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Key Personnel


 Professor David Liley

Chief Scientific Officer

Professor David Liley is one of the founders of Cortical Dynamics.  He graduated in Medicine at the University of Auckland in 1990, completing a PhD in Psychiatry and Applied Mathematics in 1996.  Currently he is one of the senior researchers within the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.  He is registered as a medical practitioner with Medical Board of Australia.

David’s research has focused on understanding the mechanisms by which the brain’s electrical activity is generated having developed one of only a handful of theoretical models that is able to account  for the genesis of such activity.  This model provided among the first theoretical insights into the relationship between the targets of anaesthetic action and their effects on higher brain function.  Current work is focused on applying this theory to understanding brain activity in health and neurological/psychiatric disease.

David has published extensively in international peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as co-authoring multiple book chapters on brain and anaesthesia modeling. 


Mr Louis Delacretaz

Chief Technical Officer

Mr Delacretaz is one of the founders of Cortical Dynamics. He has over 30 years’ experience as the managing or technical director for a number of successful bio-technology, ICT and electronic manufacturing  companies.  Louis has extensive experience in strategic planning, leading operational initiatives and operational management of business development,  design & production facilities for globally marketed products. He possesses in-depth experience in dealing with government agencies, international organizations and forming startup organizations. Louis has an MBA and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, was a national finalist in the Yellow Pages Business Idea Awards.


Dr Mehrnaz Shoushtarian

Principal Scientist

Dr. Mehrnaz Shoushtarian graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Monash University in 2008. Her PhD work contributed to the emerging development of electrovestibulography as a novel diagnostic tool.  Between 2008 and the present she was a post-doctoral Research Fellow within the Clinical Research Center for Movement Disorders and Gait at the Kingston Centre, Southern Health, Melbourne.

Her research interests include measurement and processing of physiological signals using conventional and novel recording techniques. She has conducted several clinical trials to assess progression of disorder and effects of medication on patients with neurodegenerative disorders, using different measurement techniques.  

Her work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals.