DR Amy Brodtmann

DR Amy Brodtmann


  • Neuroscience (dementia)
  • neuroscience (neurology)



  • After completing my clinical training and Chicago post-doctoral position, my research focus has been on improving dementia diagnosis through understanding neurodegenerative mechanisms. For the last decade I have been examining the links between vascular risk, stroke and dementia, and running a cognitive disorders clinic specialising in young and focal onset dementia. My research is regarded as changing the field: a recent editorial from the Mayo Clinic stated that this work is “endorsing a model of cerebrovascular pathophysiology that represents a major departure from the approach that has dominated the field for the last 40 years”. I have had continuous NHMRC funding for work in Australia since I received my NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship, including project lead, PI and CIA on large projects. Since 2015 I have led the Vascular mechanisms of neurodegeneration Dementia Research Team Grant.   


Member of

  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Member 2008 -
  • Stroke Society of Australasia. Member, Stroke Neurologist 2005 -
  • Organization for Human Brain Mapping. Inaugural Chair, Australian Chapter 2001 -
  • Royal Australian College of Physicians. Fellow 1999 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists. FRACP 1997 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2019 Medical Research Future Fund Targeted Call: Selenate to treat Frontotemporal Dementia CID Brodtmann
    2018 Stroke Foundation Gavin Paul Bennier Memorial 3-Year Research Grant Co-PI with Thijs
    2018 Austin Medical Research Foundation Grant – with PI Howard
    2018 Institute for Breathing and Sleep Research Grant – with PI Howard
    2018 Eastern Health Research Foundation – with PI Rogers
    2018 Stroke Foundation Seeding Grant – with PI Pase
    2018 Dementia Australia Research Foundation Grant – with PI Rogers
    2018 Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Grant – with PI Egorova
    July 2016- June 2020 Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship – Heart Foundation’s most prestigious award
    2016-2020 NHMRC Dementia Research Team Grant APP1094974 Vascular mechanisms of neurodegeneration: drivers and determinants of dementia CIA Brodtmann
    2015-2018 NHMRC Project Grant APP1077789 Thompson CIC Brodtmann
    2015-2018 NHMRC Project Grant APP1086188 McNeil CIC Brodtmann
    2013-2016 NHMRC Clinical Career Development Fellowship APP1045617
    2012-2016 NHMRC Project Grant APP1020526 Is Stroke Neurodegenerative? A Longitudinal Study Of Changes In Brain Volume And Cognition Following Stroke CIA Brodtmann
    2012 Mason Foundation
    2012-2015 Sidney & Fiona Myer Family Foundation
    2011 Collie Print Trust
    2011 Count Charitable Foundation
    2011 Sidney & Fiona Myer Family Foundation
    2011 Ross Trust
    2010 Telematics Trust
    2010 JO & JR Wicking Trust (ANZ Trustees)
    2010 Brain Foundation
    2006 – 2010 NHMRC Australian Training Research Fellowship (Part-time)
    2002 Austin Research Council
    2002 Pfizer CVL grant
    2001 – 2004 NHMRC Post-Graduate Scholarship for PhD project.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2005
  • FRACP, Royal College of Physicians 1999
  • MBBS, University of Melbourne 1992

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1999


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My research focuses on improving diagnostic pathways for people with cognitive disorders with better understanding of mechanisms, often with an imaging focus. I act as Program Director for large dementia and stroke NHMRC projects. My current work continues to focus on clinical cognitive research. I am a fierce advocate for dementia patients. Together with health professionals from my clinic, I established the Australian Frontotemporal Dementia Association with carers from my clinic, and am on the Board and Committee of the Dementia Australia Research Foundation. Dementia Australia is Australia’s peak dementia body. I am the inaugural Chair of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Australian chapter and the President of the newly formed Australasian Cognitive Neurology Society.
    My past research includes advances in cognitive and vascular neurology, such as: improving diagnostic pathways for atypical dementias via biomarker development, especially frontotemporal dementia; describing the cognitive and brain volume trajectories after stroke in the CANVAS, investigating mechanisms of vascular neuro-degeneration in both human and animal models, and understanding the carer experience in FTD, including grief and bereavement. I have over 80 peer-reviewed publications, 3 book chapters and an 8-chapter government commissioned document, The FTD Toolkit. I review for 10 journals and am on the editorial board for Neurology (1st Australian woman and still the youngest) and the International Journal of Stroke . I have supervised 7 PhD students to completion. I am a sought-after mentor for students and post-doctoral researchers and have lectured nationally and internationally in this area. I oversee the cognitive curriculum for Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists neurology trainees nationally and at a state level. I have internationally regarded expertise in neurodegenerative research, being invited to give seminars within Australi