Professor Justin Yerbury
University of Wollongong, Australia

Professor Yerbury first learned about MND 20 years ago when family members were diagnosed in quick succession. He has, as a result, dedicated himself to increasing the understanding of the origins of motor neurone disease.  He undertook a Post Doc with Prof. Christopher Dobson, University of Cambridge, UK, on biochemical analysis of protein aggregates.

In 2012 he was awarded an ARC DECRA Fellowship to build a group around proteostasis defects in ALS and in 2015 was awarded an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship to continue building in this area. Ten years after graduating with a PhD he was awarded a Professorial Fellowship and the Betty Laidlaw prize in recognition of his contributions to the fields of proteostasis and MND.

Talk title
"The fine balance of proteostasis and its implications for ALS"