Four new program leads for Mater Research


Mater Research’s five world-class programs are each led by an outstanding researcher who facilitates and encourages high-quality research outcomes and strengthens clinical and research partnerships within Mater to support the delivery of excellence in care.

Mater Research is delighted to announce four new Program Leaders:

  • Professor Geoff Faulkner and Dr Cathy Franklin will co-lead the Neuroscience Program

  • Dr Beth Mah, Healthcare Delivery and Innovation Program, appointed alongside current co-leader, Professor Simon Denny

  • Associate Professor Adam Ewing, Cancer Program, appointed alongside current co-leader, Professor Janet Hardy.

Mater Research Executive Director Professor Maher Gadhi took the opportunity to thank outgoing Program Leaders for their leadership, hard work and commitment to the roles.

“Our outgoing Program Leaders have made excellent contributions to Mater Research during their time leading their respective programs,” Professor Gandhi said.

“I look forward to working with the new Program Leaders to progress our research vision at Mater Research.”

Meet Mater Research’s new Program Leaders


Prof Geoff Faulkner

Prof Faulkner is a computational and molecular biologist with a focus on understanding the role of a type of DNA jumping gene called L1 in causing genetic variation between neurons within an individual brain.

To learn more about Prof Faulkner, click here.


Dr Cathy Franklin

Dr Franklin is a psychiatrist who specialises in intellectual and developmental disability in adults. She is the inaugural Director of the Mater Intellectual Disability and Autism Service (MIDAS).

To learn more about Dr Franklin, click here.


Dr Beth Mah

Dr Mah is a perinatal and infant psychiatrist and the inaugural Medical Director of Catherine’s House for Mothers, Babies and Families.

To learn more about Dr Mah, click here.


A/Prof Adam Ewing

A/Prof Ewing and his research group develop software tools and apply computer modelling, backed by expertise in molecular and cellular biology, to better understand the genetic complexity of mutations in evolutionary and disease related processes.

To learn morea bout A/Prof Ewing, click here.

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