Professor Tissa Wijeratne
Senior Neurologist/Clinician-Scientist/ Advocate/ Global Health Expert/ Educator
Professor Tissa Wijeratne is a highly qualified, world recognised senior Neurologist and clinician scientist interested in promoting brain health and preventing neurological disorders globally.
Dr Lan Gao
Dr Gao has dual qualifications in both Medicine (Bachelor in Medicine, 2008 and Master in Medicine, 2010) and health economics (PhD in Pharmacy (Pharmacoeconomics), 2015). She was a medical doctor by training and is an experienced health economist. She is rapidly building up a portfolio in the health economics focused on cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and migraine. She is a board member, Migraine Foundation Australia and a close collaborator with Professor Tissa Wijeratne and the team.
Professor Algis Vingrys
Senior Vision scientist and Professor in Optomttry
His research interests lay in developing a better understanding of eye disease such as; diabetes, glaucoma and age-related maculopathy as well as neurological disorders that can affect vision, such as; migraine and stoke. He was a contributor to several seminal publications on the effects that migraine can have on vision and more recently has published on the role that self-monitoring of vision at home has in predicting the onset of a migraine event – their work shows that it can.
He has had a major interest in the role that new technology and home-monitoring can have in vision and disease detection and monitoring for some time, pertaining to; AMD, Diabetes, Glaucoma, Neurological disorders and Migraine. His group have been recognised for research excellence by nominations by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) program committee as reporting ‘Emerging trends and Hot topics’ in 2016 and 2018, a distinction awarded to 2% of ARVO submissions in any year. These representing the newest and most innovative research being conducted across all the specialties of ARVO and is a distinction awarded to just over 2% of Annual Meeting submissions.
Dr. Dilani Wijeratne
Psychiatrist and co-founder of A.I.M
Dilani is a senior consultant psychiatrist ( former lead Psychiatrist with fifteen years’ experience as a psychiatrist at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne). Dr. Wijeratne graduated from Flinders University South Australia. She then completed her internship at Flinders Medical Centre.
Dr Kar Yan Lo
Kar-Yan graduated from University of Melbourne and completed her specialty training in neurology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Cabrini Hospital and Western Hospital. She currently holds a Fellowship at The Alfred Hospital in Neurophysiology and Movement Disorders and is an Honorary Ffellow at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
Dr Lo sees patients with a broad range of neurological disorders and she also offers consultations in Cantonese.
Dr Abhishek Malhotra
After my initial medical training (MBBS, MD General Medicine) from India, I worked in Nepal (2003/2004) and UK (2005) before moving to Queensland in 2005.Subsequently,I completed my basic physician training from East Coast Medical Network in NSW (Prince of Wale , Wollongong and Port Macquarie Hospitals) followed by neurology advanced training in Gosford Hospital ,NSW (2010) and Geelong Hospital, Victoria. (2011) .
Dr Stephen Fasulakis - Interventional radiologist
Senior Interventional Radiologist
Interventional radiologist BSc MBChB FCR SA FRANZCR
Dr Mina Ghaly
Dr. Mina Ghaly FRACP is a highly qualified Australian-trained neurologist. He subspecialises in Movement Disorder Neurology, and also undertakes General Neurology.
Dr Fatemeh Rezania
MD FRACP, completed her training in Neurology at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, University Hospital Geelong and Western Health. Fatemeh is a Consultant Neurologist at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and University Hospital Geelong. She has a strong passion for teaching and research and is actively involved in the teaching of medical students and physician trainees. She has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at multiple national and international conferences and is a reviewer for medical journals.
Dr Simon Sung
Dr. Sung graduated from University of Melbourne and completed his basic physician training and advanced training in clinical neurology, neurophysiology through Western General Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
Dr Melissa Tang
Melissa is a neurologist specialising in movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease, atypical parkinsonian conditions, tremor, tic disorders, dystonia and related conditions) and migraines. When she is not caring for her two sons, she enjoys cycling and yoga.
Dr Sujith Ayyappan
Highly qualified neurologist and neurophysiologist with a special interest in migraine , headache disorders and neurophysiological aspects
A/Prof Leila Karimi
Academic Psychologist and accredited statistician
A/Professor Leila Karimi is an accredited statistician and an experienced researcher in psychology and psychometrics. Leila is a strong research advocate for improving the quality of patient care. Her current interests are in the areas of migraine comorbidity with mental health disorders, quality of patient care, healthy community, knowledge translation, and applied health research.
Dr Carmela Sales
Dr Carmela Sales is highly qualified in neurology, neuroimmunology and headache medicine. She has published well across many areas in neurology and headache medicine. She is a board Director, Migraine Foundation
Dr Cynthia Chen
Dr Chen is a graduate from the University of Melbourne. She has practised for over 20 years in Australia and overseas as a Physician and Neurologist, both in the public system and private practice. She is a highly qualified general neurologist with special interests and experience in headaches, epilepsy, Parkinsonism, dementia and stroke.
Professor Mingguang He
Prof. Mingguang He is currently the Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne and Centre for Eye Research Australia and Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness (Australia). He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists with a particular interest in Collaborative Myopia Control, Glaucoma, Migraine and general ophthalmology. He graduated from Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences and obtained degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy. He received research training from Johns Hopkins University (MPH) and University College London (MSc PhD).
Dr George Kong
Dr George Kong is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and Glaucoma subspecialist with a particular interest in migraine, cataract surgery, comprehensive glaucoma management, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, and complex glaucoma caused by angle closure and inflammatory eye diseases.
Professor Allison McCendrick
Allison is a Professor in the Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Melbourne School of Health Sciences. Her research aims to better understand normal visual processing and damage due to disease, and to provide recommendations for improved clinical identification of vision disorder.
Dr Deena Ebaid
Neuroscience, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist
Deena's expertise is at the intersection of two domains: biological contributions to cognitive changes in healthy aging and cognitive changes after cerebrovascular events and brain disorders.
Dr Litza Kiropolous
Academic Clinical Psychologist with special interest in neuroinflamation
Ms Stefanie Bird
Board Director, Migraine Foundation
Research Assistant/Study Coordinator with the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science, within the Department of Medicine - Western Health, University of Melbourne, and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Prof Lyn Griffiths
Lyn R Griffiths is a Distinguished Professor of molecular genetics at Queensland University of Technology, where she is director of the Centre for Genomics and Personalised Health, the Genomics Research Centre and the BridgeTech Programs. Griffiths is internationally renowned for her work in the discovery the genetics of migraine headaches
Meet the Team
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Migraine is the commonest medical disorder, with five million sufferers in Australia.
Migraine continues to be the most misdiagnosed, worst managed brain disorder affecting over a billion people globally. A.I.M. aspires to end Migraine through a co-design model (with patients, carers and clinicians) and peer support with quality care, collaboration, education, research and the highest quality service throughout Australia and be a model for the rest of the nations in the world. Let us work together to make Migraine a thing of the past.
"We did not have a dedicated institute for Migraine in Australia till today. We are delighted to bring this unique, patient-centred since the very inception of the idea to the future, co-designed with the help of patients and families with fifteen high-quality headache experts and a multidisciplinary team under the same rooftop with virtual access to the patients from all corners from Australia as we continue to expand our services nationally," Prof Wijeratne