Dr John-Paul Taylor
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant


Position: Senior Clincial Lecturer, Institute for Ageing and Health, and Honorary Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust 

Roles and Responsibilities

Clinical Lead for specialist Lewy body disease clinic at Northumbria Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust 

Qualifications and Memberships

MBBS(hons) PhD MRCPscyh





My current research interests include:

  • Understanding the neurobiological basis for cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms in Lewy body dementias including cognitive fluctuations and visual hallucinations (sponsor: O'Brien JT)
  • The application of novel neuroimaging and neurophysiological techniques in dementia
  • The clinical characterisation of visual hallucinations
  • Understanding the dynamic interaction between vision and cognition (collaborators: Clarke M; Collerton D; Mosimann U).


Newcastle HealthCare Charity £49,851 (2007) "A Novel Study Investigating Visual Cortex Function in Dementia with Lewy Bodies using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and MR Imaging".  Co-applicant

Alzheimer’s Research Trust £29481 (2008) “An fMRI compatible visual perception test battery for demented patients”.   Co-PI

Wellcome Starter Grant £22,355 (2009) "A Novel Study Investigating Visual Cortex Function in Dementia with Lewy Bodies using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and MR Imaging".  PI

Wellcome Intermediate Clinical Fellowship (2010) £572,557 “Investigating attentional function and cognitive fluctuations in Lewy body disease: a functional magnetic imaging and electrophysiology study” also known as CATFieLD study. PI

National Institute for Health Research  (NIHR) (2011) £271,208 ”Cataract and Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly” – Clinical Fellowship awarded to Dr Jo Jefferis. Co-Supervisor

FSF - DeNDRoN  (2010) £24,192 for “CATFieLD Study”. PI

FSF Funding (2011) £25,140 for “CATFieLD Study”. PI

Alzheimer`s Research UK PhD studentship (2011) £95,670 “Investigating Attentional Function and Cognitive Fluctuations in Lewy Body Disease”. Primary Supervisor

National Institute for Health Research  (NIHR) (2012) £551,031 “Management of Visual Hallucinations”. Local PI

National Institute for Health Research  (NIHR) (2012) £502,429 “The prevalence of visual impairment in people with dementia” Steering committee member and co-applicant

Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) (2012) £88,338 “ACDC-Lewy study: Acute and Chronic Transcranial Direct Current stimulation treatment in Lewy body dementia patients.” PI

Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) (2012) PhD studentship £87,590 “Visual hallucinations: an EEG and non-invasive Stimulation study (VEEG-Stim study)” PI & supervisor

Northumbria Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust: “CATFieLD, VEEG-Stim and ACDC Lewy” support grant (2013) £24,338 PI

Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) (2013) “Disruption of brain connectivity in Lewy body dementias: a network analysis approach” £77,956 PI

RCF- (2012) “Identifying Early (Prodromal) Dementia with Lewy Bodies (LEWYPRO)” £48,286 Co-PI

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (2013): DTC-RP-PG-0311-12001 Improving the diagnosis and management of neurodegenerative dementia of Lewy body type in the NHS (DIAMOND-Lewy) £1,913,454 Co-PI

Alzheimer’s Society (2013) “Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Visual Hallucinations in Dementia with Lewy Bodies” £178,419 Co-PI 

    I teach on the undergraduate biomedical sciences course and postgraduate MRCPsych course. In addition I also teach medical students (Stage III and Stage IV).