Our Scientific Panel

The Board of Directors is advised by a group of leading dementia researchers called the Scientific Panel. The Scientific Panel leads the external assessment of the Dementia Grants Program and advises the Board of Directors on the best qualified award recipients. 

The current Scientific Panel members are: 

Professor Elizabeth Beattie (co-chair)

Professor of Aged and Dementia Care, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology 

Director, Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (QUT Hub) 

Professor Elizabeth Coulson (co-chair)

Professor of Neuroscience and Head of Neuronal Cell Survival Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research 

Head of School, School Biomedical Science, The University of Queensland 


Professor Meera Agar

Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) 

Director of Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT) 

Senior palliative care physician and research lead for South West Sydney Local Health District Palliative Care Service 



Professor Thomas Fath

Professor, Macquarie Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University 

Deputy Director of the Dementia Research Centre 

Professor Anna King

Associate Director (Research), Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, University of TasmaniaShape 

Professor Kate Laver

ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders UniversityShape 

Associate Professor Margaret MacAndrew

Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology.Shape 

Adjunct Professor Kathryn Moyle

Dementia Advocate and carer of a person living with dementia 

Mrs Ann Pietsch

Dementia Advocate and a person living with dementia

Professor Olivier Piguet

NHMRC Leadership Fellow and Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, The University of Sydney

Director, FRONTIER Frontotemporal Dementia Research Group

President, Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment

President-Elect, International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias

Mrs Tara Quirke

Dementia Advocate and carer of a person living with dementia

Associate Professor Stephanie Rainey-Smith

NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow

Research Leader – Lifestyle Approaches Towards Cognitive Health (LATCH) Research Group 

Associate Professor at the Centre for Healthy Ageing, Murdoch University 

Associate Professor Joanne Ryan

Associate Professor and NHMRC Leadership 1 Fellow 

Head of Biological Neuropsychiatry and Dementia Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University 

Dr Theresa Scott

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Geropsychology, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Mr Cameron Stewart

Dementia Advocate and a person living with dementia

Associate Professor Giuseppe Verdile

Associate Professor, Curtin Medical School, Curtin UniversityShape 



Associate Professor Paul Yates

Geriatrician, Austin Health 

Honorary Research Fellow, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and the University of Melbourne