Researcher biography

Dr. Robert James Adam MA(Cantab) MBBS (London) MRCP(UK)(Neurology) PhD(UCL) FRACP

Behavioural neurologist with interests in cognition and movement disorders. I am the clinical lead for deep brain stimulation at The Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Senior Lecturer at UQCCR and Research Officer at QIMR.

Clinically, I offer both movement disorders and advanced Parkinson's clinics in addition to statewide Huntington's Disease, Friedreich's Ataxia and Deep Brain Stimulation services https://metronorth.health.qld.gov.au/news/deep-brain-stimulation-parkinsons. I operate a young onset dementia clinic at GARU. I am principal investigator in a Phase 1b/2a clinical trial of a novel antisense oligonucleotide for Huntington's Disease. I am also PI on an essential tremor trial, using a novel calcium channel antagonist. I am part of a nationwide and statewide effort to investigate drug repurposing - particularly in Parkinson's Disease. I collaborate widely in investigator led research with both clinical scientists, basic scientists and allied health practioners both at UQ and beyond. I am a research officer in PISA (Prospective Imaging Study of Aging) https://www.qimrberghofer.edu.au/pisa/.

I was trained in the US (NYU Medical Centre), UK (National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery in Queen Square, UCLH, Cambridge University Hospitals) and Australia (Royal North Shore and Westmead Hospitals, Sydney). My PhD (UCL 2014) Thesis, "Dopamine and Oculomotor Decisions In Health & Disease", investigated the use of eye movement recordings during behavioral tasks to monitor decision making in patients with focal lesions, Parkinson's disease, impulse control disorders and healthy volunteers both under the influence and without the effects of dopaminergic modulators. I teach both medical undergraduates and graduates and have written chapters in medical textbooks.