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Research@ECU with Professor Ralph Martins

Friday, 14 October 2011


Chair in Aging and Alzheimers Disease, Professor Ralph Martins is set to feature in the latest instalment of the Research@ECU series, which profiles the groundbreaking research of ECU’s academics.

Professor Ralph Martins is a leading expert in Alzheimer's disease, with a career spanning 27 years and resulting in over 200 publications in mid to high impact journals.  

Over the last 20 years Professor Martins has established a research unit which currently comprises 32 research staff and 14 postgraduate students, who are working to understand the cause(s) of Alzheimer's disease. His research has led to the identification of 3 novel drug candidates, attracting Federal funding and the interest of key commercial partners.

Professor Martins established the McCusker Foundation for Alzheimer’s disease Research in 2000 and in 2004 was appointed to the inaugural Chair in Ageing & Alzheimer’s at Edith Cowan University.

He is the winner of a number of awards, including the 2010 Western Australian of the Year and the 2011 WA Citizen of the Year Professions Award. Professor Martins is also the board member of three research foundations, and several committees for national research organisations.

Professor Martins holds Adjunct Professorships at the Thomas Jefferson University Farber Neurosciences Institution, University of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology and also the National University of Singapore. He is the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer’s disease Research.

His research is world renowned and he is considered an international expert in his field.

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