Researcher

Dr Iain Edward Perkes

My Expertise

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • child and adolescent psychiatry

Keywords

Biography

I am a general and subspecialist (child and adolescent psychiatry) Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). I work clinically in Western NSW as a Visiting Medical Officer at the Dubbo Infant, Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health Service. I also hold Honorary Medical Officer positions at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and Sydney Local Health District.

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I am a general and subspecialist (child and adolescent psychiatry) Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). I work clinically in Western NSW as a Visiting Medical Officer at the Dubbo Infant, Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health Service. I also hold Honorary Medical Officer positions at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and Sydney Local Health District.

I am a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Medical Postgraduate Scholar and Neuroscience PhD Candidate in the Decision-Neuroscience Laboratory at The University of New South Wales. I am investigating the pathophysiology of OCD using decision-neuroscience, functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging. I am also Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UNSW, Sydney University Clinical Senior Lecturer, Black Dog Institute Research Fellow, and Associate Investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. I am a trainee board member of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

Midway through (2008) medical school in Australia I undertook an Honours year in Addenbrooke’s Hospital (Cambridge University Division of Anaesthesia), enrolled in The University of Newcastle (UoN), Australia. I received my medical degree (2010) from the UoN before medical internship (2011) and psychiatry training (2012-16) at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. I gained general and subspecialist Fellowship (2017) of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry and Master of Psychiatry (2017) from the NSW Institute of Psychiatry.

My current clinical interests include neurodevelopmental disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and tic disorders. My laboratory interests are decision-neuroscience and medical imaging. My interests in pathophysiology and nosology of brain disorders now focus on transdiagnostic characterisation of behaviour and brain circuits of decision-making in neurodevelopmental disorders with the use of medical imaging.

I am a trainee board member of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. I regularly accept (67 since 2015; Publons) invitations to review for journals including British Journal of Psychiatry, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and SAGE OPEN.

I have given invited presentations at local (SESLHD [2018], SCHN [2016]), national (Society for Mental Health Research [2016]; Neuropsychiatry and Behavioural Neurology [2017]; RANZCP Congress [2013]; National Drug and Alcohol Centre [2018]; ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders [2018]), and international ([US] Society of Biological Psychiatry [2016], World Psychiatry Association Thematic Congress [2018], European Federation of Neurological Societies [2008]) meetings.

I am a PhD co-supervisor. I have been a RANZCP peer review coordinator. From 2016 I have regularly supervised research projects in my clinical roles. Since 2011 I have regularly supervised and mentored numerous medical doctors and students. Since 2017 I also supervise several allied health staff in my clinical roles.

As an independent or lead applicant I have been awarded over $260K in research funding. Consecutive Fellowships from the NSW Institute of Psychiatry Fellowships enabled Masters research and rotations in Tourette and OCD clinics. An NHMRC Medical Postgraduate Scholarship now supports my PhD*. As a lead investigator I have been awarded three separate project funding awards; the results of which have earned international recognition and further funding. *I was one of only three psychiatrists awarded over the preceding 5 years (2013-2017; 216 such scholarships awarded to medical doctors during that time).

 


My Grants

2015 Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatry New Investigator Grant: fMRI correlates of decision-making

2015 New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Training Fellowship: fMRI correlates of decision-making

2015 The University of Sydney, Research Scanning Initiative fMRI correlates of decision-making

2016 New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Training Fellowship: fMRI correlates of decision-making

2017 Joint Supervision of Students within Brain Science University of New South Wales

2017-2020 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Medical Postgraduate Scholarship.This is an extremely competitive award. I was one of only three psychiatrists awarded over the past 5 years from 2013-2017. A total of 216 such scholarships have been awarded to medical doctors during that time.                                                  


My Qualifications

Bachelor of Medical Science (The University of Newcastle) 2008

Bachelor of Medicine (The University of Newcastle) 2010

Fellowship (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry) 2017

Advanced Certificate, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry) 2017

Master of Psychiatry (New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry) 2017


My Awards

2007 Health Equity Selective Prize, The University of Newcastle. One of two students (total candidates >100) awarded. The result of a 6-week medical student elective. The sequelant 1st-author publication (37 citations) reported psychiatric sequalae and prevalence of traumatic brain injury in prisoners.

2015 *The International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP): Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminar Fellowship. One of ten selected international candidates to attend these seminars run by global leaders in child and adolescent psychiatry research.

2016 *Society of Biological Psychiatry: Mentorship Program. One of few delegates paired with an established researcher.

2016 *Society for Mental Health Research: Early Career Researcher Travel Bursary.

2017 World Psychiatry Association Fellowship. One of 32 selected from 322 applicants from 30 countries.

2018 *Child Foundation Fellowship. This globally competitive Fellowship awards an immersive child and adolescent psychiatry research training seminar series facilitated by world-leading researchers.

*Extremely competitive awards. The only Australian selected.


My Research Activities

My current clinical interests include neurodevelopmental disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and tic disorders. My laboratory interests are decision-neuroscience and medical imaging. My interests in pathophysiology and nosology of brain disorders now focus on transdiagnostic characterisation of behaviour and brain circuits of decision-making in neurodevelopmental disorders with the use of medical imaging.


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

ILP, Honours, Masters, PhD


Currently supervising

PhD, auxillary supervisor


My Engagement

I have appeared on Sydney radio. I regularly speak at local and national meetings in addition to the public domain. I co-founded Continuing Professional Development programs in both the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and Dubbo Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Radio presentation

January 7th 2016

Breakfast Program, Northside Radio, 99.3 fm

 

When admission to psychiatric hospitals is recommended for children

UNSW Newsroom August 13 2019

More funding key to keeping youth out of psychiatric hospitals: experts

The Sydney Morning Herald August 13 2019

 


My Teaching

Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lecture, Year 5, Medical Program

Clinical examinations

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