Professor Robert Ouvrier
Position: Foundation Advisor, Institute for Neuroscience and Muscle Research
Professor Robert Ouvrier, graduated with honours in Medical Science and MB, BS from the University of Sydney. He completed his general medical training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney and his paediatric training (FRACP) at The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth. He continued his studies in Australia and then completed specialty training in Neurology in the United States, working with Professors David Clark and Guy McKhann at the University of Kentucky Medical Centre and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following his return to Sydney in 1972, he was appointed Staff Specialist in Neurology at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. In 1978, Prof Ouvrier was promoted to Head of the TY Nelson Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery.
Professor Ouvrier has a long-standing research interest in childhood peripheral nerve disorders for which he was awarded an MD in 1986. He is the first author of the only textbook on childhood peripheral neuropathies. His other research interests include higher mental function and a broad range of child neurology topics.
He was appointed Clinical Associate Professor in 1992, Clinical Professor in 1999 and Petre Foundation Professor of Paediatric Neurology Research in 2000. Professor Ouvrier has been an author on more than 130 scientific papers and 27 book chapters and has been invited to speak internationally on over 50 occasions. In 1996-1997 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Paris. He is a Chevalier of the National Order of Merit and of the Legion of Honour of the Republic of France and in 2003 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.
Professor Ouvrier was the Head of the INMR from its inception until 2008 when he stepped down and was appointed to the role of Foundation Advisor. He continues to be involved in the INMR as Head of the Peripheral Nerve Clinics and leader of the research projects undertaken in that field.
From 2006 to 2010, Professor Ouvrier was President of the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA).