Eskitis welcomes new Deputy Director

Associate Professor George Mellick
Associate Professor George Mellick, Deputy Director of the Eskitis Institute

Associate Professor George Mellick has been appointed Deputy Director of The Eskitis Institute.

Associate Professor Mellick is a clinical neuroscientist and he undertakes research into all aspects of Parkinson’s disease, including its cause and potential treatments.

“I’m really excited to be part of a vibrant team of dedicated researchers leading the Institute into its second decade and promoting Eskitis’ international reputation for excellence in academic drug discovery,” Associate Professor Mellick said.

A former Research Fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Associate Professor Mellick also lectures at Griffith in Neuroscience, Molecular Genetics, Bioinformatics, Pharmacology and Scientific Methods. In 2006 he won an Australia National Carrick (Education) Award.

Associate Professor Mellick takes over as Deputy Director from Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, stem cell research pioneer and former Queenslander of the Year.

Director of the Eskitis Institute, Professor Ron Quinn, paid tribute to the dedication of Professor Mackay-Sim.

“We are very grateful to Alan for his 10 years of hard work in taking Eskitis from an idea to the vibrant research hub of today,” Professor Quinn said.

“He will continue to help drive Eskitis forward as part of a strategic working group of senior staff.”

The Eskitis Institute celebrates a decade of drug discovery in 2013. For updates on events, follow @eskitis on twitter.”*