Meet our remarkable team
Meet the faces of the NCNED team of researchers, support staff, and collaborators who together are working to improve the lives of ME/CFS patients.
Professor Donald Staines
- Medical and clinical aspects of ME/CFS
- Communicable diseases, environmental health and specialist physician
- Population health
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.
Dr Kiran Thapaliya
Dr Kiran Thapaliya is a Research Fellow in the area of Neuroimaging with NCNED researchers. Kiran's expertise is the area of modelling MR signals to study tissue microstructure in the human brain using multi-echo gradient echo at 7 Tesla. His expertise is on myelin imaging, signal modelling, magnetic susceptibility and quantitative susceptibility mapping.
- Cassandra Balinas
- Natalie Eaton
- Stanley Du Preez
- Matthew Corbitt
- Rebekah Maksoud
- Breanna Weigel