Clare Parish, PhD

Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, The University of Melbourne

Clare Parish, PhD, is a developmental neuroscientist with 20 years of experience in Parkinson’s disease research. She has specialized expertise in the directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into various neural and neuronal lineages—work that has contributed to the development of highly standardized protocols and the implementation of strategies to facilitate cross-continental research. She has utilized these cells and protocols to model neural development and disease, and advance cell-based therapies for neural repair, predominantly around the central theme of dopamine biology and Parkinson’s disease. She has an international reputation in improving the safety and functional integration of stem cell-derived neural transplants for Parkinson’s disease. Most recently this has included successful efforts to combine both cell and gene therapy. Parish has a long-standing and highly productive collaboration in these areas with Dr. Lachlan Thompson, and in more recent years, Dr. Deniz Kirik.