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Associate Professor Simon Laws

Genomic Leader/Deputy CSO (CRC-MH)

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5128, Mobile: 0408 789 680, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO17.310
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5128  
Mobile: 0408 789 680  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO17.310  


Simon is an Associate Professor in the School of Medical Sciences and is the Deputy Chief Science Officer in the CRC for Mental Health.

Staff Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2003.
  • Bachelor of Science, Curtin University of Technology, 1999.


Recent Research Grants

  • Genetic Linkages to mTOR pathway dysregulation and development of Alzheimers Disease,  CRC For Mental Health,  WES Study,  2015 - 2018,  $400,000.
  • Biomarkers and Early Intervention for Neurodegeneration,  CRC For Mental Health,  CRC Grant,  2011 - 2018,  $414,043.
  • 4.1 Biomarkers for Early Diagnosis of AD and PD,  CRC For Mental Health,  CRC Grant,  2011 - 2018,  $5,429,765.
  • Development and refinement of methods for early and specific diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, quantification of rates of change in the pathological processes and determination of the resultant effects on cognition.,  Fil Foundation,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $417,506.
  • CRC for Mental Health - Neurogenerative disease: Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) study ,  CRC For Mental Health,  GWAS Study,  2014 - 2016,  $395,000.
  • In vitro functional analysis of Alzheimer?s disease associated genetic variants,  Department of Health WA,  Near Miss Merit Awards,  2015 - 2016,  $75,000.
  • Validation of genetic variants and their functional implications in Alzheimers Disease,  ANZ Executors and Trustee Company Limited,  Judith Jane Mason and Harold Stannett Williams Memorial Foundation - National Medical & Scientific Grants,  2014 - 2015,  $40,000.
  • Western Australian Zebrafish Facility,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2014,  $682,000.
  • Discovery and Validation of Alzheimer's disease biomarkers in human plasma,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2011 - 2014,  $352,524.
  • NEW INDEPENDENT RESEARCHER INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT (NIRIS) AWARDS 2011,  Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Council WA,  New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS),  2011 - 2012,  $10,000.
  • Neon Transfection System and Biomedical Research Grade -30oC Freezer for Alzheimer?s and Melanoma Research,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Equipment Grant 2011,  2011 - 2012,  $10,927.
  • AIBL: Imaging and genetic study add-ons (ECU project: Genomic Studies - Candidate Gene Validation Stream),  Confidential,  Confidential,  2011 - 2012,  $95,238.
  • Molecular & neuropsychological predictive markers of cognitive decline,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Grant,  2005 - 2007,  $423,750.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Rembach, A., Evered, L., Li, Q., Nash, T., Vidaurre, L., Fowler, CJ., Pertile, KK., Rumble, RL., Trounson, BO., Maher, S., Mooney, F., Farrow, M., Taddei, K., Rainey-Smith, S., Laws, S., Macaulay, SL., Wilson, W., Darby, DG., Martins, R., Ames, D., Collins, S., Silbert, B., Masters, CL., Doecke, JD., Aibl Research Group, .., (2015), Alzheimer's Disease cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers are not influenced by gravity drip or aspiration extraction methodology. Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, 7(2015), Article number 71, London, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1186/s13195-015-0157-7.
  • Gupta, V., Wilson, A., Burnham, S., Hone, E., Pedrini, S., Laws, S., Lim, F., Rembach, A., Rainey-Smith, S., Ames, D., Cobiac, L., Macaulay, SL., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Bush, A., Martins, R., (2015), Follow-up plasma apolipoprotein E levels in the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing (AIBL) cohort. Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, 7(1), Article no.16, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1186/s13195-015-0105-6.
  • Li, Q., Villemagne, V., Doecke, J., Rembach, A., Sarros, S., Varghese, S., McGlade, A., Laughton, K., Pertile, K., Fowler, C., Rumble, R., Trounson, B., Taddei, K., Rainey-Smith, S., Laws, S., Robertson, J., Evered, L., Silbert, B., Ellis, K., Rowe, C., Macaulay, S., Darby, D., Martins, R., Ames, D., Masters, C., Collins, S., (2015), Alzheimer?s Disease Normative Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers Validated in PET Amyloid-? Characterized Subjects from the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) study. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 48(1), 175-187, Amsterdam, Netherlands, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-150247.
  • Gu, B., Field, J., Duterte, S., Ou, A., Kilpatrick, T., Lechner-Scott, J., Scott, R., Lea, R., Taylor, B., Stankovich, J., Butzkueven, H., Gresle, M., Laws, S., Petrou, S., Hoffjan, S., Akkad, D., Graham, C., Hawkins, S., Glaser, A., Bedri, S., Hillert, J., Matute, C., Antiguedad, A., Consortium, A., Wiley, J., (2015), A rare P2X7 variant Arg307Gln with absent pore formation function protects against neuroinflammation in multiple sclerosis. Human Molecular Genetics, 24(19), 5644-54, Oxford, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1093/hmg/ddv278.
  • Thai, C., Lim, YY., Villemagne, VL., Laws, S., Ames, D., Ellis, KA., Rainey-Smith, S., Martins, R., Masters, CL., Rowe, CC., Maruff, P., Aibl Research Group, .., (2015), Amyloid-Related Memory Decline in Preclinical Alzheimer?s Disease is Dependent on APOE ?4 and is Detectable over 18-Months. PLoS One, 10(10), Article number e0139082, San Francisco, California, United States, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139082.
  • Sohrabi, H., Bates, K., Weinborn, M., Bucks, R., Rainey-Smith, S., Rodrigues, M., Bird, S., Brown, B., Beilby, J., Howard, M., Criddle, A., Wraith, M., Taddei, K., Martins, G., Paton, A., Shah, T., Dhaliwal, S., Mehta, P., Foster, J., Martins, I., Lautenschlager, N., Mastaglia, F., Laws, S., Martins, R., (2015), Bone mineral density, adiposity, and cognitive functions. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 7(FEB), Article no. 16, Lausanne, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2015.00016.
  • Rembach, A., Faux, N., Watt, A., Pertile, K., Rumble, R., Trounson, B., Fowler, C., Roberts, B., Perez, K., Li, Q., Laws, S., Taddei, K., Rainey-Smith, S., Robertson, J., Vandijck, M., Vanderstichele, H., Barnham, K., Ellis, K., Szoeke, C., Macaulay, L., Rowe, C., Villemagne, V., Ames, D., Martins, R., Bush, A., Masters, C., Aibl Research Group, T., (2014), Changes in plasma amyloid beta in a longitudinal study of aging and Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's and Dementia, 10(1), 53-61, United States, DOI: 10.1016/j.jalz.2012.12.006.
  • Kanyenda, L., Verdile, G., Martins, R., Meloni, B., Chieng, J., Mastaglia, F., Laws, S., Anderton, R., Boulos, S., (2014), Is cholesterol and amyloid-? stress induced CD147 expression a protective response? Evidence that extracellular cyclophilin a mediated neuroprotection is reliant on CD147. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 39(3), 545-546, Netherlands, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-131442.
  • Lim, YY., Villemagne, VL., Laws, S., Pietrzak, RH., Snyder, PJ., Ames, D., Ellis, KA., Harrington, K., Rembach, A., Martins, R., Rowe, CC., Masters, CL., Maruff, P., (2014), APOE and BDNF polymorphisms moderate amyloid ?-related cognitive decline in preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Molecular Psychiatry, online first(online first), 1-7, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1038/mp.2014.123.
  • Brown, B., Bourgeat, P., Peiffer, J., Burnham, S., Laws, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Bartres-Faz, D., Villemagne, V., Taddei, K., Rembach, A., Bush, A., Ellis, K., Macaulay, SL., Rowe, C., Ames, D., Masters, C., Maruff, P., Martins, R., (2014), Influence of BDNF Val66Met on the relationship between physical activity and brain volume. Neurology, 83(15), 1345-52, DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000867.
  • Villemagne, V., Dore, V., Yates, P., Brown, B., Mulligan, R., Bourgeat, P., Veljanoski, R., Rainey-Smith, S., Ong, K., Rembach, A., Williams, R., Burnham, S., Laws, S., Salvado, O., Taddei, K., Macaulay, SL., Martins, R., Ames, D., Masters, C., Rowe, C., (2014), En Attendant Centiloid. Advances in Research, 2(12), 723-729, Online, DOI: 10.9734/AIR/2014/11599.
  • Lim, YY., Villemagne, V., Laws, S., Ames, D., Pietrzak, R., Ellis, K., Harrington, K., Bourgeat, P., Bush, A., Martins, R., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Maruff, P., (2014), Effect of BDNF Val66Met on memory decline and hippocampal atrophy in prodromal Alzheimer?s disease: A preliminary study. PLoS One, 9(1), Article no. e86498, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0086498.
  • Burnham, S., Faux, N., Wilson, W., Laws, S., Ames, D., Bedo, J., Bush, A., Doecke, J., Ellis, K., Head, R., Jones, G., Kiiveri, H., Martins, R., Rembach, A., Rowe, C., Salvado, O., Macaulay, SL., Masters, C., Villemagne, V., (2013), A blood-based predictor for neocortical A-beta burden in Alzheimer's disease: results from the AIBL study. Molecular Psychiatry, 19(2014), 519-526, United Kingdom.
  • Lim, YY., Villemagne, V., Laws, S., Ames, D., Pietrzak, R., Ellis, K., Harrington, K., Bourgeat, P., Salvado, O., Darby, D., Snyder, P., Bush, A., Martins, R., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Nathan, P., Maruff, P., (2013), BDNF Val66Met, Abeta amyloid, and cognitive decline in preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of Aging, 34(11), 2457-2464, United States.
  • Martins, I., Lim, F., Wilson, A., Laws, S., Martins, R., (2013), The acceleration of aging and Alzheimer?s disease through the biological mechanisms behind obesity and type II diabetes. Health, 5(5), 913-920, United States of America, DOI: 10.4236/health.2013.55121.
  • Sharman, M., Moussavi Nik, S., Chen, M., Ong, D., Wijaya, L., Laws, S., Taddei, K., Newman, M., Lardelli, M., Martins, R., Verdile, G., (2013), The Guinea Pig as a Model for Sporadic Alzheimer's Disease (AD): The Impact of Cholesterol Intake on Expression of AD-Related Genes. PLoS One, 8(6), e66235.
  • Sohrabi, H., Bates, K., Weinborn, M., Johnston, A., Bahramian, A., Taddei, K., Laws, S., Rodrigues, M., Morici, M., Howard, M., Martins, G., Mackay-Sim, A., Gandy, S., Martins, R., (2012), Olfactory discrimination predicts cognitive decline amongst community-dwelling older adults. Translational Psychiatry , 2(2012), art. no. e118 , DOI: 10.1038/tp.2012.43.
  • Martins, I., Wilson, A., Lim, F., Laws, S., Fuller, S., Martins, R., (2012), Sirtuin-1 mediates the obesity induced risk of common degenerative diseases: Alzheimer?s disease, coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes. Health, 4(12A), 1448-1456, United States, DOI: 10.4236/health.2012.412A209.
  • Guo, LH., Westerteicher, C., Wang, X., Kratzer, M., Tsolakidou, A., Jiang, M., Grimmer, T., Laws, S., Alexopoulos, P., Bujo, H., Kurz, A., Perneczky, R., (2012), SORL1 genetic variants and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 262(6), 529-534, DOI: 10.1007/s00406-012-0295-x.
  • Brown, B., Peiffer, J., Taddei, K., Lui, J., Laws, S., Gupta, V., Taddei, T., Ward, V., Rodrigues, M., Burnham, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Villemagne, V., Bush, A., Ellis, K., Masters, C., Ames, D., Macaulay, L., Szoeke, C., Rowe, C., Martins, R., (2012), Physical activity and amyloid-? plasma and brain levels: results from the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Study of Ageing. Molecular Psychiatry, 18(8), 875-881, United Kingdom.
  • Doecke, J., Laws, S., Faux, N., Wilson, W., Burnham, S., Lam, P., Mondal, A., Bedo, J., Bush, A., Brown, B., De Ruyck, K., Ellis, K., Fowler, C., Gupta, V., Head, R., Macaulay, SL., Pertile, K., Rowe, C., Rembach, A., Rodrigues, M., Rumble, R., Szoeke, C., Taddei, K., Taddei, T., Trounson, B., Ames, D., Masters, C., Martins, R., (2012), Blood-Based Protein Biomarkers for Diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease. Archives of Neurology, 69(10), 1318-1325, United States, DOI: 10.1001/archneurol.2012.1282.
  • Lau, S., Bates, K., Sohrabi, H., Rodrigues, M., Martins, G., Dhaliwal, S., Taddei, K., Laws, S., Martins, I., Mastaglia, F., Foster, J., Phillips, J., Martins, R., (2012), Functional effects of genetic polymorphism in inflammatory genes in subjective memory complainers. Neurobiology of Aging, 33(6), 1054-1056, United States, DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2010.09.003.
  • Verdile, G., Laws, S., Henley, D., Ames, D., Bush, A., Ellis, K., Faux, N., Gupta, V., Li, Q., Masters, C., Pike, K., Rowe, C., Szoeke, C., Taddei, K., Villemagne, V., Martins, R., (2012), Associations between gonadotropins, testosterone and ? amyloid in men at risk of Alzheimer's disease. Molecular Psychiatry, 19(1), 69-75, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1038/mp.2012.147.
  • Pike, K., Ellis, KA., Villemagne, VL., Good, N., Chetelat, G., Ames, D., Szoeke, C., Laws, S., Verdile, G., Martins, R., Masters, CL., Rowe, CC., (2011), Cognition and beta-amyloid in preclinical Alzheimer's disease: Data from the AIBL study. Neuropsychologia, 49(9), 2384-2390, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.04.012.
  • Gupta, V., Laws, S., Villemagne, V., Ames, D., Bush, A., Ellis, K., Lui, J., Masters, C., Rowe, C., Szoeke, C., Taddei, K., Martins, R., (2011), Plasma apolipoprotein e and Alzheimer disease risk: The AIBL study of aging. Neurology, 76(12), 1091-1098, DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318211c352.
  • Freidrich, P., Feulner, T., Laws, S., Eckart, K., Perneczky, R., Kurz, A., Forstl, H., Riemenschneider, M., (2011), No association of Tachykinin receptor 2 (TACR2) polymorphisms with Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of Aging, 32(3), 544-545, United States, DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2009.03.007.
  • Laws, S., Eckart, K., Freidrich, P., Kurz, A., Forstl, H., Riemenschneider, M., (2011), Lack of evidence to support the association of polymorphisms within the ? and ? secretase genes (ADAM10/BACE1) with Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of Aging, 32(3), 541-543, United States, DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2009.02.023.
  • Faux, NG., Ellis, KA., Porter, L., Fowler, CJ., Laws, S., Martins, R., Pertile, K., Rembach, A., Rowe, CC., Rumble, RL., Szoeke, C., Taddei, K., Taddei, T., Trounson, BO., Villemagne, VL., Ward, V., Ames, D., Masters, CL., Bush, A., (2011), Homocysteine, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid Levels in Alzheimer's Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Healthy Elderly: Baseline Characteristics in Subjects of the Australian Imaging Biomarker Lifestyle Study. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 27(4), 909-922 , Netherlands, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-2011-I10752.
  • Lambert, J., Dallongeville, J., Ellis, KA., Schraen-Maschke, S., Lui, J., Laws, S., Dumont, J., Richard, F., Cottel, D., Berr, C., Ames, D., Masters, CL., Rowe, CC., Szoeke, C., Tzourio, C., Dartigues, J., Buee, L., Martins, R., Amouyel, P., (2011), Association of plasma A? peptides with blood pressure in the elderly. PLoS One, 6(4), e18536, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018536.
  • Laws, S., Eckart, K., Friedrich, P., Eisele, T., Kurz, TU., Forstl, H., Reimenschneider, M., (2010), No association of lipase C polymorphisms with Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of Aging, 31(12), 2192-2193 , United States.
  • Lui, J., Laws, S., Li, Q., Villemagne, V., Ames, D., Brown, B., Bush, A., De Ruyck, K., Dromey, J., Ellis, K., Faux, N., Foster, J., Fowler, C., Gupta, V., Hudson, P., Laughton, K., Masters, C., Pertile, K., Rembach, A., Rimajova, M., Rodrigues, M., Rowe, C., Rumble, R., Szoecke, C., Taddei, K., Taddei, T., Trounson, B., Ward, V., Martins, R., (2010), Plasma amyloid-? as a biomarker in Alzheimer?s disease: the AIBL study of aging. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 20(4), 1233-1242, Netherlands.
  • Feulner, T., Laws, S., Friedrich, P., Wagenpfeil, S., Wurst, S., Riehle, C., Kuhn, K., Krawczak, M., Schreiber, S., Nikolaus, S., Forstl, H., Kurz, A., Reimenschneider, M., (2010), Examination of the current top candidate genes for AD in a genome-wide association study. Molecular Psychiatry, 15(7), 756?766, United Kingdom.
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