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Biographical entry Ouvrier, Robert Arthur (1940 - )


17 May 1940
Neurologist and Paediatrician


Robert Ouvrier is a paediatrician internationally renowned as a leader in paediatric neurology. His research had centred on the natural history and pathophysiology of peripheral neuropathic conditions, understanding CSF amino acids, neurotransmitters and drug metabolism in epilepsy, and developing screening protocols for impairments of higher mental function in children. He played a key role in establishing and leading the Institute for Neuromuscular Research at the Children's Hospital, Westmead, Sydney. Ouvrier has been active in professional organisations, holding executive positions including as President of the International Child Neurology Association.



Education - BSc (hons), University of Sydney
Education - MB BS, University of Sydney
1967 - 1968
Career position - Honorary Physician and Fellow in Neurology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
1968 - 1971
Award - Nestlé Pediatric Travelling Scholarship and University of Sydney Postgraduate Medical Scholarship for postgraduate paediatric neurology study at the University of Kentucky, U.S.A.
1972 - 2015
Career position - Staff Specialist in Neurology, Westmead Children's Hospital, Sydney
Education - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1975 - 1979
Career position - Vice-President, International Child Neurology Association
1978 - 1979
Career position - Head, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney
Career position - Chairman, Executive Committee, 2nd International Child Neurology Congress, Sydney
1983 - 1999
Career position - Australian delegate, Asian Oceanian Child Neurology Association (AOCN)
Education - MD, University of Sydney
1986 - 1990
Career position - Member of Council, International Child Neurology Association
1987 - 1994
Career position - Member, Steering Committee, 2nd Asian Oceanian Child Neurology Congress
Career position - President, Association Medicale Francophone d'Australie
1994 - 2006
Career position - Editor, International Child Neurology Association Newsletter
Award - Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, Republic of France
1999 - 2008
Career position - Founder and Head, Institute of Neuroscience and Neuromuscular Research, Westmead Children's Hospital, Sydney
Award - Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Legion d'Honneur, Republic of France
2001 - 2013
Career position - Inaugural Petre Foundation Professor of Paediatric Neurology, University of Sydney
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to medicine through research in the field of paediatric neurology
2006 - 2010
Career position - President, International Child Neurology Association
2006 - 2014
Career position - Member of Council, International Child Neurology Association
Career position - Member, WHO Advisory Working Group for Revision of the ICD-10 Diseases of the Nervous System
Award - Frank Ford Award for Lifetime Achievement, International Child Neurology Association
2013 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Neurology, University of Sydney
Award - 75th Anniversary Award for significant contribution to the field of health, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to medicine, particularly to the discipline of paediatric neurology, through pioneering efforts in neuromuscular research, to a range of medical professional organisations at the national and international level, and as an author and educator

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