Scientific Advisory Committee

The members of the Bio-Balance Scientific Advisory Committee are listed below. We thank them for their contribution.


asd, biobalance, autism, pyrroleDr William J. Walsh

William J. Walsh is a scientist with more than 30 years of research experience. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1958, he went on to earn a Masters degree at the University of Michigan and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Iowa State University, Ames.

Before founding the Health Research Institute in 1982 and, subsequently the Pfeiffer Treatment Center (now closed) in 1989, Dr. Walsh worked for some of the most prestigious scientific institutions in the country, including: Institute for Atomic Research (Ames, IA); Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM); University of Michigan Research Institute (Ann Arbor, MI); Savannah River, (Aiken, SC); and Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont, IL). Dr. Walsh spent 22 years as a researcher in nuclear fuel processing, liquid metal distillation, and electrochemistry.


asd, biobalance, autism, pyrroleProfessor Ross Young

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Professor Ross Young, is a clinical psychologist with a research background in integrating genetic and environmental risks for mental illness. He was Executive Director of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) at QUT from 2006 until joining the Faculty of Health in early 2013.

Professor Young has research interests in the psychological and biological factors contributing to substance misuse, and major psychiatric illness, such as schizophrenia. He is part of a team that has identified an important gene in the risk for schizophrenia. He maintains a Visiting Clinical Appointment at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit (ADAU) and sits on a variety of health related Boards including Cancer Council Queensland and the Gallipolli Medical Research Foundation. He is Chairman of the Board of Mantle Housing and Patron of the Association of Relatives and Families of the Mentally Ill (ARAFMI) Queensland. He is a past National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy.

Professor Young has a visiting research appointment at the Alcohol Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles . Professor Young has published over 190 refereed journal articles and book chapters.



asd, biobalance, autism, pyrroleDr Alison Haywood

Senior Lecturer

Academic Staff, School of Pharmacy, Griffith University

Dr Alison Haywood is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, Griffith University and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Mater Medical Research Institute. Her research interest in personalised medicine and involvement in clinical research includes drug analysis, formulation and stability, pharmacometrics, pharmacogenomics and evidence based medicine. Dr Alison Haywood provides expertise in the field of pharmaceutical science.



asd, biobalance, autism, pyrroleDr Joanne Voisey

Senior Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Dr Joanne Voisey is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. Her research training is in molecular biology and human genetics. She has worked as a Queensland Smart State Fellow for the last 6 years in psychiatric genetics with a special interest in schizophrenia. She has published over 30 articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr Voisey is currently supervisor to three PhD students.


  • BSc (major in Biochemistry) at the University of Queensland
  • Honours at Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), University of Queensland
  • PhD at the Queensland University of Technology

Professional Experience 

  • Research Assistant NH&MRC at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) in the Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Senior Research Assistant at the Queensland University of Technology, in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Diagnostics unit
  • Research Associate at Queensland University of Technology.
  • Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University.
  • Lecturer in Life Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology.
  • Casual Lecturer in Masters of Biotechnology at the University of Queensland.
  • Smart State Research Fellow at the Institute of Health of Biomedical Innovation, QUT.