Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis completed her PhD in 1997 at Monash University, Australia. She is Professor of Psychology and currently heads an independent research group at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences. She leads efforts through IMAGE-HD and IMAGE-FRDA to uncover sensitive imaging and cognitive biomarkers of disease progression in rare disorders, such as Huntington’s disease (HD) and Friedreich ataxia (FRDA). She also holds the position of Associate Dean (Graduate Research) in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Australia, with a leadership focus on excellence and quality in graduate research training. She has over 190 peer-reviewed scientific publications, with a career total of over $AUS12m in research funding. She is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Huntington's Disease and serves on a number of international working groups/steering committees, including the Huntington’s Disease Regulatory Science Consortium (HD-RSC), Critical Path Institute, Arizona.