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Appointment of Professor Matthew Kiernan AM as NeuRA Chief Executive Officer

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Professor Matthew Kiernan AM to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Institute Director.

This appointment marks a significant milestone for NeuRA and the beginning of a new era for our independent medical research institute.

Prof Kiernan is a world-renowned clinical academic and scientist, whose research focuses on neurodegenerative disease, motor neuron disease (MND) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Currently, Prof Kiernan is co-Director of the Brain and Mind Centre, having been appointment inaugural co-Director at the Centre’s launch in 2015.

“I am really excited by this incredible opportunity to join Neuroscience Research Australia and its stellar team of research scientists and clinicians,” says Prof Kiernan.

“NeuRA’s foundations are firmly established and I am very much looking forward to building on the institute’s prime position in the rapidly accelerating fields of medical discovery.”

Prof Kiernan will also take up an appointment as Scientia Professor of Neuroscience within the Faculty of Medicine & Health at UNSW, as well as a clinical appointment in Neurology within the Local Health District and Prince of Wales Hospital.

“We are looking forward to Professor Kiernan’s arrival with enormous anticipation, building on the strong foundations established by Professor Peter Schofield AO,” says James MacNevin, NeuRA Chair.

“Not only will Prof Kiernan bring superlative standards of scientific, clinical, and academic excellence, he will also significantly boost NeuRA’s capacity in neurodegeneration, a primary focus of the Institute and a significant community need.”

Dean of UNSW Medicine & Health and Acting Provost – Faculties, Scientia Professor Vlado Perkovic says: “Professor Kiernan is a global leader in neurology and neuroscience, and will drive improved health outcomes at NeuRA working in partnership with UNSW, Mindgardens and the Local Health District.”

About NeuRA

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute based in Sydney aiming to prevent, treat and cure brain and nervous system diseases, disorders and injuries through medical research.

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