Professor Gerard Byrne

Gerard Byrne is Professor and Head of the Academic Discipline of Psychiatry within the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland. His research interests include brain diseases and mental disorders in older people.

He is currently a chief investigator on several NHMRC-funded research projects, including a large project investigating individuals at high polygenic risk of Alzheimer’s disease. With colleague Prof Nancy Pachana, he developed the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and is in widespread use throughout the world.

Professor Byrne is the bi-national director of advanced training in psychiatry of old age for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research at the Queensland Brain Institute.

He received the 2012 RANZCP Senior Research Award and the 2016 RANZCP Meritorious Service Award. In 2013 he delivered the RANZCP Bostock Oration.


Head of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland

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