Our team

The ALIGNED study team comprises Chief Study Investigators, the Study Steering Committee, the Central Coordinating Centre and Study Sites:

Chief Study Investigators

Associate Professor Kathy Wu

Clinical Genomics, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney; School of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; Discipline of Genetic Medicine, University of Sydney; School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia

Professor Paul Fitzgerald

Head of School of Medicine and Psychology, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

Professor Anthony Rodgers​

The George Institute for Global Health; Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London; Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

Study Steering Committee

Sam Brhaspati Stott

Mental Health Consumer Advocate

Professor Anthony Harris

The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, University of Sydney

Professor Sean Hood

UWA Medical School, The University of Western Australia & Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, North Metropolitan Health Service, Health Department of Western Australia

Professor Colleen Loo

School of Psychiatry, UNSW Medicine; Black Dog Institute; The George Institute for Global Health

Dr Mike Millard

Clinical Director; Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney/UNSW Sydney

Professor Deborah Schofield

Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine, Macquarie University

Dr Rupendra Shrestha

Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine and Macquarie University Business School, Macquarie University

Professor Tim Usherwood

Speciality of General Practice, University of Sydney

Dr Fatemeh Vafaee

School of Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences and Data Science Hub, University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)

Dr Jacquie Garton-Smith

Royal Perth Hospital Liaison GP & Clinical Lead for Primary Care Integration, Health Networks, Department of Health Western Australia

Cody Roth

Mental Health Consumer Advocate

Hayley Purdon

Mental Health Consumer Advocate

Assoc. Prof Gian Luca Di Tanna

Head (Australia), Biostatistics, Biostatistics and Data Science Division, The George Institute for Global Health; UNSW Sydney

Professor Stuart Grieve​

Parker Hughes Chair of Radiology, Sydney Medical School, Head, Imaging and Phenotyping Laboratory, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney; Group Leader in Cardiac Imaging at the Heart Research Institute (HRI)

Dr Zhixin Liu

Stats Central, Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, University of New South Wales

Samuel Hockey​

Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney

Hon Keith Wilson

Meeting for Minds

Central Coordinating Centre (The George Institute for Global Health)

Niru Wijesuriya

Project Manager

Sarah Stanton

Clinical Research Associate

Brooke Livingston

Project Assistant

Ewelina Czajkowska

Clinical Trials Assistant

Study Site Team Members

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Rosalind Moxham

Central Assessor
St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

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Gemma Lamp

Study Coordinator
Australian National University

Study Coordinator

Susanne Stanley

Study Coordinator
The University of Western Australia

Min Lou

Min Lou

Study Coordinator
The Westmead Institute for Medical Research

Register your interest to take part in the ALIGNED Study

If you would like to register your interest to take part in the ALIGNED Study, please click the button below. You will be asked to complete some questions about your general health and give permission for our Study Coordinator to contact you.

Personal Information Collection Notice

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