Currently Chair of Medicine and Professor and Director of Neurology at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Cook is a neurologist specialising in the treatment of epilepsy. After completing specialist training in Melbourne, he undertook an MD thesis ('High Resolution MRI in Adult Focal Epilepsy') whilst working as Brain Research Fellow at Queen Square, London. He returned to St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne to continue his interest in neuroimaging in epilepsy. Currently one of the largest units for the surgical treatment of epilepsy, this was a direct extension of work started in London, where he developed techniques for the accurate measurement of hippocampal volumes, and established their position in non-invasive assessment of surgical candidates. In more recent years his interests have included computations models of epilepsy and seizure prediction, and cortical excitability. Reasearch with a commercial focus has been a major activity over the past 8 years, concerned with the development of an implantable device to treat epilepsy and novel polymer based drug delivery systems. Very strong collaborative ties exist nationally and internationally, particularly with the Bionic Ear Institute, Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Wollongong Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, Institute of Neurology, London, Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Melbourne, and the Department of Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital.
He has five prior NH&MRC grants that have been concerned primarily with imaging, both functional and structural, and 2 ARC grants, Novel Drug Delivery Systems (commencing 2009) Prediction of epilepsy seizure onset using nonlinear analysis of EEG recordings. Cook was instrumental in the development of a successful Victorian Government STI grant in 2006, (Total Value $12M). He is an author of 7 book chapters, and over 200 published peer reviewed original papers and published abstracts.