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JOZEF GECZ, PhD, FAA, FAHMS, FFSc(RCPA)

NH&MRC Senior Principal Research Fellow

Channel 7 CRF Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Jozef Gécz, PhD is National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Principal Research Fellow and Channel 7 Inaugural Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability at the University of Adelaide and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia. Jozef’s career spans 33 years of competitive research in genomics and molecular biology of childhood onset neurological disorders across Europe and Australia.

Jozef discovered or contributed to the discovery of >200 disease genes, PCDH19 being one of them (in 2008).  His pioneering research into the genetics of non-syndromic intellectual disabilities and X-chromosome linked forms in particular later expanded into childhood onset epilepsies, autisms and more recently cerebral palsies. His achievements have been recognised, among others, also by his election to the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Science of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Jozef’s research is patient centric and focuses on the application of genomics for precision diagnosis of childhood onset neurodevelopmental disabilities to empower early and personalised intervention, management and treatment.