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.


Stephanie 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

Mary Barnes

Kevin Barnham

Justin Bedo

Shayne Bellingham

Lynette Bon

Pierrick Bourgeat

Belinda Brown

Rachel Buckley

Samantha Burnham

Ashley Bush

Graeme Chandler

Pratishtha Chatterjee

Karren Chen

Roger Clarnette

Steven Collins

Ian Cooke

Tiffany Cowie

Kay Cox

Rhona Creegan

Emily Cuningham

Elizabeth Cyarto

David Darby

Karl Deruyck

Patricia Desmond

James DoeckeVincent Dore

Harriet Downing

Belinda Dridan

Konsta Duesing

Michael Fahey

Maree Farrow

Noel Faux

Michael Fenech

Chris Fowler

Maxime Francois

Jurgen Fripp

Shaun Frost

Sam Gardener

Simon Gibson

David Goth

Petra Graham

Veer Gupta

Garry Hannan

David Hansen

Karra Harrington

Andy Hill

Maryam Hor

Malcolm Horne

Brenda Huckstepp

Andrew Jones

Gareth Jones

Adrian Kamer

Yogi Kanagasingam

Lisa Keam

Adam Kowalczyk

Debra Krause

Betty Krivdic

Rebecca Lachovitzki

Chiou Peng Lam

Fiona Lamb

Nicola Lautenschlager

Simon Laws

Wayne Leifert

Nat Lenzo

Hugo Leroux

Falak Lftikhar

Qiao-Xin Li

Florence Lim

Teresa Lintern

Linda Lockett

Kathy Lucas

Mark ManoCaroline MarczakGeorgia Martins

Paul Maruff

Yumiko Matsumoto

Sabine Matthaes

Simon McBride

Rachel McKay

Alinda Mondal

Rachel Mulligan

Tabitha Nash

Julie Nigro

Stewart Nuttall

Nathan O’Callaghan

Graeme O’Keefe

Kevin Ong

Lisa Osborne

Bernadette Parker

Glen Patten

Jeremiah Peiffer

Sveltana Pejoska

Lisa Penny

Keyla Perez

Kelly Pertile

Pramit Phal

Parnesh Raniga

Alan Rembach

Carolina Restrepo

Malcolm Riley

Blaine Roberts

Jo Robertson

Mark Rodrigues

Alicia Rooney

Rebecca Rumble

Tim Ryan

Olivier Salvado

Mather Samuel

Ian Saunders

Greg Savage

Brendan Silbert

Hamid Sohrabi

Julie Syrette

Cassandra Szoeke

Kevin Taddei

Tania Taddei

Michelle Tegg

Philip Thomas

Darshan Trivedi

Brett Trounson

Jose Varghese

Robyn Veljanovski

Giuseppe Verdile

Victor Villemagne

Irene Volitakis

Michael Vovos

Freda Vrantsidis

Stacey Walker

Andrew Watt

Mike Weinborn

Andrea Wilson

Bill Wilson

Michael Woodward

Olga Yastrubetskaya

Paul Yates

Ping Zhang



The following former team members are no longer active in AIBL.

Graeme Chandler

Hang Ding

Konsta Duesing

Michael Fahey

Richard Head

Yen Ying Lim

Chaoyi Pang

Alison Tuckfield

Qing Zhang

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