Associate Professor Anthony White

 - Affiliate Investigator

Research focus: Development of 3D cell models of human neurons and glia to further our understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Anthony White obtained a PhD in neuroscience from Murdoch University in 1996, then undertook a post-doctoral position with Prof. Colin Masters at The University of Melbourne investigating neurotoxicity in prion and Alzheimer’s cell and animal models. He joined the MRC Prion group at Imperial College of Medicine, UK, in 2001 studying immunotherapeutic approaches to prion diseases. After 2 years in the UK, Anthony White obtained an NHMRC RD Wright Fellowship (2004-2008) and established a research group at the Department of Pathology, The University of Melbourne investigating molecular pathways in neurodegeneration and development of metal-based drugs for treatment of these disorders. With collaborators at The University of Melbourne, he developed CuII(atsm) as a potential therapeutic compound for MND (currently in clinical trials). He received an ARC Future Fellowship in 2011, was recruited to QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, in 2016, and is currently an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. He is now developing new 3D cell models including a ‘brain on a chip’ to explore the role of inflammation in neurodegenerative diseases and screen for potential therapeutic compounds to treat people with Alzheimer’s and MND.