Terence O'Brien (MBBS Melb. MD Melb. FRACP, FRCPE) is The James Stewart Professor of Medicine and Head of The Department of Medicine at The Royal Melbourne, and consultant neurologist. He is a medical specialist in neurology and clinical pharmacology, with particular expertise in epileptology, anti-epileptic drugs and in-vivo imaging in animal models and humans. He did his clinical and research training at St. Vincent’s and Royal Melbourne Hospitals in Melbourne, and then the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA (1995-1998). He leads a University Department Medicine embedded with one of Australia’s leading teaching hospitals which has a focus on translational research and research training, with particular strengths in Neurosciences, Infectious Diseases and Cancer. Under his leadership the Department has grown to be one of the largest such Department in the country with an annual research income of >10.5M, >80 PhD students and >100 undergraduate students. In his own research leads a large translational research team undertaking both basic studies, involving animal models, and clinical studies. He has published >300 peer-reviewed original papers in leading neurological, pharmacological and imaging journals, 6 other papers, 12 book chapters and >2000 abstracts. His work is highly cited (>8700 times, H-index 50). Competitive, peer-reviewed, research-grant funding obtained totals <30M, including being a PI on 14 NHMRC Project grants, a NHMRC Program Grant, 3 NHMRC Development Grants, a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence Grant, two Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative Grants and three US competitive grant (NARSAD, Epilepsy Research Foundation & James S. McDonnell Foundation), and industry funding >5M. His research is broad based, covering both basic and clinical studies related to epilepsy, neuropharmacology and associated areas. The work has had two primary goals: First to better understand the determinants of treatment response in epilepsy, identify
Opportunities available for PhD, Masters and Honours students to undertake research-based degrees supervised by Prof. O'Brien undertaking either clinical or basic science projects in the areas of epilepsy, traumatic brain injury or dementia.