SRI Board

Con Mylonas
Chairman, Founding Member

Con worked in the public health system for 18 years starting in 1982 as a basic surgical trainee. He became a senior registrar in Clinical Neurosurgery in the United Kingdom and later a research fellow with The University of Melbourne and a visiting associate with the Department of Neurosurgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, during which time he completed a Master of Surgery. He has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and a graduate law degree from The University of Melbourne. He practised as a solicitor with Mallesons Stephens Jaques until 2004.

Con currently practices as a Barrister at Law at the Victorian Bar and is on the Board of Austin Health and the Chair of its Audit Committee.  He has been a  past member of the Patient Review Panel under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008.

Margaret Beattie BA, LL.B
Company Sectretary

As well as being an SRI Director, Margaret is currently acting as the SRI's Company Secretary.

Margaret is an independent consultant with business experience gained in global and Australian organisations.  With a strong legal and commercial background, Margaret’s skills and experience include a focus on the special fields of corporate governance, intellectual property and information technology services.

 She is an experienced Company Director and Company Secretary and is currently a non-executive director of the major Australian arts body, Circus Oz.

Associate Professor Doug Brown
Founding Member

Doug is a Physician with over 30 years of experience in the management of spinal cord injury. A leader in his field, Doug is passionate about improving the treatment and care of the spinal cord injured globally, and has held positions at national and international organisations. He is former director of the Victorian Spinal Cord Service, a founding Director of the Spinal Research Institute and currently its Executive Director. Doug is also Immediate Past President of the International Spinal Cord Society and is recognised internationally for his contribution to the field.

He has contributed to significant advances in management of spinal cord injury through a wide range of research projects. His research interests include the impact of psycho-social evaluation on rehabilitation of patients with sub-acute injury, new insights into hypertension in spinal cord injury, functional electrical stimulation (FES) treatments to prevent the development of osteoporosis and muscle wasting, employment post injury, the pathophysiology of neuropathic bladder and bowel and treatments to improve their management, and management of sleep disordered breathing in spinal cord injury.

Through his most recent initiative, the world’s first online collaborative platform dedicated to SCI–Spinal Cord Research Hub (SCoRH)–he hopes to transform the international spinal cord research culture into a more collaborative one that translates research outcomes into practice much sooner, thus improve the everyday lives of people with spinal cord injuries. 

Associate Professor David Berlowitz

David is a Research Physiotherapist and Chief Executive of the Institute for Breathing and Sleep (IBAS) at Austin Health. He was the founding Physiotherapist of the Victorian Respiratory Support Service and a recipient of an American Association of Respiratory Care International Fellowship. He recently completed a Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Transport Accident Commission and was recognised in 2011 as a “Difference Maker” by the Rick Hansen Foundation for his leadership in Spinal Sleep Research.

David’s PhD thesis examined sleep and breathing in the first year following acute quadriplegia and found that acute cervical cord injury causes obstructive sleep apnoea. Building on this, David has played a key role in the development of a world-leading program of sleep research in spinal cord injury and he currently leads the five-year Sleep Health in Quadriplegia (SHiQ) research program.

Judith Downes
BA (Hons), DipEd, GradDipBus, FCPA, FCA, FAICD

Judith is Chairman of Bank Australia, the first customer owned bank in Australia.  She is currently a member of the Financial Reporting Council of Australia, and has previously been a member of the Standards Advisory Council of the IASB and of the Australian Accounting Standards Board.  She is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne.  Judith’s past experience includes Chief Financial Officer of a listed mining company, non-executive director of a listed property company, and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Institutional Division of one of Australia’s largest banks.  Her early career included teaching secondary mathematics.

Ken Liow

Ken is an investment professional with over 20 years of experience.  He has advised superannuation funds, endowments, fund managers and served on advisory committees of investment consultants.  Ken was previously Chief Investment Officer of Domestic Equities at BlackRock Australia, where he spent 13 years. Whilst at BlackRock, Ken led the development of a quantitative equities business with over $4 billion in assets.  Prior to joining BlackRock in 1998, Ken was Head of Investment Research at Mercer.  Since 2011, Ken has directed his focus to non-executive challenges.  His present associations include: Independent Investment Advisor to Maritime Super, Chairman of the Risk Management Committee of Realm Investment House, Member of the Advisory Investment Committee of Whitehelm Capital's Portfolio of Risk Group, External Advisor to RealIndex Investments and Member of the Investment Committee of Foundation for Young Australians Endowment.  His previous associations include the Catholic Superannuation Fund, Uniting Church Australia Beneficiary Fund and Wealth Management Sub-Committee for the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Ken received a  B.Com from University of Melbourne and is a qualified actuary.  He has also a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australiasia and has a Graduate Diploma of International Relations from Deakin University.

Dr Andrew Nunn

Andrew is a Spinal Physician and Director of the Victorian Spinal Cord Service, which is involved in comprehensive care from accident with acute management, rehabilitation, community integration, and long-term follow-up.

He has a 25 year association with Monash and Melbourne Universities (as well as Latrobe and Swinburne) in engineering and medicine.

Ongoing funded clinical research within VSCS includes telehealth, the application of emerging and merging technology, remote ambulatory monitoring using multiparameter data loggers, integration of clinical datasets (CI) , new approaches to exercise as SCIPA (CI ), new approaches to bladder management (CI), nerve transplantation (CI) neurodiagnostics (CI) , fMRI ,sleep health (SHiQ program) and diaphragmatic pacing (CI) and assistive technology including FES, upper and lower limb robots and higher level control.