Speakers & Chairs

Sandra Amor PhD

Professor and Head of Multiple Sclerosis Research
in the Pathology Department
VU University Medical Centre
Amsterdam | Netherlands

Jack Antel MD

Coordinator
MS/Neuroimmunology Program
Montreal Neurologic Institute
McGill University
Montreal | Canada

Bridget Bagert MD, MPH

Director | Ochsner Multiple sclerosis Center
Director of Research | Ochsner Neuroscience Institute
New Orleans (LA), USA

David Baker BSC, PhD

Barts MS
Blizard Institute
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Queen Mary University of London
London | UK

Amit Bar-Or MD, FRCP, FAAN, FANA

Presidential Endowed Professor
Department of Neurology
Director, Center for Neuroinflammation and Experimental Neurotherapeutics
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania (Upenn)
Philadelphia (PA) | USA

Sergio Baranzini PhD

Department of Neurology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco (CA) | USA

Perry Bartlett PhD, FAA

Professor in Molecular Neuroscience
Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland
Brisbane | Australia

Anirban Basu PhD

National Brain Research Centre
Manesar
Haryana | India

Luca Battistini MD, PhD

Neuroimmunology Unit
Santa Lucia Foundation
Rome | Italy

Burkhard Becher PhD

Institute of Experimental Immunology
University of Zürich
Zürich | Switzerland

Sonia Berrih-Aknin DSc

Sorbonne Université, INSERM, AIM
Centre de Recherche en Myologie, UMRS974
Paris | France

Stefan Blum MD, FRACP

Princess Alexandra Hospital
School of Medicine University of Queensland
Mater Centre for Neuroscience
Brisbane | Australia

Karin Borges PhD

School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
University of Queensland
Brisbane | Australia

Fabienne Brilot PhD

Principal Research Fellow
Applied Medical Sciences and Discipline of Child & Adolescent Health
Brain Autoimmunity Group
Institute for Neuroscience and Muscle Research (INMR)
Kids Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Brain and Mind Centre
University of Sydney
Westmead | Australia

Simon Broadley BSc, MBChB, PhD, FRACP

Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine
Gold Coast Campus
Griffith University
Nathan | Australia

David Brown MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, FRCPA

Department of Immunology and Immunopathology
NSW Health Pathology
ICPMR
Westmead Hospital
Group leader, Centre for Allergy and Immunology Research
Westmead Institute for Medical Research
University of Sydney
Sydney | Australia

Anne Brüstle PhD

Fellow and Group Leader
Inflammatory T cell Responses Group
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
John Curtin School of Medical Research
The Australian National University
Canberra | Australia

Christine Bundell PhD, MPH, UWA

Clinical Scientist
Clinical Immunology
PathWest Laboratory Medicine
QEII Medical Centre, Nedlands, Australia
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Western Australia
QEII Medical Centre
Nedlands | Australia

Iain Campbell PhD

Emeritus Professor
Faculty of Science
University of Sydney
Camperdown | Australia

Iain Comerford PhD

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
School of Biological Sciences
University of Adelaide
Adelaide | Australia

Jorge Correale MD

Department of Neurology
Institute for Neurological Research Dr Raul Carrea, FLENI
Buenos Aires | Argentina

Russell Dale MBChB, MRCP, MSc, PhD

NHMRC Practioner Fellow
Professor of Paediatric Neurology
Petre Professor of Paediatric Neurology Research
Sub Dean Research
Clinical School
Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health
University of Sydney
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Westmead | Australia

Jerome De Seze MD, PhD

University Hospital of Strasbourg
Strasbourg | France

Britta Engelhardt Dr. Rer. physiol

Professor for Immunology, Director
Theodor Kocher Institute
University of Bern
Bern | Switzerland

Cinthia Farina PhD

Head, Immunobiology of Neurological Disorders Lab
Institute of Experimental Neurology (INSpe) and Division of Neuroscience
San Raffaele Scientific Institute
Milan | Italy

Kai Fechner Engineer

Euroimmun AG
Luebeck | Germany

Roberto Furlan MD, PhD

Head of Clinical Neuroimmunology Unit
Institute of Experimental Neurology – INSpe
Division of Neuroscience
San Raffaele Scientific Institute
Milan | Italy

Matteo Gastaldi MD

IRCCS Mondino Foundation
and
University of Pavia
Pavia | Italy

Georges Grau MD, Privat-Docent

Chair of Vascular Immunology
Department of Pathology
Sydney Medical School
University of Sydney
Camperdown | Australia

Judith Greer PhD

Principal Research Fellow
UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine
University of Queensland
Brisbane | Australia

Todd Hardy MD, PhD

Concord Hospital and the
Brain and Mind Centre
University of Sydney
Concord West | Australia

Prue Hart PhD

Telethon Kids Institue
University of Western Australia
Perth | Australia

Suzanne Hodgkinson MB, BSFRACP, PhD

Faculty of Medicine
UNSW Medicine
Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research
Liverpool | Australia

Markus Hofer MD, Privatdozent

School of Life and Environmental Sciences
The University of Sydney
Sydney | Australia

Richard Idro MBChB, MMED, PhD

Makerere University
Kampala | Uganda

Zsolt Illés MD, PhD, DSc

University of Southern Denmark
Odense University Hospital
Department of Neurology
Odense | Denmark

Sarosh Irani PhD

Head | Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group
Associate Professor | Wellomce Intermediate Clinical Fellow
Honorary Consultat Neurologist
Oxford | UK

Shohreh Issazadeh-Navikas PhD

Head of Neuroinflammation Unit
Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC)
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen | Denmark

Michael Jackson PhD

Director of Research and Bachelor of clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine
Autoimmunity Research Laboratory
Department of Immunology
Flinder University
Adelaide | Australia

Margaret Jordan PhD

Senior Research Fellow
Immunogenomics
Director of Research (Molecular & Cell Biology)
Honours’ co-ordinator (Molecular & Cell Biology)
James Cook University
Townsville | Australia

Jean-Pierre Julien PhD

Professor
Department of psychiatry and Neuroscience
Université Laval
Canada Research chair in Neurodegeneration
Director of Axis Integrative Neurosicence and Experimental Therapies
Quebec | Canada

Tomas Kalincik MD, PhD, FRACP, PGCertBiostat

CORe, University of Melbourne
MS and Neuroimmunology, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Victoria | Australia

Rana Karabudak MD

Hacettepe University Hospitals
Department of Neurology
Neuroimmunology & MS Unit
Ankara | Turkey

Matthew Kiernan PhD, DSc, FRACP, FAHMS

Bushell Chair of Neurology
Sydney Medical School
University of Sydney
President, Australian & New Zealand Association of Neurologist
Camperdown | Australia

Trevor Kilpatrick MBBS, PhD, FRACP

Melbourne Neuroscience Institute
University of Melbourne
Parkville | Australia

Nicholas King MB, ChB, PhD, FRCPA (Hon)

Director, Sydney Cytometry
Professor of Immunopathology and Head Discipline of Pathology
Bosch Institute and
Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Disease and Biosecurity, School of Medical Sciences, Sydney Medical School
Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
University of Sydney
Camperdown | Australia

Jun-ichi Kira MD, PhD

Professor and Chairman
Department of Neurology
Neurological Institute
Graduate School of Medical Sciences
Kyushu University
Fukuoka | Japan

Robyn Klein MD, PhD

Associate Dean, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences
Vice Provost, Washington University
Professor
Departments of Internal Medicine, Pathology & Immunology, Neuroscience
Director, Center for Neuroimmunology and Neuroinfectious Diseases
Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis (MO) | USA

Thomas Korn MD, PhD

Klinikum rechts der Isar
Head of Experimental Neuroimmunology
Deputy Clinical Director, Neurological Clinic
Munich | Germany

Vijay Kuchroo DVM, PhD

Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases
Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Boston (MA) | USA

Susumu Kusunoki MD, PhD

Professor and Chairman
Department of Neurology
Kindai University Faculty of Medicine
Osaka | Japan

Anne La Flamme BS(MIT), MS, PhD

Professor of Immunology
School of Biological Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington and
Head, Multiple Sclerosis Research Programme
Malaghan Institute of Medical Research
Wellington | New Zealand

Daman Langguth FRACP, FRCPA

Clinical Immunologist
Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
Brisbane | Australia

Jeannette Lechner-Scott MD

Department of Neurology
John Hunter Hospital
Hunter Medical Research Institute
University of Newcastle
Newcastle | Australia

Vanda Lennon MD, PhD

Neuroimmunology Laboratory
Departments of Neurology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine/Pathology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester (MN) | USA

Belinda Lennox DM, FRCPsych

Department of Psychiatry
University of Oxford
Oxford | UK

Roland Liblau MD, PhD

Directeur du Centre de Physiopathologie Toulouse Purpan (CPTP)
INSERM UMR1043 – CNRS UMR5282
Université Toulouse III
Toulouse | France

Shane Liddelow PhD

Neuroscience Institute
Department of Neuroscience and Physiology
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York City (NY) | USA

Ashutosh Mangalam PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
University of Iowa
Iowa City (IA) | USA

Roland Martin MD

Principal Investigator and Director CRPP MS and leading pyshician
Department of Neurology
University Hospital Zürich
Zürich | Switzerland

Gianvito Martino MD

Scientific Director
San Raffaele Scientific Institute
Professor of Experimental Biology
Vita Salute San Raffaele University
Milan | Italy

Emily Mathey PhD

Neuroinflammation Laboratory
Brain and Mind Centre
University of Sydney
Camperdown | Australia

Roberta Mazzieri PhD

Diamantina Institute
Faculty of Medicine
University of Queensland
Brisbane | Australia

Pamela McCombeFRACP, PhD, BSc, MBBS

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine
Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
University of Queensland
Brisbane | Australia

Fiona McKay PhD

Centre for Immunology and Allergy Research
Westmead Institute for Medical Research
University of Sydney
Westmead | Australia

Sachiko Miyake MD, PhD

Professor
Department of Immunology
Juentendo University Graduate School of Medicine
Tokyo | Japan

Gila Moalem-Taylor PhD

School of Medical Sciences
The University of New South Wales
UNSW Sydney
Sydney | Australia

Mastura Motif MBBS, Bsc, PhD

Neurologist / post Doctoral Research Fellow
Alfred Health and Melbourne Health
Head, Neuroimmunology, Neuroinflammation and Neurological Diseases Lab.
Monash University
Honorary Post Doctoral Fellow
Department of Physiology
University of Melbourne
Melbourne | Australia

Dave O'Connor PhD

UW Medical Foundation Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison (WI)| USA

Shalina Ousman PhD

Associate Professor
Departments of Clinical Neurosciences and,
Cell Biology & Anatomy
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
University of Calgary
Calgary | Canada

Trevor Owens PhD

Professor
IMM – Department of Neurobiology Research
President, Scandinavian Society for Immunology
University of Southern Denmark
Odense | Denmark

Friedemann Paul MD

Head of the Clinical Neuroimmunology Research Group
NeuroCure Clinical Research Center
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Campus Mitte
Berlin | Germany

Natalie Payne PhD

Research Fellow
Nagy Laboratory
Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI)
Clayton | Australia

Michael Pender MBBS (Hons I), MD, PhD, FRACP

Faculty of Medicine
University of Queensland
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Brisbane | Australia

William (Bill) Phillips PhD

Physiology and Bosch Institute
University of Sydney
Sydney | Australia

Phillip Popovich PhD

Professor, The Ohio State University
Ray W. Poppelton Research Designated Chair
Department of Neuroscience
Director – Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair
Columbus (OH) | USA

Alexandre Prat MD, PhD

Fellow, College of Researcher
Royal Society fo Canada
Canada Research Chair in Multiple Sclerosis
Professor, Neuroscience
Université de Montreal
Montreal | Canada

Anne-Katrin Pröbstel MD

Department of Neurology & Weill Institute for Neurosciences
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco (CA) | USA

Francisco Quintana PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology
Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston (MA) | USA

Cedric Raine PhD, DSc

Professor Emeritus
Departments of Pathology (Neuropathology)
Neurology and Neuroscience
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx (NY) | USA

Sudarshini Ramanathan FRACP, PhD

Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney, Sydney
Department of Neurology, Westmead Hospital, Sydney
Kids Neuroscience Centre, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Sydney | Australia
Autoimmune Neurology Group, John Radcliffe Hospital and University of Oxford, Oxford | UK

Richard Ransohoff MD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Third Rock Ventures
Boston (MA) | USA

Stephen Reddel MBBS, FRACP, PhD

Department of Neurology
Concord Repatriation General Hospital
University of Sydney
Concord | Australia

Joanne Reed PhD

Group Leader – Rheumatology and Autoimmunity
Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Sydney | Australia

Marc Ruitenberg PhD GCHEd

Reader in Neuroanatomy & Neuroscience
Honorary SpinalCure Australia Research Fellow
School of Biomedial Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
The Unviersity of Queensland
St. Lucia | Australia

Michal Schwartz PhD

Department of Neurobiology
Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot | Israel

Bruno Stankoff MD, PhD

ICM, Brain and Spinal Cord Institute, Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital
Sorbonne Universités
UPMC Univ Paris 06
UMR S 1127
CNRS UMR 7225
Paris | France

Akio Suzumura MD, PhD

Director
Kaikokai-Josai Hospital
Professor Emeritus
Nagoya University
Nagoya | Japan

Jenny Ting PhD

Distinguished Professor
Department of Genetics
UNC School of Medicine
Chapel Hill (NC) | USA

Antonio Uccelli MD

Dipartimento di Neuroscienze, Riabilitazione, Oftamologia,
Genetica e Scienze Materno-Infantili
(DINOGMI)
Genoa | Italy

Angela Vincent MBBS, FRCPath, FMedSci, FRS

Emeritus Professor
Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
University of Oxford
Oxford | UK

Carola Vinuesa MD, MBBS , PhD, FAA

The Vinuesa Group – Humoral Immunity and Autoimmunity
The Centre for Personalised Immunology
The John Curtin School of Medical Research
ANU College of Health and Medicine
Acton | Australia

Jana Vukovic PhD

The University of Queensland
St. Lucia | Australia

Ari Waisman PhD

Institue of Molecular Medicine
University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University
Mainz | Germany

Patrick Waters PhD

Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Medical Science Division
Oxford | UK

Howard Weiner MD

Robert L. Kroc Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Director, Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center
Co-Director, Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston (MA) | USA

Hartmut Wekerle MD

Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology
Director Emeritus
Hertie Senior Professor
Martinsried | Germany

Heinz Wiendl MD

Department of Neurology
University of Münster
Münster | Germany

Nicola Woodroofe BSc, PhD

Head, Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield | UK

Takashi Yamamura MD, PhD

Department of Immunology
National Institute of Neuroscience
NCNP
Tokyo | Japan

Yoshihisa Yamano MD, PhD

Professor
Department of Advanced Medical Innovation
Director
Department of Rare Diseases Research
Institute of Medical Science
St. Marianna University Graduate School of Medicine
Kanagawa | Japan

V. Wee Yong PhD

Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Departments of Clinical Neuroscience and Oncology
University of Calgary
Calgary | Canada

Deborah Young PhD

Dept. of Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacology &
Centre for Brain Research, FMHS
University of Auckland
Auckland | New Zealand

Kaylene Young PhD

The Menzies Institute for Medical Research
University of Tasmania
Hobart | Australia

Scott Zamvil MD, PhD

Donnie Smith Chair in Multiple Sclerosis Research
Professor of Neurology and Faculty, Program in Immunology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco (CA) | USA