Huntington's WA welcomes to Perth Key Note Speakers
- Professor Anthony Hannan
- Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis
- Dr Andrew Churchyard
- Tony Mimms
Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis completed her PhD in 1997 at Monash University,Melbourne. She is a world leading cognitive neuroscientist with an established reputation in exploring linkages beetween brain mechanisms and the cognitive and motor signatures in neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Huntington's disease (HD) and Friedreich ataxia.
Nellie is the principal investigaotr of the IMAGE-HD study, a world-first multi-modal nueorimaging study in HD. IMAGE-HD uses state-of-the-art neuroimaging technologies to discover sensitive biomarkers of disease progression and to understand compensatory brain mechanisms in both pre-manifest and symptomatic HD. Outcomes from this research will inform the design of future clinical trials.
Nellie has worked on HD for over a decade and has estabilshed a world-renowned HD platform of research at Monash University of Melbourne. Her research has enhanced understanding of behavioural consequences of disease, enabled novel strategies for management of symptoms, and has provided ground-breaking new insights on functional operations of the human brain. She has had a number of invited key-note presentations and is involved in a range of international initiatives, including membership on the ENROLL-HD scientific planning committee. During her career she has attracted over $9 million in grant funding and has over 120 peer-reviewed publications.