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Fostering collaboration is an essential ingredient in strengthening neurological research and patient care in Western Australia.

Affiliates

Successful collaboration requires a strong network of linkages between the Perron Institute and organisations and researchers in the field of neuroscience. With this in mind, the Perron Institute as part of its commitment to building linkages, has identified a number of leading researchers and leading professionals in industry and the not-for-profit sector as affiliate members of the Institute, our goal being to extend the Perron Institute’s boundaries to include individuals who share our vision of building excellence in neurological research and patient care in Western Australia.

There are three types of affiliates:

Research Affiliates

Affiliates with a research background whose research complements that of the Perron Institute. Research Affiliates hold the title of the Perron Institute Honorary Senior Research Fellow.

Professional Affiliates

Affiliates from industry, government or the not-for-profit sector whose professional activities complement those of the Perron Institute. Professional Affiliates hold the title of the Perron Institute Honorary Senior Professional Fellow.

International Affiliates

Overseas-based affiliates whose activities complement those of the Perron Institute. International Affiliates hold the title of either the Perron Institute Honorary Senior Research Fellow or Honorary Senior Professional Fellow depending on whether their links to the Perron Institute are through research or professional activities.

Ambassadors

Successful collaboration requires a strong network of linkages between the Perron Institute and organisations and researchers in the field of neuroscience. With this in mind, the Perron Institute as part of its commitment to building linkages, has identified a number of leading researchers and leading professionals in industry and the not-for-profit sector as affiliate members of the Institute, our goal being to extend the Perron Institute’s boundaries to include individuals who share our vision of building excellence in neurological research and patient care in Western Australia.

Research Affiliates

Ryan Anderton

Dr Ryan Anderton PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences at Notre Dame, is an external member of the Stroke research team. Dr Anderton completed his PhD via the University of Western Australia at the Perron Institute, supervised by A/Professor Bruno Meloni and Professor Frank Mastaglia. Read more

Matt Bellgard

A computer scientist by background with a PhD from the University of Western Australia in the field of artificial intelligence, Professor Matt Bellgard is the inaugural Director of the Centre for Comparative Genomics (CCG) at Murdoch University, established in 2006 as a Western Australian State Government Centre of Excellence. The CCG undertakes research in the biosciences and has a growing focus on personalised medicine bringing together expertise in bioinformatics, genomics, molecular therapies, software development, and super and cloud computing. The CCG has grown to be one of Murdoch University’s leading research centres with a workforce of 26 and an annual budget of over $4 million. The CCG is home to the Molecular Therapy Laboratory led by Steve Wilton and Sue Fletcher. Read more

Sarah Dunlop

Winthrop Professor Sarah Dunlop, Head of the School of Animal Biology and Head of Experimental & Regenerative Neuroscience at The University of Western Australia, is one of Australia’s distinguished neuroscientists. Professor Dunlop is past President of the Australian Neuroscience Society and the Federation of Asian Oceanian Neuroscience Societies. Read more

Alan Harvey

Born in London and with degrees from Cambridge and the ANU, Alan Harvey is an Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia. A member of both the the Perron Institute Board and the Neurological Council of Western Australia, Alan is one of Western Australia’s most eminent neuroscientists and has a strong commitment to growing neuroscience research in Western Australia. He has a particular research interest in gene therapy, cell/tissue transplantation, nanotechnology and pharmacotherapy in the repair of the central nervous system. Read more

Graeme Hankey

A medical graduate of the University of Western Australia with training in neurology at the Royal Perth Hospital, Mayo Clinic and Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Dr Graeme Hankey is Winthrop Professor of Neurology in the UWA School of Medicine and Pharmacology and Consultant Neurologist at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Graeme’s main research interests focus on epidemiological studies and clinical trials of treatment strategies for acute stroke and stroke prevention. He has been principal investigator on a number of international studies and has approaching 700 scientific publications. With an h-index of 88, Graeme is one of Australia’s most highly cited neurology researchers. Read more

Stuart Hodgetts

A Senior Research Fellow in the in the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia, Stuart Hodgetts has worked extensively in the field of cell based-transplantation therapies since 1998. After periods as a postdoctoral scientist at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and UWA, Stuart has changed the direction of his research to focus his expertise on spinal cord repair using adult mesenchymal precursor and induced pluripotent stem cells, as well as gene therapy and non-invasive therapies. He continues to work with colleagues in the USA and Australia in these important areas of research. Read more

David Prentice

Dr David Prentice is a Consultant Neurologist in the Department of Medicine at the Royal Perth Hospital (RPH), and has worked in the RPH’s Stroke Unit for many years, and as such has close links with many of the Perron Institute’s neurologists, particularly Dr David Blacker. He has been involved in clinical trials with Clinical Professor David Blacker and Perron Clinical Affiliate, Professor Graeme Hankey. Read more

Jennifer Rodger

An Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Experimental and Regenerative Neurosciences in the School of Animal Biology at the University of Western Australia, Jennifer Rodger holds degrees from the University of Bath and University Pierre et Marie Curie in France. After a period as a postdoctoral fellow at the Weizmann Institute (Israel) and the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), Jenny moved to UWA to work with Professors Lyn Beazley and Sarah Dunlop in the field of neural regeneration where she currently leads a research team studying brain plasticity. Her most recent work focuses on the use of pulsed magnetic fields to promote neural circuit reorganisation and repair. Read more

Professional Affiliates

Kathy McCoy

Kathy McCoy is Executive Director of the Neurological Council of Western Australia (NCWA), the peak umbrella body for the not-for-profit organisations that support the neurological community in Western Australia. With a background as a nurse practitioner, leader, strategist, and manager of a clinical developments unit in both Australia and the UK, Kathy holds a number of degrees and certificates in neurological nursing, science, business and workplace training. Kathy has a keen interest in service delivery models and in NCWA has promoted strong continuous improvement and quality principles and the development of effective partnerships. Read more

Gerard Milne

Originally a graduate in commerce and law from the University of Western Australia, Gerard Milne holds a MBA with Distinction from the University of Oxford and has completed the Negotiation and Leadership program at Harvard University. He is currently Principal of the private management consulting firm, Aularian Consulting having previously been Chief Operating Officer of Walkers Global, a global provider of legal and management services with offices in every major world region of the world and a staff of over 500 globally. Gerard has particular expertise in strategic planning, operational execution and improvement, project management and relationship development. Read more

Ann Morris

An accountant by background, Ann Morris has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 15 years, of which 8 years were spent at the Ear Science Institute Australia during which time she has used her skills and experience to make a positive contribution to the growth and governance of the organisation. Ann holds a Bachelor of Business degree and commenced her working career with Price Waterhouse in Brisbane. Ann worked for many years in financial management in the legal profession where she also handled acquisitions and mergers. In recent times, Ann has focused on the establishment of appropriate financial reporting and control systems that promote sound financial health in not-for-profit organisations. Read more

International Affiliates

Jaglish Prasad Agrawal

One of only three Perron Institute Affiliates based outside of Australia, Professor Jaglish Prasad Agrawal is Professor of Internal Medicine at the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. A medical graduate from the University of Rajasthan in India, Professor Agrawal is one of Nepal’s most distinguished neurologists and is currently President of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation-Nepal. The goal of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life for muscular dystrophy sufferers in Nepal and currently has over 700 registered patients spread across 69 of Nepal’s 75 administrative districts. Read more

Chalermchai Mitrpant

A medical doctor and molecular biologist by training, Chalermchai (Wai) Mitrpant is currently Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University in Bangkok. Chalermchai commenced his research career in Western Australia completing a PhD under the supervision of Professor Steve Wilton. Chalermchai maintains strong research interest on pre-mRNA splicing in neuromuscular conditions, and antisense oligonucleotide-mediated splice switching in different disease models. Chalermchai is one of the founding members of the Institute of Personalised Genomics and Gene Therapy at Siriraj Hospital and has taken an active role in facilitating closer links between the Perron Institute and Siriraj Hospital. Read more

Rohit Pokharel

Professor Rohit Pokharel is Professor and chief of the Spine Unit of Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery at the Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is a medical graduate from Tribhuvan University but importantly holds a PhD from Kobe University, Japan in the field of orthopaedic surgery for his work on “molecular basis of bone and cartilage diseases” and is a spine fellow of Royal Adelaide hospital SA. He is Founder Board Member and is current vice president of Muscular Dystrophy Foundation-Nepal. He is the founder president of Association of Spine Surgeons of Nepal (ASSN) and is president elect of Nepal Orthopaedic Association (NOA). Read more

Ambassadors

Sandy Wilton

Neuromuscular disorders have been at the forefront of the Perron Institute’s research efforts for many years. Sandy Wilton – wife of the Perron Institute’s Director, Professor Steve Wilton – has played a critical role in strengthening and coordinating the links between the Perron Institute and the neuromuscular disease community in Western Australia and worldwide. As the Perron Institute’s Ambassador for Neuromuscular Disorders, Sandy continues to fulfil a vital function in facilitating links and cooperation between the Institute and patients, not-for-profit organisations, industry and research institutions and collaborators worldwide. Read more

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