PROF Brian Dean

PROF Brian Dean


  • Apolipoproteins
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Mental Health
  • Muscarinic Receptors



  • Professor Brian Dean was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Melbourne in 1992. In 2006, Dean was appointed as a NH&MRC Senior Research Fellowship (level B) and is currently Head of the Molecular Psychiatry Laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. Dean’s research mission is to understand the neurobiology of schizophrenia, major depressive disorders and bipolar disorders and to elucidate the mechanisms of actions of drugs used to treat those disorders. Dean has been an author over 190 peer reviewed journal articles, 14 book chapters and over 300 conference abstracts. Dean research has been cited on over 3500 occasions and appears in high impact journals. Dean’s involvement with the broader Australian and international research community includes his role as the Director of the Victorian Brain Bank Network, President of Biological Psychiatry Australia and Treasurer of the CINP (the world neuropsychopharmacology society). Dean collaborates with other academics in Victoria, other Australian States and has extensive collaborations with both academic and commercial partners in the USA, UK, Germany, Japan and New Zealand. Dean is listed as an Inventor on nine Patents lodged in Australia and the USA. Dean’s contribution to the biological sciences has been recognised by his election as a Fellow of the Institute of Biology, the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologium and the International Society of Affective Disorders and as a Member of the Fukishima Academy of Science. Dean was presented with the Lily Oration Award by the Australian Society of Psychiatric Research in 2006, which recognises a member of the Society who is prominent or rising to prominence in the Australian and New Zealand psychiatric research community. Dean has been a member of a NHMRC Grant Review Panels and the NHMRC Academ



Member of

  • Biological Psychiatry Australia. President 2011 -
  • American Chemical Society. Member 2006 -
  • Australian Neuroscience Society. Member 2006 -
  • Australian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists & Toxicologists. Member 2006 -
  • Society for Neuroscience. Foreign Member 2006 -
  • CINP. Treasurer 1990 -
  • Australian Society of Medical Research. Member 1982 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1992
  • MSc, University of Melbourne 1986
  • LIBiol, University of Sunderland 1976
  • HND, University of Sunderland 1974

Awards and honors

  • Australian Society of Psychiatric Research Lilly Oration, 2006



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My goal is to provide dedicated and committed students the mentoring required to obtain academic qualifications that will enable them to pursue a career in medical research. To this end I have supervised students to the successful completion of a number of diplomas, honours degrees, the degree of Master of Science and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. My aim is to encourage my students to master whatever practical skills they require to follow their chosen career path and encourage them to develop an intellectual rigour that is required to have a successful research career. Finally, I try to instil a growing independence in my students studying for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy to ensure they are ready to continue their research career in the relatively independent fashion required after obtaining that important career milestone.