Creating sustained improvements for neuroimmunology and emerging diseases

The National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases is a world-class research facility focusing on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Our research is world-leading in the area of identification of the pathology, development of a screen/diagnostic test and drug treatments for ME/CFS patients. Our aim is to translate our research to improve ME/CFS patient outcomes in the area of preventative medicine, social and clinical care, and public health.

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Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik

  • Immunology
  • CFS/ME - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
  • Immunogenetics


Professor Donald Staines

  • Medical and clinical aspects of ME/CFS
  • Communicable diseases, environmental health and specialist physician
  • Population health

Full members

Dr Leighton Barnden

Dr Leighton Barnden is a Medical Scientist who started his career in Nuclear Medicine, but for the last 25 years has specialised in medical image processing. His publications on brain ‘structural’ MRI imaging in CFS reported abnormal autonomic nervous system function.

Dr Helene Cabanas

Dr Helene Cabanas is a young emerging researcher who specializes in understanding calcium pathway signalling and their implications in physiological and pathophysiological processes. Her current research focus on the pathomechanism of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME).

Professor Alfred Lam

Professor Lam is the Foundation Chair Professor in Griffith University and is also a senior pathologist working at Gold Coast University Hospital. His research focus is on diagnostic and molecular pathology of cancers, in particular gastrointestinal, endocrine and head/neck tumours.

Professor Donald Stewart

Professor Stewart's work in health promotion relates to community development and hygiene in rural areas in SE Asia. He has developed international research projects for chronic and neuro-degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's Disease and Aphasia and chronic and persistent pain.


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The National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Disease is proud to be partnered with the Alison Hunter Memorial Foundation (AHMF).  Donations may be made either directly to NCNED or through the AHMF. Please be assured that all donations are eligible for tax deductions. The Development and Alumni Office at Griffith University is responsible for handling all financial donations.

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