Interrogation of the pathogenesis of progressive MS for therapeutic benefits

Prof.Trevor Kilpatrick MBBS PhD FRACP, Director of the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute, The University of Melbourne.

Trevor Kilpatrick is a Professor of Neurology and Director of the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute at The University of Melbourne; he is the leader of the MS Division at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and is a neurologist and Head of the MS Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Professor Kilpatrick graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne in 1982 and then went on to specialise in neurology. He undertook graduate studies at The University of Melbourne and gained a Doctor of Philosophy in 1993. Appointments at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies (La Jolla, USA), Institute of Neurology (London, UK) and The National Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital (London, UK) followed. He returned to Melbourne as the Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellow at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research and as the Head of the Melbourne Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Professor Kilpatrick has been the recipient of the Sunderland Award (1994), AMRAD Postdoctoral Award (1995), inaugural Leonard Cox Award (2000), Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Award for Medical Research (2004), the Australian Museum’s Jamie Callachor Eureka Prize for Medical Research (2008), the Stephen C. Reingold Research Award by the US MS National Multiple Sclerosis Society (2010) and most recently, (2013), Professor Kilpatrick was awarded the Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Medal for outstanding leadership in medical research.

Professor Kilpatrick has published widely including publications in Nature, Nature Genetics and Nature Medicine. His research interests include the neurobiology of multiple sclerosis, neural precursor cell biology and the study of genetic and environmental factors that contribute to MS as well as the translation of basic research discoveries to the clinic.