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Michael Nilsson

Professor Michael Nilsson, MD PhD

Director, Hunter Medical Research Institute
Burges Professor of Medical Science

Professor Michael Nilsson, MD, PhD is an internationally well-established neuroscientist with two decades experience within the fields of astrocyte biology, brain plasticity and recovery after stroke.

In 2012, Professor Nilsson was appointed Director of Hunter Medical Research Institute and Burges Professor of Medical Science at the University of Newcastle. Previously Professor Nilsson was Director of Research, Development and Education at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden – northern Europe’s largest university hospital – where he was responsible for the strategic planning and support of clinical sciences.

His continued research involves studies of astrocyte functions in brain plasticity and repair after stroke. The role of enriched environment in plasticity and regeneration has also been a main focus and constitutes an important platform for ongoing studies. He has initiated, planned and established pioneering translational research programs that combine basic and clinical research in rehabilitation neuroscience involving studies on the effects of cardiovascular exercise, music and rhythm on cognition.

In addition to his research achievements he has a proven track record in team and relationship building, and managing innovation and change.

In November 2012, Professor Nilsson was appointed Conjoint Professor of Neurological Rehabilitation at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. While retaining his research network in Sweden, Australia and internationally he is now building a strong research platform within HMRI.


Brad Webb

Mr Brad Webb

Associate Director Strategy and Engagement

Brad is part of the HMRI Executive and is responsible for developing engagement strategies for key research, peak body and government stakeholders. Other focus areas include securing Government research, infrastructure and capital funding, contract (industry) research funding and clinical trials, strategic corporate governance and infrastructure planning. Brad is also responsible for research programme succession planning and supporting career development for HMRI researchers.




Sally-CastleMs Sally Castle

Associate Director Marketing and Development

Sally’s specialty is taking a leadership role in organisations undergoing rapid growth, bringing a wealth of experience in fundraising, finance, marketing and operational efficiency to the table. Previously she served as Marketing Director for the profit-for-purpose organisation Climate Friendly. Her health and medical research résumé includes successful stints as Marketing & Fundraising Manager for the Centenary Institute in Sydney, Events Manager for the National Heart Foundation and Publicity & Entertainment Coordinator for the MS Society of NSW.

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