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Professor Perry Bartlett is the inaugural Director of the Queensland Brain Institute 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 has been responsible for a series of ground-breaking discoveries in neuroscience, which have often overturned existing dogma and led to a new understanding, particularly in the areas of neuronal precursor regulation and neuron survival in the developing and adult nervous system.
Most prominent amongst these, was his laboratory's discovery in 1992 of the presence of stem cells in the adult brain that had the capacity to produce new neurons. His group was first to isolate and characterise these stem cells in 2001 and more recently revealed the presence of a latent hippocampal stem cell population that influences learning and memory.
Perry Bartlett 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, two with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one with the Second Military Medical University, where he also holds an Honorary Professorship.