NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow - Melbourne Dementia Research Centre
Professor Ashley Bush
MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP, PhD, FTSE, FAAHMS, FAPA

Ashley Bush is the Director of the Melbourne Dementia Research Centre and Head of the Oxidation Biology Unit. He has made outstanding contributions to the neuroscience field, most notably his discovery of the importance of metal biology in neurodegenerative brain diseases.  The impact of his work has moved the field of neurodegeneration towards an appreciation for an underlying disturbance in brain metal homeostasis, and has provided insights into the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) as well as other brain diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases.  

His leadership has led to the development of new predictive tests for AD and innovative, potentially disease-modifying strategies based on his research.  He is Chief Scientific Officer for the Cooperative Research Centre for Mental Health (Parkville), and Co-Director of Biomarker Development for The Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Study of Ageing (AIBL). He is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, and holds courtesy staff appointments in Psychiatry and Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA.  

He is Founding Scientist of Prana Biotechnology Ltd, Cogstate Ltd, and Chief Scientific Officer for Collaborative Medicinal Development P/L. As a recognised expert in his field, Prof Bush has published >426 publications (>40,000 citations) and 29 patents, is ad hoc reviewer of 48 journals, and has delivered over 315 invited lectures (including 210+ international and 27 Plenary). Prof Bush is one of the most highly cited neuroscientists in Australia, is rated in the top 1% of neuroscience researchers worldwide for high impact citations, and classed as one of the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds (Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics, 2014-2016, 2018)

Key collaborators

Olivier Salvado, CSIRO

Oskar Hansson, Sweden

Martha-Clare Morris, Chicago

  • Location

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
    30 Royal Parade
    Parkville
    3052
    Victoria
    Australia

Awards and achievements

NHMRC Postgraduate Medical Scholarship, Australia (1989-92); Fellow, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (1989-); Harkness Fellowship, Commonwealth Fund of New York, USA (1992-3); Organon Award for Psychiatric Research (1994); National Down Syndrome Society Scholars Award, USA (1994); Ellison Scholarship, Massachusetts General Hospital (1994-5); Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar in Aging (1995-8); Alzheimer Association Senator Mark A. Hatfield Award for Clinical Research in AD, USA (2000-3); Potamkin Prize, American Academy of Neurology (2003); Zenith Fellowship, Alzheimer’s Association, USA (2004); Federation Fellowship, Australian Research Council (2005); Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Award in Neurology (2007); Flagship Fellowship, CSIRO (2007); Fellowship, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering (2009); RANZCP Schering-Plough Senior Research Award (2010); NHMRC Australia Fellowship (2011-5); Kenneth Myer Fellow (2013-); Victoria Prize for Science & Innovation (2014); The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (Thomson Reuters, 2014, 2015, 2016); Woodward Medal in Science & Technology, University of Melbourne (2014); Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (2015-); Fellow, Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences (2015-), NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow (2016-20).

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