PROF DENNIS VELAKOULIS MBBS MPM DipCrim DMedSci FRANZCP
Professor Dennis Velakoulis is a consultant neuropsychiatrist and director of the Neuropsychiatry Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital and with Professor Chris Pantelis set up what is now the Neuroimaging Arm of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre. Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in Medicine, Dr Velakoulis completed a Diploma of Criminology before successfully completing his Fellowship for the RANZCP and a Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry in neuroimaging. Following this he was appointed an NH&MRC Fellow at the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria, where he worked in Cognitive Neuropsychiatry and began orld-leading research into the volumetric measurement of the hippocampus and other brain regions in schizophrenia, publishing in journals such as The Lancet and high-impact psychiatric journals including Archives of General Psychiatry. He has published almost 300 Medline-indexed scientific papers. He continues to be involved in research into first-episode and established schizophrenia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease and early-onset dementia. In 2012 he successfully completed his doctoral DMedSci work examining neuroimaging and neuropathological markers of cortical change in schizophrenia.
PROF MARK WALTERFANG MBBS Hons PhD FRANZCP
Professor Mark Walterfang graduated in medicine from University of Queensland with honours in 1993, and completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2000. He then worked as a consultant psychiatrist at the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit at Sunshine Hospital and as a consultant neuropsychiatrist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuropsychiatry Unit for two years. Dr Walterfang has also been involved in the development in a number of clinical tools for use in psychiatric patients in the areas of cognition and behavioural observation, and their validation in a variety of medical, neurological and psychiatric settings since 2000. In 2010 he completed his PhD in the neuroimaging of white matter in psychiatric disorders. His continuing research involves the neuroimaging and neuropsychiatric investigation of neurometabolic disorders including phenylketonuria and Niemann-Pick disease type C, and in shape analysis of cortical and subcortical regions in neurodegenerative disorders. He has published over 150 Medline-indexed scientific papers, and recently contributed a new chapter on the Neuropsychiatry of Neurometabolic and Neuroendocrine Disorders to the world's most respected reference text in psychiatry, Kaplan and Sadock's "Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry".
DR SAMANTHA LOI MBBS BMedSc MPsych PhD FRANZCP
Dr Samantha Loi graduated in medicine from Monash University in 2002 and obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2011. She also completed Advanced Training in Psychiatry of Old Age in 2012, and her PhD in 2016. Dr Loi became a Lecturer with the Academic Unit of Psychiatry of Old Age, at the University of Melbourne in 2011 and has been involved in research in neurodegenerative diseases, specifically, in Huntington's disease. She has experience working with older adults in metropolitan and regional settings, from medical and psychotherapeutic perspectives, and is also involved with providing education, and training to other health care practitioners. She recently completed her PhD in the area of depression in older carers, and her other research interests include the history of psychiatry, and the use of technology in improving the quality of life in people with psychiatric disorders.
DR DHAMIDHU ERATNE BHB MBChB FRANZCP
Dr Dhamidhu Eratne graduated in medicine from the University of Auckland in 2007. After extensive experience in consultation-liaison psychiatry and the psychiatry of old age, he completed his two years of advanced training at the Neuropsychiatry Unit before obtaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2016. After working as an old age psychiatrist, Dhamidhu was proud to join the Neuropsychiatry Unit in 2017. He is currently completing certificates of advanced training as a fellow in training, in consultation-liaison psychiatry and psychiatry of old age. His interests include young onset dementia, biomarkers, clinical reasoning, education, and the interface between psychiatry, neurology, and the rest of general medicine. As well as his clinical work, Dhamidhu is involved in research of biomarkers in neurodegenerative disease, and is also Research Fellow for a Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance flagship study, investigating the use of whole exome sequencing in complex neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.
DR SARAH FARRAND MBBS BBioMedSci FRANZCP
Dr Sarah Farrand is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has worked at the Neuropsychiatry Unit since 2016. Sarah completed her medical training at the University of Sydney in 2009 before joining the training program at NorthWestern Mental Health in 2011, receiving her fellowship with RANZCP in 2018. Sarah completed her Masters of Psychiatry through The University of Melbourne in 2015 and is commencing a PhD. Sarah's areas of clinical and research interest include deep brain stimulation, health outcomes in young onset dementia, organic psychosis and psychiatric disorders and sex differences in neurodegenerative disorders.
DR ANDREW EVANS MBBS MD FRACP
|Andrew Evans is a consultant neurologist and was trained at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in general medicine. He specialised in neurology at the Royal Melbourne and Western Hospitals and the Kingston Centre and then carried out a movement disorders fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London where he completed a doctoral thesis n dopaminergic function in Parkinson's disease. He is currently Director of Movement Disorders at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in addition to his role at the Neuropsychiatry Unit, and is a Honorary Senior Lecturer with the University of Melbourne.|
DR KATE EGAN MBBS BBioMedSci MPM
Dr Kate Egan is an advanced trainee in her final year of psychiatry training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). Kate completed her medical training at the University of Melbourne in 2012 and worked at Melbourne Health before joining the psychiatry training program at NorthWestern Mental Health in 2015. Prior to medical training, Kate completed a Bachelor’s degree in Neurosciences, and went on to complete an Honour’s Degree in Parkinson’s disease. She completed her Masters of Psychiatry through the University of Melbourne in 2017.
Kate has worked in a variety of psychiatric settings, including adult psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, psychiatry of old age, psycho-oncology and emergency psychiatry. Kate currently works on the inpatient neuropsychiatry unit and has an interest in young onset dementia and organic psychiatric disorders. Kate is also the Principal Registrar for Inner West Area Mental Health Service and the RANZCP’s Senior Trainee Representative for the Western Region of Victoria, and has an active role in advocating for junior psychiatry trainees.
DR DAVID TRAINOR MBBS MRCPsych
Dr David Trainor is an advanced trainee in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. David studied Medicine at Kings College London in the UK, graduating in 2011. After completing medical and surgical rotations, he joined the psychiatry training programme in New Zealand, where he worked in a variety of psychiatric settings as well as serving as a member of his hospital’s Ethics Committee. David has a strong interest in neuropsychiatry and previously worked in the comprehensive Epilepsy program. Currently he works as the Young Onset Dementia registrar within the MYOD service. Elsewhere, David provides pro-bono psychiatric care for asylum seekers and is also involved in regular teaching for medical students.
DR NICHOLAS BURGESS
DR NICHOLAS BURGESS MD MPsych BBiomedSci
Dr Nicholas Burgess is a senior psychiatry registrar and advanced trainee in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Nicholas studied post-graduate medicine and Masters of Psychiatry through the University of Melbourne, prior to studying medicine he completed his Bachelors degree in Biomedical Science through Monash University. Nicholas currently works providing neuropsychiatric liaison to the comprehensive epilepsy program at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and has particular interests in the intersection between psychiatry and neurology, as well as functional neurological disorders and the psychotherapies.
DR EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ MBBS BEcon Mpsych MSS ACCAM
Dr Rodriguez is an Australian, Colombian born senior trainee with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He completed his medicine and economics degrees at the National University and La Salle University simultaneously. He has more than five years of experience in a number of psychiatry settings at various regional and metropolitan locations across Australia. Dr Rodriguez also is currently in his last semester of completing Masters of Psychiatry at University of Melbourne.
Dr Rodriguez is a Former Director of Administration and Development project at St John of God Health Care and former scholar research at NASA working in the Fatigue Countermeasures Group / Human Systems Integration Division. He also had a Master in Space Science at the International Space University in France, Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine (Monash University), and Pilot training. Furthermore, he was selected as an Astronaut Scientist Candidate (USA). Dr Rodriguez has interest in neuropsychiatry in space & analogue mission, neuroimaging and neurodegenerative disease research.