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Professor Jim Lagopoulos

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

  • Director, Thompson Institute
+61 7 5456 3545
Office location
Level 1, Thompson Institute, 12 Innovation Parkway, Birtinya
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Jim Lagopoulos
Assistant title
Personal Assistant
Amanda Nuske
+61 07 5430 1285


Jim is an internationally recognised expert in neuroimaging and has established three Australian research centres that explore innovative approaches to brain health.

Jim is passionate about translating research discoveries into real-word treatments. His research delves into novel approaches to mental health, with a focus on:

  • suicide prevention
  • youth mental health
  • healthy brain ageing
  • post-traumatic stress disorder.

As a researcher, Jim has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious international journals (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Alzheimer’s and Dementia and Progress in Neurobiology) with more than 10,000 citations.

Jim regularly accepts international speaking invitations on topics including suicide prevention, new mental health care models and the use of neuroimaging for more accurate diagnosis of mental health disorders and for precision treatment.

This year he completed a Leadership in Medicine program at Harvard Medical School, and he was admitted as a Fellow into the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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)
  • Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellowship (QAAS)
  • 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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