Professor Michael Nilsson is the Director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute and Burges Professor of Medical Science at Newcastle University. He is a senior rehabilitation physician, neurologist and a translational neuroscientist bridging together knowledge in neurobiology, neural recovery and clinical rehabilitation after stroke. He is a Conjoint Professor of Neurorehabilitation and Translational Stroke Research, University of Gothenburg in Sweden and Honorary Professor of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia. Prior to his Directorship of the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Professor Nilsson was Director of Research and Development at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Professor Nilsson’s research focuses on mechanisms underpinning brain plasticity, neuroprotection and neural repair with special emphasis on the functions of glial cells and stress-related mechanisms. He is also exploring the effects of enriched environment on stroke recovery in both animal models and clinical trials. Recently, he was the principal investigator of a pioneering interdisciplinary research program, The Culture and Brain Health Initiative, which included studies on the effects of multimodal interventions on cognition and motor skills in control subjects and stroke patients.