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
Human endogenous retrovirus K (HERV-K) in FTD
Our recent paper on the human endogenous retrovirus K in FTD was 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
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
Carol Dobson-Stone
We have identified a new disease gene that can cause frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Published : Jul 2021
GRANTS
Sam Lane & Michael Sullivan
Mr Sam Lane has been awarded a NSW Health PhD Partnerships Program stipend.
Published : Jul 2021
PUBLICATION
Siobhán Shaw
Shaw, Siobhán R., et al. (2021). "Uncovering the prevalence and neural substrates of anhedonia in frontotemporal dementia." Brain, 144(5): 1551-1564.

Published : May 2021
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Glenda Hallilday
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
Andrew Hannaford
Hannaford et al. Diagnostic Utility of Gold Coast Criteria in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Ann Neurol. 2021;89(5):979-986. doi:10.1002/ana.26045
Published : May 2021
PUBLICATION
Lauren Hughes
Hughes, L. P., Pereira, M. M., Hammond, D. A., Kwok, J. B., Halliday, G. M., Lewis, S. J., & Dzamko, N. (2021). Glucocerebrosidase Activity is Reduced in Cryopreserved Parkinson’s Disease Patient Monocytes and Inversely Correlates with Motor Severity.
Published : Apr 2021
NEWS
Muireann Irish talks about Anhedonia and FTD
A recent article looking at FTD and anhedonia has recieved a lot of recent media attention due to it’s importance in early detection of FTD.
Published : Apr 2021
PUBLICATION
Jasmin Galper
Galper J, Balwani M, Fahn S, Waters C, Krohn L, Gan-Or Z, Dzamko N, Alcalay RN. Cytokines and Gaucher Biomarkers in Glucocerebrosidase Carriers with and Without Parkinson Disease. Mov Disord. 2021 Jun;36(6):1451-1455. doi: 10.1002/mds.28525. Epub 2021 Feb 11. PMID: 33570220.
Published : Mar 2021
PUBLICATION
Zac Chatterton
Zimeng Ye, Zac Chatterton, Jahnvi Pflueger, et al. Cerebrospinal fluid liquid biopsy for detecting somatic mosaicism in brain Brain Communications Volume 3, Issue 1, 2021
Published : Jan 2021
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Kay Double
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
The international chemistry news site ‘Chemistry World’ recently interviewed Prof 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
Professor Michael Kassiou was awarded the 2020 Applied Research Award
Published : Jun 2020
NEWS/MEDIA
Thanuja Dharmadasa
“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
Professor Halliday, from the Faculty of Medicine and Health and the Brain and Mind Centre, was awarded the NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award for Leadership in Clinical Medicine and Science.
Published : Mar 2020
AWARD & RECOGNITION
Nicolas Dzamko
“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
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