Who We Are


Dennis Crowley B.Sc.(Hons)

Dennis worked for many years in sales and general management positions in the chemical industry, initially in England, followed by France and Australia. He has been involved in the autism community since 2005, and was a board member of Autism Victoria (now AMAZE) for four years (2008-12). 

Robert Klupacs B.Sc. Dip. IP Law
Robert is a registered Australian patent attorney with over 28 years of corporate experience in the international technology development arena with a particular expertise and focus on translating bench research into commercial products. He currently is Executive Chairman of the commercial development advisory company, Magdajano Pty Ltd and Executive Chairman of Bionic Vision Technologies Pty Ltd.
Michael Stapleton B.Bus, M. Fin
Michael is a director of Business Development and Marketing Consulting firm LUX Mentis. He has worked at a senior level for a number of global professional services and facility services organisations including Ernst & Young, Minter Elllison, DLA Piper, ISS Facility Services and DTZ. Michael was also a financial journalist for many years with news agencies Reuters and Dow Jones.
Amanda Cumberbatch B. Bus. CPA
Amanda is a CPA certified accountant who has a diverse background in different industries. She commenced her career in the retail sector in Perth, before moving to London where she worked for British Land. She returned to Australia with her family, settling in Melbourne. After years in the corporate sector, Amanda has now shifted her sights to more community focused endeavours. She is complimenting her 20 years of corporate experience with a role at St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research and remains committed to future community involvement. 

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

A Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) has been established to advise the board about the most cost effective key projects for funding consideration that will advance understanding of the causes of autism. The SAC will also provide advice to the board on advances in autism research to enable website updates of its scientific content.


Prof Stan Skafidas
Centre for Neural Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Department of Electrical Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne
Florey Neurosciences Institute


Prof Leigh Ackland
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, Deakin University

Prof Stephen Barnes
BSc(Hons) PhD, University of Alabama

Prof Michael Berk
MBBCh, MMed (Psych) Cum Laude, FF(Psych)SA, PhD, FRANZCP
Deakin University, Barwon Health, The Geelong Clinic.

Prof Charles Claudianos
BSc (Hons) PhD
Faculty of Biomedical and Psychological Sciences, Monash University
Honorary Professor Queensland Brain Institute

Assoc Prof Jeffrey Craig
BSc(Hons), PhD
Group Leader Early Life Epigenetics
Honorary Principal Research Fellow Dept Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
Deputy Director Australian Twin Registry.

Prof Ian Paul Everall
BSc (Hons) MBChB (Hons) PhD FRANZCP FRCPsych FRCPath
Cato Professor and Head Department of Psychiatry,University of Melbourne
Chair, Melbourne Academic Centre
Director of Research North West Mental Health
Honorary Professorial Fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Prof Christos Pantelis
Foundation Professor of Neuropsychiatry, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, and Scientific Director, Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health
Principal Specialist, Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit (AMRHU), Sunshine Hospital, North Western Mental Health Program
Honorary Professorial Fellow, Florey Institute for Neuroscience & Mental Health
Honorary Fellow, Bedfordshire Centre For Mental Health Research in Association with the University of Cambridge (UK)

Dr Renee Testa
BBsci, Grad. Dip. Psych, DPsych (Neuro)
Monash University and University of Melbourne

Prof Katrina Williams
Director, Department of Developmental Medicine
APEX Australia Chair of Developmental Medicine, University of Melbourne
Honorary Research Fellow, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Chair, Executive Committee, Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR)