60 seconds with...Ian Blair

60 seconds with...Ian Blair

Professor Ian Blair is part of the Macquarie team that is at the forefront of Motor Neurone Disease Research. He's the scientist who achieved the holy grail of having their research published in world-leading journal Nature last year. And not just once, an almost unprecedented three times!

Work stuff

I’ve been at Macquarie for…
Five years.

In a nutshell, my job is to…
Find ways to better understand, diagnose, monitor and treat Motor Neurone Disease.

The question I hear most often in my work is…
“Where can we get funding for that?”

The top three things on my to-do list today are…
– Prepare a grant proposal
– Review a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant
– Monitor grant expenditure

If I could do any other job (with instant qualifications/knowledge) it would be…
An ecologist, I recall great field trips from undergrad days.

Someone or something that inspired me recently was…
My team of talented, enthusiastic researchers who bring fresh and creative ideas, time and again, to MND research

The most rewarding part of my job is…
Seeing the benefits of our research…better diagnostic tools impacting clinical care, better understanding of the causes of MND to guide therapeutic development and the hope that we will provide the means to overcome the disease.

Personal life

My favourite subject at school was…
Woodwork. My mum got sick of receiving wooden spoons.

Outside work, you’ll often find me…
Surfing.

My most treasured memory…
Family holidays, all of them.

If I could have dinner with anyone (living or dead) it would be…
My son. He makes me laugh every day.

My favourite animal and why…
Any of the marine mammals. I want to be one!

The last great movie I saw was…
Star Wars. Is there any other?!

In ten years from now, I hope to be…
Redundant… because Motor Neurone Disease has been solved.

Content owner: Advancement Last updated: 13 Aug 2018 3:26pm

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