Professor Lyn Beazley AO
Professor Beazley is an eminent scientific innovator, communicator, educator, and neuroscientist. Her experience enhances the scale and focus of CIBF’s outreach and education activities, and ensures it meets its strategic aims.
Lyn has served as Chief Scientist of Western Australia (2006-2013), and on numerous bodies advising State and Federal Governments, including advisory boards to the Australian Research Council, the Australian Synchrotron, and Western Australia’s Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) Fund.
She was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2009, and made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering later that year.
Lyn is Western Australia’s Australian of the Year 2015.
Dr Amanda Caples
Government and bio-industry advisory member
Dr Caples advises CIBF on opportunities for government engagement and potential links with industry, drawing on her significant experience in this area.
Amanda is currently Deputy Secretary, Innovation & Technology, at the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.
Previously, she had responsibility for Victoria’s science and innovation policy and programs, including research infrastructure such as the Australian Synchrotron; the design and implementation of successive Victorian Biotechnology Strategic Development Plans; and major medical research capital developments across Melbourne, including the Parkville, Monash (Clayton), Austin and Alfred research precincts.
Prior to her appointment to the department, Amanda held executive positions with international and local pharmaceutical companies, specialising in technology transfer and business development.
Professor Ulf Eysel
International scientific advisory member
Professor Eysel facilitates cooperation between CIBF and the European research community, and advises on developing the impact and significance of our research.
He recently retired from the Department of Experimental Neurophysiology, at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany.
Dr Allan Jones
International neurotechnology and scientific advisory member
He is CEO of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, leading an ambitious project to build an open, online, interactive atlas of the human brain. The non-profit Institute was established in 2003 with a $100 million founding donation by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
Dr Jones was previously in the biotechnology industry, including Merck and Co.
Professor John Funder AO
National scientific advisory member
Professor Funder is a renowned Australian scientist with significant experience managing large collaborative projects, enriching our ability to coordinate research across CIBF’s nodes.
John is a Principal Research Fellow at Hudson Institute of Medical Research at Monash Medical Centre, and a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne.
He has published over 500 scientific papers.
Professor David Van Essen
Professor Van Essen facilitates cooperation between CIBF and the Human Connectome Project, a five-year project to build a network map of the brain. The Human Connectome Project was established in 2009 with US$30 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health.
David is a Principal Investigator/Director for the Human Connectome Project, and Edison Professor of Neurobiology and Department Head of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Washington University in St Louis.
He is internationally known for his research on how the brain organises and processes visual information. He has made extensive contributions to the understanding of how the brain perceives shape, motion and colour and how attention affects neural activity.
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