David Ames graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1978. His training in psychiatry took place at Royal Melbouren Hospital 1982-4, Friern and the Royal Free Hospitals London UK 1984-5, before his appointment to a position as research fellow and honorary lecturer at the Royal Free Hospitale 1985-7, where he completed his doctoral thesis on depression in residential homes for the elderly.
David Ames was Senior Lecturer (1989-95) and the Associate Professor (1995-2005) in the Psychiatry of Old Age for the University of Melbourne at Royal Park, Royal Melbourne, Mount Royal / Northwest and Broadmeadows hospitals.
He co-founded Melbourne’s first Memory clinic (1988), which served as a model for the statewide CADMS clinics, introduced in 1998.
From April 2005, David Ames was University of Melbourne Foundation Professor of Psychiatry of Old Age at St George’s Hospital, Kew. Since September 3, 2007 he has been Director of the National Ageing Research Institute and University of Melbourne Foundation Professor of Ageing & Health. His main research interests are pre-symptomatic diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, new drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and the care of the depressed elderly.
He is Chief Investigator on the $3million 3 year Alzheimer study funded by the CSRIO (Australian Imaging Biomarkers & Lifestyle Study) 2006-09.
David Ames has published over 130 papers in peer reviewed journals and has edited over 15 books. He edited IPA Bulletin, the quarterly newsletter of IPA from 1996-2002, he is a member of the Medical & Scientific Advisory Panel of Alzheimer’s Disease International and has been Editor of the peer reviewed Journal InternationalPsychogeriatrics since January 2003 (IF 2.207 2007).