AM, MBBS (Honours), PhD, DSc, FRACP, FAHMS
Professor Matthew Kiernan is the Brain and Mind Centre Co Director - Discovery and Translation. His role is to foster multidisciplinary research across the clinical neurosciences, to improve research outcomes and facilitate the translation of research innovations directly into clinical practice for the benefit of patients and the community
Professor Matthew Kiernan is the Bushell Chair of Neurology at the University of Sydney. His clinical research unit is located at the Brain and Mind Centre. He is a Professor of Neurology and Staff Specialist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is also a Senior Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia.
Professor Kiernan's leads a research group comprised of a team of clinicians, scientists, biomedical engineers, doctoraland postdoctoral students with focus on neurological disease. His research team's focus is clinical neurology, in particular disease pathophysiology and treatment strategies of frontotemporal dementia and motor neurone sydnromes. Currently his team is investigating the mechanisms and the possible prevention of neurodegeneration in motor neurone disease (MND) also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); frontotemporal dementia; chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicity; stroke; Machado-Joseph disease; spinal muscular atrophy and other inherited neuropathies. He is also involved in clinical trials investigating potential drug treatments for motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. His team's research is intrinsically linked to the provision of clinical services, particularly the ForeFront Multidisciplinary Motor Neurone Disease & Fronto temporal Dementia Clinic and diagnostic neurophysiology clinics.
Professor Kiernan is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (BMJ Publishing Group). He is President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists, Director of the Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia and President of the Australian Brain Foundation, the largest priming institution for neuroscience in Australia, responsible for distributing funding towards research and medical education for the treatment and prevention of neurological disorders.