The Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation (APCN) is a world leader in the integration of research, education and clinical care.  APCN has strong links with international research and clinical networks on Neuromodulation technology and procedures and is a leading data hub for the Asia-Pacific region. The centre is a joint initiative of The University of Queensland at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital.

APCN research programs aim to secure better outcomes for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) patients and expand the applications of DBS to treat new conditions and more patients. Through its clinical affiliations, APCN is able to rapidly translate its research into practice.

APCN plays a key role in the Asia-Pacific region in increasing the adoption and awareness of DBS and delivering leading edge training programs and placements for DBS physicians. APCN is also involved at the community level providing informative educational sessions for patients and carers.

The APCN is led by renowned researchers and clinicians, Professor Pankaj Sah and Professor Peter Silburn, co-directors of the APCN Centre, and complemented by Associate Professor Terry Coyne (neurosurgeon).

The clinical DBS team, located at the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital (SAWMH) and led by Professor Peter Silburn and Associate Professor Terry Coyne, is at the forefront of DBS in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. They are among the top five DBS specialist teams in the world as determined by clinical efficiency. The team has performed more than 1,200 DBS surgeries, treating patients with Parkinson’s disease and other psychiatric disorders. Over the past two decades, they have also trained approximately 85% of the DBS practitioners in Australia. They have helped many people suffering from Parkinson's disease, Dystonia, Essential Tremor, OCD and Tourette's syndrome.


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Lab groups

APCN Members


  • Professor Pankaj Sah

    Queensland Brain Institute
    Centre Director of The Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation
    Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation
  • Professor Peter Silburn

    Honorary Professor Peter Silburn

    Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation, QBI
    Honorary Professor
    Queensland Brain Institute

Research Members