Professor Mark Rees will join the Faculty of Medicine and Health as the Deputy Dean at the University of Sydney.
Professor Mark Rees is the research leader of the Neurology Research Group at the Institute of Life Science, Swansea University Medical School, UK.
He joined Swansea University in 2004 as a Professor of Genomics & Neuroscience and founded the Wales Epilepsy Research Network and the Cardiovascular Network for Wales.
Professor Rees has been Chair of the Epilepsy Research-UK (ERUK) Scientific Advisory Committee in London, Strategy & Impact lead for the Wales Gene Park in Cardiff and is currently Dean of Collaborative Partnerships for Swansea University.
His research interests focus on the underlying causes of neurological & cardiac disorders including the epilepsies, movement disorders, cortical malformations in infancy, multiple sclerosis, ion channel arrhythmia, sudden death syndromes, biobanking and epidemiological data-linkage studies.
He gained his PhD in 1993 in Molecular Haematology at the University of Wales College of Medicine and was a MRC-sponsored postdoc in Neuropsychiatric Genomics, Cardiff University for five years.
In 1999, Professor Rees began a six-year academic post as a Senior Lecturer in neurology & cardiac genetics at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Professor Rees is a Senior Leader for Health & Care Research Wales and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, Learned Society for Wales, and the Royal Society of Physicians of Edinburgh.
He is custodian and founder of the Swansea Neurology Biobank and a member of several international genomics consortia including those led from the Broad Institute, University of Columbia Genomic Medicine Institute, UCL, Oxford and Melbourne.