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Ian Hickie and Mathew Kiernen
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Executive team

Meet the members of our executive team

The Brain and Mind Centre Co-Directors, Professor Ian Hickie AM and Professor Matthew Kiernan, work together to lead innovative research into understanding and treating conditions across childhood, youth and ageing.  


Professor Matthew Kiernan

Co-Director, Discovery and Translation

Professor Kiernan has extensive experience in research excellence and academic leadership, nationally and internationally. He is the Bushell Chair of Neurology, Chairman of the Motor Neurone Disease Australia Research Committee, Vice-President of the Australian Brain Foundation, President-elect of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists and Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

With a truly interdisciplinary approach, the Brain and Mind Centre transforms our groundbreaking research into innovative treatments for conditions that will impact most Australians at some time in their life.
Professor Matthew Kiernan

Professor Ian Hickie AM

Co-Director, Health and Policy

Professor Ian Hickie AM is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry and a leading voice on mental health issues. He is a Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission, overseeing enhanced accountability for mental health reform in Australia. Professor Hickie was a founding director of headspace, which provides support for young people, and the inaugural chief executive of beyondblue, a non-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and suicide.

Not only are we changing the way we do health and medical research here at the University of Sydney, we are changing the way we do population health, health services innovation, public policy impact and workforce education in a 21st century society.
Professor Ian Hickie AM

Rod Gilroy

Chief Operating Officer

Rod Gilroy is the Chief Operating Officer at the Brain and Mind Centre and leads the implementation of associated strategic and operational research plans both locally and across the wider University. Rod brings a strong background in health service leadership and service delivery, having in recent years held senior executive and hospital general manager positions for Western Sydney Local Health District.