Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar, MD
Medical doctor, Visiting researcher

Current Position:

PhD student, The University of Sydney and University of Lübeck

Research Focus:

Genetic causes of movement disorders, particularly hereditary spastic paraplegia and Parkinson disease

Education & Employment history


3/1997 – 12/2002 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide

2009 Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)

Employment history:

01/2003 – 01/2004 Medical Internship, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA, Australia

01/2004 – 01/2007 Basic Physician Training, Flinders Medical Centre, SA, Australia

01/2007 – 01/2008 Neurology Advanced Training (1st year), Flinders Medical Centre, SA, Australia

01/2008 – 01/2009 Neurology Advanced Training (2nd year), Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA, Australia

01/2009 – 02/2010 Neuromuscular Fellowship, Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW, Australia

03/2010 – 02/2011 Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) Clinical Fellow to the Royal Free Hospital, London, United Kingdom

03/2011 – 03/2014 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Sydney
“Bioenergetic defects and tissue specificity of spastin mutations”
1st and 2nd years – Section of Clinical and Molecular Neurogenetics, Department of Neurology, University of Lübeck (Prof C. Klein)
3rd year – Department of Neurogenetics, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, The University of Sydney (Prof. C. Sue)
Awards & Memberships


2009 P.K. Thomas ANZAN Overseas Clinical Fellowship

2010 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Dora Lush Postgraduate Research Scholarship

2012 Travel grant from the Movement Disorder Society


Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists

Austrailan Medical Association

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

The Movement Disorder Society (MDS)


Selection of 5 most important publications out of 17;
cumulative impact factor: 72; mean 4.2

  1. Kumar KR, Needham M, Mina K, Davis M, Brewer J, Staples C, Ng K, Sue CM, Mastaglia FL. Two Australian families with inclusion-body myopathy, Paget’s disease of bone and frontotemporal dementia: novel clinical and genetic findings. Neuromuscul Disord 2010;20:330-334. 

  2. Schmidt A, Kumar KR (shared first author), Redyk K, Grünewald A, Leben M, Münchau A, Sue CM, Hagenah J, Hartmann H, Lohmann K, Christen HJ, Klein C. Two Faces of the Same Coin: Benign Familial Infantile Seizures and Paroxysmal Kinesigenic Dyskinesia Caused by PRRT2 Mutations. Arch Neurol 2012;69:668-670.

  3. Kumar KR, Weissbach A, Heldmann M, Kasten M, Tunc S, Sue CM, Svetel M, Kostić VS, Segura-Aguilar J, Ramirez A, Simon DK, Vieregge P, Münte TF, Hagenah J, Klein C, Lohmann K. Frequency of the D620N Mutation in VPS35 in Parkinson Disease. Arch Neurol 2012, Epub ahead of print.

  4. Kumar KR, Ramirez A, Göbel A, Kresojević N, Svetel M, Lohmann K, M Sue C, Rolfs A, Mazzulli JR, Alcalay RN, Krainc D, Klein C, Kostic V, Grünewald A. Glucocerebrosidase mutations in a Serbian Parkinson's disease population. Eur J Neurol 2012, Epub ahead of print.

  5. Arif B, Kumar KR (shared first author), Seibler P, Franke F, Fatima A, Winkler S, Nürnberg G, Thiele H, Nürnberg P, Zeeshan Jamil A, Brüggemann A, Abbas G, Klein C, Naz S, Lohmann K. Exome sequencing reveals a novel OPA3 mutation: An example of “reverse phenotyping”. Arch Neurol, in press.

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