Emeritus Professor Perry Bartlett

Professorial Research Fellow

Queensland Brain Institute

Emeritus Professor

Queensland Brain Institute
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Emeritus Professor Perry Bartlett is the inaugural Director of the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) and holds the Foundation Chair in Molecular Neuroscience at The University of Queensland. Previously he was Head of the Division of Development and Neurobiology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), a past NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and ARC Federation Fellow, and a past President of the Australian Neuroscience Society.

He has published more than 260 papers, many of which have appeared in the most influential journals and have attracted over 21,313 citations. He has an H-Index of 78 and holds 21 Patents.

His achievements in neuroscience research and neuroscience leadership have been recognised with several recent prestigious awards: The CSL Florey Medal and Prize in 2015, for significant achievements in biomedical science and / or human health advancement, which has been awarded only 7 times since its inception in 1988. The Australian Neuroscience Society Distinguished Achievement Award in 2014 for an outstanding contribution to neuroscience in Australian and New Zealand. Research Australia’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, for promoting medical research. Professor Bartlett’s contributions have also been recognized through a Queensland Greats award in 2016 and the 2017 Queensland Senior Australian of the Year.

Research Impacts

Professor Bartlett has been responsible for a series of ground-breaking discoveries in neuroscience, which have often overturned existing dogma and led to a new understanding, particularly in the areas of neuronal precursor regulation and neuron survival in the developing and adult nervous system. Most prominent among these has been his pioneering role in the discovery and characterisation of neuron-producing stem cells in the adult brain, resulting in an entirely new view of the adult brain’s restorative capacity and more importantly, the realisation that cognitive functions like learning and memory appear to be regulated, at least in part, by the production of new neurons.

Professor Bartlett has championed collaborative research interactions with China establishing three joint neuroscience laboratories, including two with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has worked closely with the Southern University of Science and Technology China (SUSTech), developing collaborative connections resulting in the establishment of the SUSTech-UQ Joint Centre for Neuroscience and Neural-engineering (CNNE), officially opened in January 2020.

Recently, Professor Bartlett has translated his experimental findings through the establishment of 2 human clinical trials: examining how exercise can activate neuronal production and improve cognition in older adults, and, using a novel EpHA4 blocker to prevent the progression of motor neuron disease.


  • Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
  • PhD, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Dental Science, University of Melbourne


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Jhaveri, Dhanisha J., Prosper, Boris W. and Bartlett, Perry F. (2013). Culturing and expansion of precursor cells from the adult hippocampus. Neural Progenitor Cells: Methods and Protocols. (pp. 41-51) edited by Brent A. Reynolds and Loic P. Deleyrolle. New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-574-3_4

  • Rietze, R. L. and Bartlett, P. F. (2003). Regulation of endogenous stem cells in the adult mammalian brain: promoting neuronal repair. The Handbook of Cell Signaling - Volume 3. (pp. 625-634) edited by Ralph A. Bradshaw and Edward A. Dennis. USA: Elsevier Science. doi: 10.1016/B978-012124546-7/50714-2

  • Bartlett, Perry F., Drago, John, Kilpatrick, Trevor J., Richards, Linda J., Wookey, Peter and Murphy, Mark (1992). Regulation of the early development of the nervous system by growth factors. Development of the Central Nervous System in Vertebrates. (pp. 1-21) edited by S. C. Sharma and A. M. Goffinet. Boston, MA, United States: Springer . doi: 10.1007/978-1-4615-3018-3_1

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Egan, Gary F., Reutens, David, Bartlett, Perry F., Galloway, Graham J., Paxinos, George, Petrou, Steven, Watson, Charles, Keller, Marianne D., Andrew Janke and Kurniawan, Nyoman D. (2015). Average wild-type C57BL/6J mouse 3D MRI brain image. The University of Queensand. (Dataset) doi: 10.14264/uql.2015.864

  • Egan, Gary F., Reutens, David, Bartlett, Perry F., Galloway, Graham J., Petrou, Steven, Watson, Charles, Keller, Marianne D., Andrew Janke, Kurniawan, Nyoman D. and Ullmann, Jeremy F. (2015). Average wild-type C57BL/6J mouse 3D MRI non-symmetric brain image. Australian Mouse Brain Mapping Consortium. (Dataset) doi: 10.14264/uql.2015.863

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision