Dr Rob Adam

Academic Title-Senior Lecturer

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine


Dr. Robert James Adam MA(Cantab) MBBS (London) MRCP(UK)(Neurology) PhD(UCL) FRACP

Neurologist trained in the US (NYU Medical Centre), UK (National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery in Queen Square, UCLH, Cambridge University Hospitals) and Australia (Royal North Shore and Westmead Hospitals, Sydney). I have subspecialty interests in cognition and movement disorders. I am also an enthusiastic medical educator. My PhD (UCL 2014) Thesis, "Dopamine and Oculomotor Decisions In Health & Disease", investigated the use of eye movement recordings during behavioral tasks to monitor decision making in patients with focal lesions, Parkinson's disease, impulse control disorders and healthy volunteers both under the influence and without the effects of dopaminergic modulators. I teach both undergraduates and medical graduates and have written chapters in medical textbooks.

My current research focuses on biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia (including Alzheimer's and Frontotemporal Dementia) and movement disorders (including Parkinson's Disease, related movement disorders and Huntington's Disease).

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Neurology


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University College London
  • FRACP, Royal Australasian College of Physicians


  • Barker, Megan S., Nelson, Nicole L., O'Sullivan, John D., Adam, Robert and Robinson, Gail A. (2018) Energization and spoken language production: evidence from progressive supranuclear palsy. Neuropsychologia, 119 349-362. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.09.004

  • Heyes, Stephanie Burnett, Adam, Robert J., Urner, Maren, van der Leer, Leslie, Bahrami, Bahador, Bays, Paul M. and Husain, Masud (2017) Impulsivity and rapid decision-making for reward. Frontiers in Psychology, 3 MAY: . doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00153

  • Tai, Yi-cheng, Yin, Yun Wo Katie, Ha, Ainhi D., Adam, Robert, Mahant, Neil, Sue, Carolyn M. and Fung, Victor S. C. (2016) Neurophysiological features Of Hemiballism. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice, 4 1: 116-120. doi:10.1002/mdc3.12356

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  • Master Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Chang, F. C. F., Mahant, N., Fung, V. S. C., Tsui, D. S. Y., Aldaajani, Z., Adam, R. and Hely, M. A. (2015). Antecollis associated with Parkinson's disease improved following apomorphine therapy. In: 19th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, San Diego, CA, United States, (S75-S76). 14-18 June 2015.

  • Fiddes, Barnaby, Adam, Robert, Donaghy, Alastair, Whyte, Adam and Allen, Chris (2013). The changing face of urgent neurology outpatient referrals. In: Annual Meeting of the Association-of-British-Neurologists, Glasgow, Scotland, (). 21-24 May 2013. doi:10.1136/jnnp-2013-306573.54

  • Adam, R. J., Bays, P. M., Singh-Curry, V., Bain, P. G. and Husain, M. (2009). Oculomotor Impulsivity in Parkinson'S Disease. In: Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. ABN Joint Annual Meeting/Spanish-Society-of-Neurology, Liverpool England, (S289-S289). Jun 22-26, 2009. doi:10.1136/jnnp.2009.191759r

  • Adam, R., Bays, P. M., Singh-Curry, V., Bain, P. and Husain, M. (2009). A novel task to probe impulsivity in Parkinson's disease. In: 13th International Congress of Parkinsons Disease and Movement Disorders, Paris, France, (S289-S289). 7-11 June 2009.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor