Research Team

Lead Scientists


davidamesThe study is lead by Prof. David Ames BA, MD, FRCPsych, FRANZCP, professor of Ageing and Health at the University of Melbourne and Director of The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). Prof. Ames holds the University of Melbourne’s Foundation Chair of Psychiatry of Old Age at St. George’s Hospital Kew where he is also Director of the Aged Psychiatry Service. He is a member of the Medical & Scientific Advisory Panel of Alzheimer’s Disease International and has been Editor of the Peer Reviewed Journal International Psychogeriatrics since January 2003. His main research interests are new drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and the care of the depressed elderly.


rembachsDr Alan Rembach is a post-doctoral research scientist and manager of the clinical research group at the Mental Health Research Institute in Parkville, Victoria.  Alan received his Bachelor of Science with honours in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Monash University. He completed a PhD, through the centre for Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne where he graduated in 2006. Alan was awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship at CSIRO in 2007, and began working within the Australian Imaging, Biomarker and Lifestyle (AIBL)  study of aging where he is now the site coordinator, aiming to identify individuals at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.  Principal research interests are focused on peripheral blood based biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.


s.rainey-smithStephanie obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from King’s College London, under the supervision of Drs. Robert Williams and Marcus Rattray. Her project investigated TNF modulation of AMPA receptor expression and function in motor neurones and the potential role of this process in the pathogenesis of Motor Neurone Disease. Continuing her work in the area of neurodegenerative diseases, Stephanie joined Professor Ralph Martins’ team in the Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer’s disease Research and Care, based at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Stephanie is part of the biomarker team which aims to identify candidate protein biomarkers in order to facilitate the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, she also co-ordinates the Western Australian arm of the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) flagship study of ageing.


kathrynellisDr. Kathryn Ellis BAppSc (Hons), PhD, graduated with a bachelor of applied science with first class honours in psychology and psychophysiology in 2000. She was awarded one of four prestigious Swinburne University Chancellor’s Research Scholarships in 2001 to undertake her PhD in behavioural neurosciences, which involved a year placement at Imperial College of London conducting PET neuroimaging and studies of cognition. Kathryn currently holds a research fellow position at the University of Melbourne and her main roles include national management of the AIBL study and management of the Melbourne node of Dementia Collaborative Research Centre. Dr. Ellis, Prof. Paul Maruff (Chief Science Officer, Cogstate Ltd, and Centre for Neuroscience, University of Melbourne), Associate Prof. Greg Savage (Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, NSW) and Dr. Jonathan Foster (Senior Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience, Edith Cowan University) lead the neuropsychological testing of the cohort to classify participants and monitor their condition.


lancemacaulayDr. Lance Macaulay is the Theme Leader of Brain Health in the CSIRO Preventative Health Flagship.  Dr. Macaulay is responsible for the strategic development, science planning and project portfolio management of brain health and neurodegenerative disease research activities across the CSIRO Preventative Health Flagship.  Dr Macaulay has over 30 years experience in cell biology and biochemistry, specifically signal transduction and metabolic health. His research interests focus on understanding mechanisms that predispose and regulate age onset disease.


Prof. Ralph Martins BSC (Hons) PhD holds the Inaugural Chair, Ageing and Alzheimer’s Disease, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, and also heads the Edith Cowan University’s Centre for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Care. Prof Martins’ research isolated and characterized the protein components of the amyloid deposits characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. Together with Prof. Ashley Bush (Federation Fellow at the MHRI) who is internationally renowned for seminal discoveries on the impact of metal and oxidative biology on neurodegenerative disorders, Prof. Martins leads the diagnostics and biomarkers program aimed at early stage identification and assessing effectiveness of interventions.


colinmastersProf. Colin Masters, Emeritus Professor of Pathology, University of Melbourne and Director of The Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria (MHRI) has major input into the biomarkers program based on his discovery of the brain amyloid protein and extensive international network. Prof. Masters is a world leader in research into Alzheimer’s disease and viral infections of the brain. He was the recipient of a 2002 Citation Laureate Award for his contribution to research. He also was awarded Australia’s Mayne Florey Medal in 2002 and the King Faisal Award in 1997. Prof. Masters has held many senior scientific positions and is a Professor of Pathology at the University of Melbourne. He is also Chief of Neuropathology of the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria, Consultant in pathology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and a scientific advisor to Neuroscience Australia.


chrisroweProf. Christopher Rowe FRACP MD is Director of the Department of Nuclear Medicine and Centre for PET and a consultant neurologist to the Memory Disorders Clinic at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne. He has published extensively on SPECT in epilepsy and beta-amyloid imaging in Alzheimer’s disease. Prof. Rowe and Associate Professor Nat Lenzo (Fremantle Hospital and Edith Cowan University) apply state-of-the-art neuroimaging technology to develop and confirm new diagnostic tests and biomarkers.

Study Team Members

AIBL’s large, multidisciplinary research team includes the following active members.

Arti Appannah Andy Hill Kelly Pertile
Mary Barnes Eugene Hone Pramit Phal
Kevin Barnham Maryam Hor Tenielle Porter
Justin Bedo Malcolm Horne Stephanie Rainey-Smith
Shayne Bellingham Brenda Huckstepp Parnesh Raniga
Lynette Bon Andrew Jones Alan Rembach
Pierrick Bourgeat Gareth Jones Carolina Restrepo
Belinda Brown Adrian Kamer Malcolm Riley
Rachel Buckley Yogi Kanagasingam Blaine Roberts
Samantha Burnham Lisa Keam Jo Robertson
Ashley Bush Adam Kowalczyk Mark Rodrigues
Graeme Chandler Betty Krivdic Alicia Rooney
Karren Chen Chiou Peng Lam Rebecca Rumble
Roger Clarnette Fiona Lamb Tim Ryan
Steven Collins Nicola Lautenschlager Olivier Salvado
Ian Cooke Simon Laws Mather Samuel
Tiffany Cowie Wayne Leifert Ian Saunders
Kay Cox Nat Lenzo Greg Savage
Emily Cuningham Hugo Leroux Brendan Silbert
Elizabeth Cyarto Falak Lftikhar Hamid Sohrabi
Phuong Anh Vu Dang Qiao-Xin Li Julie Syrette
David Darby Florence Lim Cassandra Szoeke
Patricia Desmond Lucy Lim Kevin Taddei
James Doecke Linda Lockett Tania Taddei
Vincent Dore Kathy Lucas Sherilyn Tan
Harriet Downing Mark Mano Michelle Tegg
Belinda Dridan Caroline Marczak Philip Thomas
Konsta Duesing Georgia Martins Darshan Trivedi
Michael Fahey Paul Maruff Brett Trounson
Maree Farrow Yumiko Matsumoto Robyn Veljanovski
Noel Faux Sabine Bird Giuseppe Verdile
Michael Fenech Simon McBride Victor Villemagne
Shane Fernandez Rachel McKay Irene Volitakis
Binosha Fernando Rachel Mulligan Cassandra Vockler
Chris Fowler Tabitha Nash Michael Vovos
Maxime Francois Julie Nigro Freda Vrantsidis
Jurgen Fripp Graeme O'Keefe Stacey Walker
Shaun Frost Kevin Ong Andrew Watt
Samantha Gardener Bernadette Parker Mike Weinborn
Simon Gibson Steve Pedrini Bill Wilson
Petra Graham Jeremiah Peiffer Michael Woodward
Veer Gupta Sveltana Pejoska Olga Yastrubetskaya
David Hansen Lisa Penny Paul Yates
Karra Harrington Keyla Perez Ping Zhang


The following former team members are no longer active in AIBL.

Graeme Chandler David Groth Stewart Nuttall
Pratishtha Chatterjee Richard Head Nathan O'Callaghan
Rhona Creegan Debra Krause Lisa Osborne
Karl De Ruyck Rebecca Lachovitzki Chaoyi Pang
Hang Ding Yen Ying Lim Glen Patten
Konsta Duesing Teresa Lintern Alison Tuckfield
Michael Fahey Alinda Mondal Jose Varghese

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