I am an academic neurologist and head of the Department of Neurology at the Canberra Hospital. I am currently President of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Society of Australia and was previously Chair of the International Relations Committee of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. I trained in medicine at Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK. I then trained in neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, UK before moving to Edinburgh, UK, as a consultant neurologist where I was also honorary senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. In 2003 I moved to Canberra where I have been Head of the Department of Neurology for 18 years. I received a national award for excellence in university teaching from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council in 2010, a Merit Award from the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society in 2019, and the E Graeme Robertson Prize for service to the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists in 2021. In addition to being a general neurologist, I have a strong clinical interest in neuro-ophthalmology.
As a general neurologist with an interest in neuro-ophthalmology, I have several research interests and have published in many different areas. These include clinical neurological practice, higher visual function, the optic chiasm, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. I have worked with Professor Maddess on various research projects since I moved to Canberra in 2003. In addition, I have collaborated for many years with other academics at the ANU (as part of the ANU Grand Challenge, Our Health in Our Hands), as well as with clinicians at the Canberra Hospital and academics at the University of Canberra, Queens University, Belfast, and the engineering department at UNSW in Canberra.