Researcher biography

Professor Perry Bartlett is the inaugural Director of the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) and holds the Foundation Chair in Molecular Neuroscience at The University of Queensland. Previously he was Head of the Division of Development and Neurobiology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), a past NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and ARC Federation Fellow, and a past President of the Australian Neuroscience Society. He has championed interactions with China establishing three joint neuroscience laboratories in China, two with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one with the Second Military Medical University, where he also holds an Honorary Professorship. He has published 230 papers, many of which have appeared in the most influential journals and have attracted over 13,150 citations. He has an H-Index of 60.

QBI was established in 2003 with the specific aim of discovering the fundamental mechanisms that control higher brain functions. Gaining such an understanding will not only further our basic knowledge of how the human brain functions in health and disease, this insight will one day underpin the development of new therapeutics to treat neurological and mental illnesses.

Researchers at the Institute come from a wide range of disciplines – from cellular and molecular neurobiology, psychology, computational neuroscience and quantitative genetics – and work across a range of models – from fruit fly, honeybee, flatworm, zebrafish, mouse and human. Although working in widely different models and using a range of different techniques, the core goal of the Institute is to discover the fundamental mechanisms that underlie brain function in health and disease. Elucidating these processes will have a major impact on our understanding of more complex areas such as behaviour, cognition, ageing, neurological disease and mental illness.