Therapeutic Brain Stimulation division of MAPrc
These training programs have been developed by members of the Therapeutic Brain Stimulation division of MAPrc. The division, led by Professor Paul Fitzgerald, includes internationally recognised clinicians and researchers with backgrounds in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, psychiatry, neuropsychology, and psychiatric nursing.
This group has extensive and unsurpassed experience in the clinical use of TMS having treated patients with this technique for over 10 years and established multiple clinical rTMS services throughout Australia. They have conducted many brain stimulation research studies, published over 200 brain stimulation related papers, authored national and international clinical practice and research guidelines and obtained multiple NHMRC grants for brain stimulation projects. Details on the members of this leading group are provided below.
Professor Paul Fitzgerald
Professor Fitzgerald (MBBS, FRANZCP, MPM, PhD) has been at the forefront of brain stimulation research for nearly 20 years. He has conducted numerous large clinical trials of TMS and other brain stimulation treatments in depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and a number of other conditions. He has also conducted an extensive series of other research studies using these methods. He has had continual support from the National Health and Medical Council for over 15 years and published over 380 peer reviewed research papers, the majority in the area of brain stimulation. He has authored multiple national and international brain stimulation guidelines and clearly has unparalleled experience in both the research and the clinical provision of TMS for the treatment of psychiatric illness.
Associate Professor Kate Hoy
A/Prof Kate Hoy (BBNSc (Hons), DPsych (Clin Neuro)) is a Clinical Neuroscientist and Clinical Neuropsychologist at MAPrc where she leads the Cognitive Therapeutics Group. She has an international reputation for her research investigating non-invasive brain stimulation in the treatment of cognitive impairment, and was recently awarded an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship to further this work. Kate has worked in brain stimulation research for over 10 years, has published over 70 scientific articles, and received over 2.7 million dollars competitive funding. She was awarded a 2013 Victorian Tall Poppy Science Award in recognition of both her research excellence and commitment to science communication.
Dr Thomson (BE, MBiomedE, PhD) is a biomedical engineer and neuroscientist at Monash University. He was awarded his PhD in the field of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and has been involved in TMS research for more than 10 years. His research investigates brain stimulation using a wide variety of neuroimaging modalities such as EEG, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), & near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Richard has over 30 publications in leading neuroscience journals and is known for his work in integrating TMS with NIRS.
Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon
Dr Fitzgibbon (BA (Hons), MSc, PhD) is a leading young scientist in the use of brain stimulation to explore pain perception in healthy and chronic pain populations. She is a National Health and Medical Research early career researcher and has been recognised for her work in this area as Young Researcher of the Year 2014 by the Bethlehem Griffith Research Foundation and for science communication as a 2014 Tall Poppy by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science. She has over 7 years experience in the use of brain stimulation.
Dr David Elliot
Dr David Elliot (BNSc, HBSc, PhD) emigrated from Canada in 1992 for a postdoctoral position at the CSIRO researching novel semiconductors. David completed a nursing degree at Melbourne University in 2008 and began his nursing career at The Alfred Hospital’s Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. He joined MAPrc in 2009 and has been with the Therapeutic Brain Stimulation division providing TMS treatments across numerous clinical trials since October 2011.
Ms Lenore Wambeek
Ms Lenore Wambeek (BN, MN) completed her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2012, and her Master of Nursing (Mental Health) degree in 2014. Lenore has experience in inpatient acute and rehabilitative psychiatric settings and joined the Therapeutic Brain Stimulation division as a Research Nurse in March 2015, working on various clinical trials involving TMS. Lenore is the coordinator of the TMS courses run at MAPrc and has a keen interest in the education of mental health nurses and nursing students.
Dr Leo Chen (MBBS, MPsych, FRANZCP, AFRACMA) is a consultant psychiatrist. He is active in therapeutic brain stimulation research at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) and psychiatry education at Monash University. He is the Director of the TMS Program at Epworth HealthCare. His research and clinical interest areas are in neurostimulatory treatment modalities for mental illnesses, their neurophysiological aetiologies and management of mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders.
Dr Neil Bailey (BSc (Hons), PhD) is a post-doctoral neuroscience researcher with a focus on the use of brain stimulation and EEG to explore neural activity in healthy individuals, depression, and individuals experienced with meditation. Neil has over 25 publications in leading neuroscience journals and has over 7 years experience in the use of brain stimulation techniques.
Dr Manreena Kaur (BSc (Hons), PhD) is a National Health and Medical Research Council Fellow focused on developing and investigating non-invasive brain stimulation treatments for affective and psychotic disorders, particularly as personalised approaches and early interventions for young people. Manreena has 8 years of experience in youth mental illness research and utilising psychophysiology, neuropsychology and imaging for her research. Her work in non-invasive brain stimulation has been recognised by several awards including the NARSAD Young Investigator Award and Society for Mental Health Research-Medibank Early Career Award.