Scientific Advisory Council

The Scientific Advisory Council is a committee of the NSV Board.

Strategic Direction

  • To focus the SAC to that of a strategic and operational interaction between Members, geared towards development of Melbourne as a global centre for neuroscience.
  • To identify and fast track major new initiatives and maintain strong communication with government, industry and philanthropy where appropriate
  • To provide a forum for senior management across the Melbourne neuroscience cluster to identify and manage priorities and strategies for the Victorian neuroscience community.

Operational Activities

  • Maintain an awareness of issues relevant to neuroscience across the sector, locally, interstate and internationally
  • Identify and coordinate new program development where there is a major technology gap in Victoria; identify and head hunt world class staffing for these initiatives
  • Support important capability areas where there is significant resource which is poorly coordinated or fragmented
  • Form working groups as required of Members or non-Members to facilitate liaison and development of new initiatives


  • Prof Graeme Jackson (Chair), The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Dr Joe Ciorciari, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Prof Steve Davis AM, Melbourne Health
  • Prof Geoff Donnan AO, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Prof Paul Fitzgerald, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre
  • Prof Trevor Kilpatrick, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Andrew Milner, Neurosciences Victoria
  • Prof Chris Rowe, Austin Health
  • Prof Rob Shepherd, The Bionics Institute
  • Prof Ian Smith, Monash University