Professor Peter R Schofield AO FAHMS PhD DSc

“I'm looking forward to contributing my knowledge about dementia and my skills in coordinating dementia research to the Childhood Dementia Initiative.”

Professor Peter Schofield is a neuroscientist who has held multiple senior leadership roles in health and medical research, including as CEO of Neuroscience Research Australia, one of Australia’s leading centres of neuroscience research (2004-2022), President of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (2020-2022) and as Interim Director of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (2016-2017). His roles in sector advocacy and leadership have included being a Founding Director of many for-purpose or start-up companies including Research Australia and the Australian Dementia Network Ltd, and as a director of the Association of Australia Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI).

Peter's research interests focus on neurogenetic contributions to brain function, to psychiatric and to neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. He is an honorary Senior Principal Research Scientist at NeuRA and a conjoint Professor of Medicine at UNSW Sydney. His research has been published in over 480 papers. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. In the 2019 Australia Day Awards he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medical and scientific research in the field of neuroscience, and to professional institutions.

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