Scientific Advisory Board

Gary Housley

Gary Housley - Chair

M.Sc. Ph.D 

Prof. Gary Housley holds the Chair in Physiology at the University of New South Wales, where he is the founding Director of the Translational Neuroscience Facility. He brings thirty years of leadership experience prosecuting research programs in the Brain Sciences, spanning from neuroscience discovery to clinical trials.

He completed M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies at the University of Auckland (New Zealand), and post-doctoral research in the U.S.A. and U.K. in cellular and molecular neuroscience in sensori-motor circuits. In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand James Cook Fellowship in Health Sciences to undertake international collaborative studies on the molecular physiology of auditory neuropathy. He was recruited to UNSW Sydney in 2006 to establish the translational neuroscience initiative in the School of Medical Sciences.

He has published over 160 primary publications in the areas of molecular and systems neuroscience, receiving broad scientific and lay commentary, and his success in research translation is reflected by 7 patent filings and a National Health and Research Council – funded multi-centre clinical trial of DNA therapeutics for auditory nerve regeneration. The impact of his research has been recognised by medals from both the New Zealand and Australian Physiological Societies. He has served on executive bodies of those Societies, is a board member of a several prominent neuroscience journals and is member of the operations groups for the Australian National Imaging Facility and the Sydney Brain Bank.

The innovative brain injury model his research team has developed, recently published in the journal Translational Stroke Research, has been central to the identification of Nyrada Inc. lead compounds. He is a co-inventor of the Nyrada Inc. neuroprotection technology.


david burke

David Burke

MD, DSC

David Burke is currently Professor of Neurology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Previously he has held a personal Chair of Clinical Neurophysiology (awarded 1987) and a Chair of Neurology (from 1991) at the University of New South Wales. In 1991, he became Chairman of the Department of Neurology, The Prince Henry and Prince of Wales Hospitals, and from 1997–2002 he was Director of Neurosciences in the hospital group. He led one of two research teams around which the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute [now renamed Neuroscience Research Australia, “NeuRA”] was formed, and became its Director of Clinical Research in 1991. In 2002 he joined The University of Sydney as Dean of Research for the former College of Health Sciences and served intermittently as Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor.  He was Interim Executive Director of the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine & Cell Biology, October 2005-December 2006. From 2008 to 2013, he held the Bushell Chair of Neurology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Central Clinical School, University of Sydney, and was Associate Dean [Research], Sydney Medical School.

A graduate in medicine from the University of Sydney (MB,BS 1967), he was awarded MD (by research, in 1972) and DSc (1983) by the University of New South Wales. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (from 1975). In 1995, he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and also Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE). In 1999 he was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).

David Burke was President of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Neurologists 2005–2007, is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, and has served on committees of the World Federation of Neurology and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He was Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Neurophysiology 2008–2015, and is on the Executive Board of the journal. He is currently inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the new companion journal Clinical Neurophysiology Practice.


Gilles Lambert

Gilles Lambert

Ph.D

Prof. Gilles Lambert, Ph.D - a leading researcher and thought leader in the field of blood lipid metabolism.

Dr. Gilles Lambert was awarded a PhD in Pathophysiology from the University of Paris in 1998. Gilles further specialized in lipidology, first as a post-doctoral fellow at the Molecular Disease Branch of the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda MD, USA) and then as a senior research fellow at the Heart Research Institute (Sydney, NSW, Australia).

Dr. Lambert is currently Associate Professor in Cell Biology at University of Nantes Medical School (France) and a group leader within the laboratory of Nutrition and Metabolism of the University Hospital of Nantes.

Since 2004, Dr Lambert has conducted seminal research projects on PCSK9, a major inhibitor of the LDL receptor. He received several competitive research grants in Australia and in France to study the cardiovascular benefits and potential side effects of PCSK9 inhibition.


Junichi Nabekura

Junichi Nabekura 

Ph.D

Prof. Junichi Nabekura - A leading researcher in the field of neuroscience and in particular neural circuit plasticity in the injured brain.

Junichi Nabekura is a Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience and a Vice-Director of the National Institute of Physiological Sciences (NIPS) in Okazaki, one of the top Neuroscience research institutions in Japan.

Prof. Nabekura graduated from Kyushu University in 1987, undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University, and held academic posts at various Universities across Japan (Tohoku, Akita, Kyushu) before being appointed Professor at NIPS in 2003. His research is focused on neuronal circuit wiring and plasticity during development and following injury measured using electrophysiology and in vivo imaging approaches, and he has published over 130 journal articles (with ≈5,000 citations) in this area. This has included discoveries of transmitter switching at single inhibitory synapses and impact of changes in Cl homeostasis on inhibitory transmission in development and injury.

Over the past decade Prof. Nabekura has been amongst the pioneers in applying two-photon imaging to investigate neural circuit plasticity in the living brain. In particular, the work of his group focuses on how glia contribute to cortical circuit plasticity during development and learning, and during the rewiring that occurs after injury. They have recently reported on microglia as surveyors of cortical synapse integrity in health and ischemic brain, and how astrocytes contribute to synapse and circuit rewiring in chronic pain conditions.

Prof. Nabekura also plays a prominent role in Science leadership in Japan, having served as a Senior Program Officer for both the Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Technology and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science.


Junichi Nabekura

Jim Palmer

Ph.D

Jim brings over 30 years of experience of drug discovery programs targeting oncology, cardiovascular, inflammation, joint and bone disease, and infectious diseases.

Formerly, Jim was employed by Biota Pharmaceuticals as Director, Drug Discovery, responsible for coordinating Biota’s antibacterial research discovery program. Prior to this he was Head of Chemistry at Cytopia, from 2007-2009. Before joining Cytopia, Jim was Senior Director, Medicinal Chemistry, at Celera Genomics, in San Francisco, where he led the team that discovered Imbruvica® (ibrutinib), now approved for CLL and other indications. Jim’s teams have contributed to the discovery and development of several other clinical and late stage preclinical candidates, including odanacatib (Phase III, Merck, osteoporosis), momelotinib (Phase III, Gilead/Sierra Oncology, myelofibrosis), abexinostat (Phase II, Pharmacyclics, oncology), and K11777 (UCSF/OneWorld Health, Chagas disease).

He undertook post-doctoral studies at Purdue University, having obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (1979, Old Dominion University) and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (1985, Purdue University), and has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations, and is an inventor on over three dozen issued patents and published applications.

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