SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, ENVIRONMENTAL & GENETIC EPIDEMIOLOGY RESEARCH, MCRI
Associate Professor Craig works in the Environmental and Genetic Epidemiology Research Group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and is an Honorary Associate Professor within the Department of Paediatrics, the University of Melbourne. He leads a team of researchers in the Early Life Epigenetics Group.
Dr Theresa Strong
CHAIR, SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD, FOUNDATION FOR PRADER-WILLI RESEARCH
Dr Strong received a B.S. from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Medical Genetics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She performed postdoctoral studies at the University of Michigan in the laboratory of Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., studying the molecular basis of the inherited diseases cystic fibrosis and Huntington disease. After completing her postdoctoral work, she returned to the faculty at UAB, where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Medicine. She is also a Scientist in UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, where her laboratory focuses primarily on gene therapy for cancer. She and her husband Jim have four children, including a son with PWS. Theresa is one of the founding members of FPWR and directs FPWR’s Grant Program.
Professor Anthony Hannan
HEAD NEURAL PLASTICITY, THE FLOREY INSTITUTE OF NEUROSCIENCE AND MENTAL HEALTH
Professor Hannan currently holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship, and is Professorial Fellow at the Florey and the University of Melbourne. His Neural Plasticity Laboratory explores how genes and environment combine via experience-dependent plasticity in the healthy and diseased brain. This research includes models of specific neurological and psychiatric disorders which involve cognitive and affective dysfunction, investigated at behavioural, cellular and molecular levels so as to identify pathogenic mechanisms and novel therapeutic targets
DR SARA HOWDEN
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW MCRI
After receiving a BSc from the University of Melbourne, Dr Howden completed her PhD in the Cell and Gene Therapy lab at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. In 2008, she joined the laboratory of Dr James Thomson (USA) for several years of postdoctoral training. She has recently returned to complete the Australian component of her Overseas Biomedical research fellowship where she will continue to develop and apply the reprogramming and gene targeting methodologies she acquired during her time in the Thomson lab.
Professor Stewart Einfeld
CHAIR OF MENTAL HEALTH & SENIOR SCIENTIST AT BRAIN AND MIND RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Professor Stewart Einfeld is a child psychiatrist with a research interest in the gene-to-behaviour pathways in developmental disabilities. His research into Prader-Willi Syndrome has looked at the behavioural phenotype over the course of development, psychosis and depression, oxytocin, temper outbursts, aggression and brain dysfunction. He is the Chair of Mental Health and Senior Scientist at the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney.