Professor Peter Nestor

Professor in Neuroscience

Queensland Brain Institute
+61 7 334 66389


Prof Nestor joined the Queensland Brain Institute in October/2017 and has a conjoint appointment as a cognitive neurologist at Mater Misericordiae Ltd (Mater Hospital).

His particular interests include understanding the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease (i.e. before dementia is established); atypical forms of dementia with a particular focus on primary progressive aphasia; and improving differential diagnosis between the major categories of neurodegenerative diseases.

He works on development of neuropsychological tests of cognition, both to acccurately track change over time and improve diagnostic accuracy between the major diseases causing dementia. He also uses multi-modal imaging (magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] and positron emission tomography [PET]) to understand the sequence of events occuring in degenerative brain diseases (particularly Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson's disease, motor neuron disease [ALS], progressive supranuclear palsy [PSP] and corticobasal degeneration [CBD]) and identify novel biomarkers. A major focus of his is on developing novel approaches to MR imaging for single subject pathological diagnoses that can be exported into the everyday clinical setting; recent examples include diffusion tensor imaging to identify PSP and CBD (Sajjadi et al, 2013) and quantitative susceptibility mapping in Parkinson's disease (Acosta-Cabornero et al, 2013).

Research Interests

  • Cognitive neurology
  • frontotemporal lobar degeneration
  • progressive aphasia
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Neurodegenerative diseases


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine, University of Cambridge


  • Acosta-Cabronero, Julio, Machts, Judith, Schreiber, Stefanie, Abdulla, Susanne, Kollewe, Katja, Petri, Susanne, Spotorno, Nicola, Kaufmann, Joern, Heinze, Hans-Jochen, Dengler, Reinhard, Vielhaber, Stefan and Nestor, Peter J. (2018) Quantitative susceptibility MRI to detect brain iron in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Radiology, 289 1: 180112-203. doi:10.1148/radiol.2018180112

  • Schreiber, Stefanie, Schreiber, Frank, Debska-Vielhaber, Grazyna, Garz, Cornelia, Hensiek, Nathalie, Machts, Judith, Abdulla, Susanne, Dengler, Reinhard, Petri, Susanne, Nestor, Peter J. and Vielhaber, Stefan (2018) Differential involvement of forearm muscles in ALS does not relate to sonographic structural nerve alterations. Clinical Neurophysiology, 129 7: 1438-1443. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2018.04.610

  • Walker, Zuzana, Gandolfo, Federica, Orini, Stefania, Garibotto, Valentina, Agosta, Federica, Arbizu, Javier, Bouwman, Femke, Drzezga, Alexander, Nestor, Peter, Boccardi, Marina, Altomare, Daniele, Festari, Cristina, Nobili, Flavio and EANM-EAN Task Force for the recommendation of FDG PET for Dementing Neurodegenerative Disorders (2018) Clinical utility of FDG PET in Parkinson's disease and atypical parkinsonism associated with dementia. European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, 45 9: 1534-1545. doi:10.1007/s00259-018-4031-2

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Book Chapter

  • Nestor, Peter J. (2017). Frontotemporal dementia. In David Ames, John T. O'Brien and Alistair Burns (Ed.), Dementia 5th ed. (pp. 749-758) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press.

  • Sajjadi, S. A. and Nestor, P. J. (2016). Bedside assessment of cognition. In Hussain, M. and Schott, J. M. (Ed.), Oxford Textbook of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia (pp. 105-112) Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK: OUP.

Journal Article