PROF Mark Cook

PROF Mark Cook

Positions

Overview

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  • Director of the Graeme Clark Institute, and Sir John Eccles Chair of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne. I also direct the Department of Neurology, St. Vincent's Hospital, with both clinical and administrative responsibilities. I spend 1 day weekly in clinical practice. My specific scientific and clinical expertise has created a unique opportunity to take a leadership role in developing translational research to the treatment of intractable epilepsy. My aim has been to develop a basic and translational research program focused on epilepsy and other neurological diseases to drive the development of collaborative clinical research infrastructure that crosses disciplines. My objectives have included the development of new and innovative imaging processes, basic cell biology in epilepsy and the neurophysiology of epilepsy. Over the last 5 years we have made significant inroads into developing therapeutic electrical stimulation strategies for the treatment of epilepsy, of proven effect in animal models and now being explored in humans. In addition, large groups of physical scientists have been brought into human and animal research, and further developing these links is a key aim. This has been achieved not only through the main work of my laboratory but also through increased collaboration with other University of Melbourne based research groups, supported by Australian Research Council (ARC) and National and Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding. Insights and therapies developed through my research have been translated into practice now, and by utilizing a diverse group of collaborators to enhance the translation of developing research outcomes into health practice, leveraging existing but isolated national resources to create an internationally competitive, clinically- focused research infrastructure.   

Affiliation

Member of

  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists. State Chair, Victoria 1993 -
  • Royal Australian College of Physicians. Fellow 1992 -

Publications

Selected publications

Research

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Awards

Education and training

  • MD, University of Melbourne 1999
  • MBBS, University of Melbourne 1983

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, 2015
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1991

Supervision

Available for supervision

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