Professor Jim Lagopoulos - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Professor Jim Lagopoulos

BSc Syd., MBiomedE NSW, PhD Syd., FAINM

  • Director, Thompson Institute
+61 7 5456 3545
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Level 1, Thompson Institute, 12 Innovation Parkway, Birtinya
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Professor Jim Lagopoulos
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Amanda Nuske
+61 07 5430 1285

Professor Jim Lagopoulos is the director of USC's Thompson Institute. He has been involved with neuroimaging for more than 20 years in both the public and private sectors, and over this time he has attained significant expertise in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and has established and run programs across three research centres. Jim's research is focused on the translation of discoveries made using animal models into real-world treatment options for humans. In the past six years he has established an independent neuroimaging research program with a focus on traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Jim's research programs are focused on youth mental health, healthy brain ageing and dementia, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles in some of the highest-ranking international journals (eg Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Alzheimer’s and Dementia and Progress in Neurobiology) and has an H-index of 50 (10,000 citations).

Over his career, Jim has significantly contributed to collaborative competitive grant funding totaling more than $30M. He has an international profile and is often invited to run neuroimaging workshops both nationally and internationally. He regularly accepts international speaking invitations in the area of spectroscopic, structural and functional neuroimaging and has forged collaborations with esteemed international neuroimaging laboratories including Harvard and Yale.

In 2012, Jim was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Science alongside his appointment of Editor of World Journal of Neuroscience.

Jim is an active teacher and contributes to both undergraduate and postgraduate education. His teaching experience includes lectures, demonstrations, tutorials as well as one-to-one teaching. He also has extensive experience in the supervision and training of students undertaking Honours projects, Masters theses, higher doctoral degrees as well as supervision and mentoring of post-doctoral and research fellows. At any one time, Jim maintains a diverse 'portfolio' of teaching activities that are stratified across his research themes.

In addition to the structured and detailed “hands-on” teaching and training, Jim also provides lectures and workshops to health professionals including GPs, psychiatrists, and allied health professionals who work with young adults with emerging mental health conditions.

Professional memberships

  • Organisation for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
  • International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD)
  • American Society of Neurophysiology (ASN)
  • United Neurodiagnostic Professional of America
  • International Society of Intraoperative Neurophysiology (ISIN)
  • American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring (ASET)


  • Vice Chancellor and President’s Award for Excellence in Research
  • Faculty of Engineering Fellowship (UNSW)
  • The Westmead Foundation Prize
  • NARSAD Independent Investigator award where his research was featured as part of MINDS ON THE EDGE: Facing Mental Illness, a multi-platform initiative that examined the impact of severe mental illness in the United States

Research areas

  • Neuroimaging
  • Youth mental health
  • Healthy brain ageing and dementia
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Traumatic brain injury

Professor Jim Lagopoulos is the Director of the Thompson Institute, and his specialist areas of knowledge include neuroimaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), youth mental health, healthy brain ageing and dementia, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury.

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