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.