Chair & Medical Director, MMBC

Professor Richard Banati, MD, PhD

Medical Director

Richard Banati is an internationally recognised for his work on the innate immune system of the brain and the nervous system.  He has pioneered advanced medical imaging to detect acute or chronic brain injury, inflammation and subtle changes during development as well as ageing. The tracer principle, on which this medical research is based, has applications far beyond neuroscience, such as the measurement of naturally occurring isotopes (‘isotopic signatures’) as well as the detection of hazardous trace contaminants due to human activity as they bio-accumulate in water, food and aerosols.

Prior to his academic career, Richard Banati has served for ten years as a medical doctor in the Red Cross Emergency and Civil Protection service and has since maintained an active interest in Nutrition in Emergencies: Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies. Since 2015, in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, that saw many young infants inadequately fed with infant formula, he has been investigating safe storage and pathogen control methods for the establishment of a Human Milk Emergency Reserve as the foundation for improving the security of supply and equity of access to safe donor human milk.

The research of Professor Banati and his colleagues has received recognition through the bi-annual Award of the German league for Research into Alzheimer's Disease, in addition to many more international accolades.


Richard Banati is Professor and Foundation Chair of Medical Radiation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, Inaugural Director of the Ramaciotti Centre for Brain Imaging at the Brain & Mind Research Center (BMC) and University of Sydney node of the National Imaging Facility.


In 2008, Professor Banati joined the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) as a Distinguished Research Fellow in 2008, supporting the organisation in strategic research and national and international collaborations and partnerships.

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