Prof. Fabienne Brilot PhD
Head, Brain Autoimmunity Group
Kids Neurosciences Centre at Kids Research, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Brain and Mind Centre
Applied Medical Sciences
University of Sydney
Fabienne Brilot is a Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Neuroimmunology at the University of Sydney. She heads the Brain Autoimmunity laboratory within Kids Neuroscience Centre at Kids Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Fabienne’s research focuses on immune-mediated brain disorders such demyelinating disorders and movement and psychiatric disorders. Her group aims to discover biomarkers and explores the autoimmune response in patients to improve their diagnosis and treatment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she developed a research program to study the immunological responses of people with multiple sclerosis after COVID19 vaccination, and leads the Australian-wide study group.
Fabienne obtained her PhD in Belgium and at the JD Gladstone Institutes, UCSF, USA. She then became postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Professor Christian Munz (currently located at the University of Zurich, Switzerland) at the Browne Center for Immunology and Immune Diseases headed by late Professor Ralph Steinman (Nobel Prize for Medicine 2011) at the Rockefeller University, USA. She was recruited at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney in 2007 where she started the Brain Autoimmunity group.
She is the President of Neuroimmunology Australia and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Society of Neuroimmunology (ISNI). She chairs the ISNI Membership and Engagement committee. She was the scientific chair of the ISNI conference 2018, and convened the 3rd Asia-Pacific School of Neuroimmunology in February 2023.