to detect biomarkers in PD
Laura Hughes, a PhD student in Nicolas Dzamko’s lab group, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Florida has recently had a co-first author paper accepted in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience.
Published : May 2022
PUBLICATION
LRRK2 and PD pathogenesis
Congratulations to Laura Hughes and Dr. Diba Ahmadi Rastegar from Nicolas Dzamko’s lab group who have recently published a joint first author paper in npj Parkinson's disease.
Published : May 2022
PUBLICATION
Lipid pathway dysfunction in PD
Congratulations to Jasmin Galper, a recent PhD graduate from Nic Dzamko's lab, for her first author paper looking at lipid changes in LRRK2/Parkinson's disease accepted for publication in Brain.
Published : May 2022
PUBLICATION
Immune responses in the Parkinson's disease brain
Congratulations to Fiona Weiss, a PhD student with Nic Dzamko, for her first author review looking at the immune changes in Parkinson's disease brain tissue, accepted for publication in Neurobiology of disease.
Published : May 2022
GRANTS
Candy Cheung - Dementia Australia project grant
Congratulations to Candy Cheung, from the Frontier lab, for being awarded a Dementia Australia project grant to look at positive behaviour support education program for family carers of people with dementia.
Published : May 2022
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Dr Nikki-Anne Wilson - Graduate Medal for Research Excellence
Congratulations to Dr Nikki-Anne Wilson who recently completed her PhD with the Frontier group and has been awarded The Rita and John Cornforth Graduate Medal for Research Excellence by the University of Sydney.
Published : May 2022
PUBLICATION
Cognitive Fluctuations in Lewy body dementia
This paper, authored by Elie Matar et al, highlights the novel potential diagnostic and therapeutic benefits of dynamic imaging as a biomarker for cognitive fluctuations in lewy body dementia
Published : May 2022
PUBLICATION
The role of the Locus Coeruleus
Congratulations to Gabriel Wainstein, a post graduate student with Mac Shine, on his first-author review published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, suggesting a novel analogy for thinking about the influence of the locus coeruleus
Published : May 2022
PUBLICATION
Biomarkers in FTD and ALS
This review was a joint collaboration of key investigators from our ForeFront group and critically evaluates and explores potential biomarkers that can distinguish FTD and ALS that could ultimately improve patient diagnosis and treatment
Published : May 2022
GRANTS
Yuhong Fu - Defeat MSA Alliance Vaincre AMS Canada Australia and New Zealand
New international grant awarded to study the role Oligodendrocytes in Alpha-synuclein in Multiple System Atrophy
Published : May 2022
GRANTS
Scott Kim - Defeat MSA Alliance (USA)
New international grant awarded to study common and uncommon lipid dysregulation pathways in patients with MSA and PD.
Published : May 2022
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Julia Forkgen - 2021 University Medal
Congratulations to Julia Forkgen for being awarded the 2021 University Medal.
Published : Feb 2022
PUBLICATION
Human endogenous retrovirus K (HERV-K) in FTD
Congratulations to Katherine Phan on her first author on the human endogenous retrovirus K (HERV-K) in FTD, published in Communications Medicine in Dec 2021 and an editorial Research Highlight published in Nature Reviews Neurology.
Published : Jan 2022
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Muireann Irish - 2021 ISC Awards
Professor Muireann Irish - awarded the 2021 International Science Council (ISC) 2021 Early Career Scientist Award – Australia and Oceania.
Published : Jan 2022
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Glenda Halliday - Robert A. Pritzker Prize
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) announces the 2021 Robert A. Pritzker Prize for Leadership in Parkinson’s Research award to Professor Glenda Halliday.
Published : Jan 2022
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Fatima Afaar - Art Express Award
Fatima Afaar - winner of the inaugural Faculty of Medicine and Health Research Art Express Awards, of Written category, for her artwork titled “Uncertainties”
Published : Dec 2021
PUBLICATION
CYLD is a causative gene for FTD-ALS
Carol Dobson-Stone and her team have recently identified a new disease gene that can cause frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This work was published in Brain, 143:783-799, 2020
Published : Jul 2021
GRANTS
Sam Lane - grants
Congratulations to Mr Sam Lane who has been awarded a NSW Health PhD Partnerships Program stipend and funding from the Margaret Ethel Jew Fund for this PhD work
Published : Jul 2021
PUBLICATION
Anhedonia in frontotemporal dementia
Congratulations to Siobhán Shaw, a PhD student with the MiND group for her paper "Uncovering the prevalence and neural substrates of anhedonia in frontotemporal dementia." published in Brain, 144(5): 1551-1564
Published : May 2021
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Glenda Halliday - 2021 Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science
Professor Glenda Halliday has been elected by the Australian Academy of Science as one of 22 of Australia’s most distinguished scientists in 2021.
Published : May 2021
PUBLICATION
Diagnostic Utility of Gold Coast Criteria in ALS
Congratulations to Andrew Hannaford for his first author paper - Diagnostic Utility of Gold Coast Criteria in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis published in Annals of Neurology, 2021;89(5):979-986
Published : May 2021
PUBLICATION
GCase enzyme activity as a biomarker for PD
Congratulations to Laura Hughes first author paper in Journal of Parkinson's disease showing the use of GCase enzyme activity as a biomarker for PD which may assist in earlier diagnosis, disease stratification, and the evaluation of new therapeutics
Published : Apr 2021
NEWS
Muireann Irish - news highlights on anhedonia and FTD
A recent article looking at FTD and anhedonia has received a lot of recent media attention due to it’s importance in early detection of FTD.
Published : Apr 2021
PUBLICATION
Cytokines and Gaucher Biomarkers in GBA
Congratulations to Jasmin Galper, a PhD candidate in Nic Dzamko's lab for their first author paper on "Cytokines and Gaucher Biomarkers in Glucocerebrosidase Carriers with and Without Parkinson Disease". Mov Disord. 2021 Jun;36(6):1451-1455
Published : Mar 2021
PUBLICATION
Cerebrospinal fluid liquid biopsy for detecting somatic mosaicism in brain
Congratulations to Zac Chatterton for his recently accepted paper "Cerebrospinal fluid liquid biopsy for detecting somatic mosaicism" in Brain Communications,Volume 3, Issue 1, 2021
Published : Jan 2021
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Kay Double - 2020 Nina Kondelos Award
Professor Double's plenary lecture for the Society's virtual AGM on the 9th of December: Prof Kay Double - 2020 Nina Kondelos Plenary Lecture
Published : Dec 2020
Interview
Michael Kassiou - ‘Chemistry World’ Interview
The international chemistry news site ‘Chemistry World’ recently interviewed Michael Kassiou on new research strategies he is utilising to advance drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases, including using a phenotypic approach to screen drug candidates.
Published : Jun 2020
AWARD
Michael Kassiou - Applied Research Award
Congratulations to Professor Michael Kassiou who was awarded the 2020 Applied Research Award for his contribution towards innovation through applied researchfrom his academic laboratories to pre-clinical and clinical settings
Published : Jun 2020
NEWS/MEDIA
Thanuja Dharmadasa - featured editorial
“Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) remains a fatal condition for which there are no highly effective treatment options, but newer and more sensitive research approaches are making huge gains in uncovering the mechanisms underlying this disease.
Published : Mar 2020
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Glenda Halliday - NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award
Congratulations to Glenda Halliday who was awarded the NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award for Leadership in Clinical Medicine and Science.
Published : Mar 2020
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Nicolas Dzamko - The year in JBC: 2019
“Autophagy activation promotes clearance of α-synuclein inclusions in fibril-seeded human neural cells” has been selected as the representative ‘Neurobiology’ article for our 2019 retrospective collection called “The year in JBC: 2019.”
Published : Dec 2019
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Glenda Halliday - 2019 Highly Cited Researchers
This award recognizes the world's most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.
Published : Sep 2019