Queensland Brain Institute
The Queensland Brain Institute was established in 2003 and is a global leader in understanding brain function and the prevention and treatments of disorders in brain function.
Within the Institute is the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research (CJCADR) which opened in 2012. The Centre's mission is to drive treatments and interventions for dementia through the understanding of basic disease mechanisms and the translation of these into real-world applications. CJCADR works closely with industry and clinical partners to progress research from discovery to treatment.
The Queensland Brain Institute is located at The University of Queensland in St Lucia, Brisbane.
Meet the team
Prof. Jürgen Götz
Professor Jürgen Götz studied biochemistry and earned his PhD in immunology at the Max-Planck Institute of Freiburg, Germany, in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Georges Köhler. Professor Götz established his reputation in the Alzheimer’s field as research group leader at the University of Zurich and Chair of Molecular Biology and Director of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Laboratory at the Brain and Mind Research Institute of the University of Sydney. In 2012, Prof. Götz took up the position as Foundation Chair of Dementia Research at The University of Queensland and inaugural director of the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research at the Queensland Brain Institute.
In a 2015 study, Professor Götz used ultrasound on mice with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Positive results were repeated, showing an effect in clearing toxic protein plaques from the brain. Treatment with ultrasound also restored memory without the need for additional medications.
Prof. Peter Nestor
Professor Peter Nestor joined the Queensland Brain Institute in October 2017 and has a conjoint appointment as cognitive neurologist at the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Clinic at Mater Hospital.
Professor Nestor studied medicine at the University of Melbourne and trained in neurology in Melbourne and at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. He completed his PhD and neuropsychology in dementia at the University of Cambridge where he subsequently remained for 15 years working as a clinician-scientist.
Professor Nestor’s research publications have been referenced over 16,000 times and educates healthcare professionals globally on dementia-related topics.