Professor Tracey Dickson

Professor Tracey Dickson is neuroscientist specialising in neurodegenerative diseases, particularly determining the cellular mechanisms underlying Motor Neuron disease and Parkinson’s disease. In January 2022, she was appointed as Director of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, at the University of Tasmania – the first Tasmanian to be appointed into this prestigious role.

Tracey grew up on the NW coast in Burnie and completed her BSc (Hons) and PhD at the University of Tasmania, investigating the neuropathological changes that characterise early Alzheimer’s disease. She undertook post-doctoral training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City.  Tracey has held both early and mid-career national Fellowships, and has an extensive track record in securing research funding through the NHMRC and ARC as well as through organisations such Motor Neuron Disease Australia, and Fight MND.  She has held the roles of Deputy Director at Menzies and Associate Dean Research within the College of Health and Medicine.  Through her research Tracey has worked closely with many community organisations throughout Tasmania, and has shown a strong commitment to community engagement.