Institute of Neuroscience

Neurodegenerative, Cerebrovascular, Psychiatric

Neurodegenerative, Cerebrovascular & Psychiatric Disorders

This theme is unified around our research into brain related medical disorders. Our research has a strong clinical and translational focus, aiming to take mechanistic and therapeutic insights gained from basic and clinical research into practice.

We have a strong history of internationally renowned dementia research with a special focus on the Lewy Body Dementias, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson’s disease dementia. We provided early evidence that cholinergic deficits are central to cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease, identified DLB as the second commonest cause of neurodegenerative dementia and reported seminal research on the contribution of cerebrovascular disease to dementia. Much of this and our ongoing work has been based on utilising human brain tissue from the internationally renowned brain bank (Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource).

The cerebrovascular work links to the more service oriented research into stroke disease with research improving the delivery of acute stroke services, for example through widespread implementation of the FAST test and of early supported discharge. We are also developing new approaches to facilitate recovery and rehabilitation after stroke, including use of computer based and robotic technologies.

Newcastle University has an international reputation for its work on mood disorders with a focus on their neurobiology and treatment, with studies investigating neuroimaging and electrophysiological aspects of bipolar disorder and treatment resistance in unipolar disorder.  The Northern Centre for Mood Disorders (NCMD) is an academic-clinical collaboration established between the Institute of Neuroscience and Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, supporting research activity, public and professional education about the mood disorders and their treatment, and promotion of best clinical practice.

To illustrate the research being undertaken in this theme below are a selection of current projects:

Staff List

 

Dr Lisa Alcock
Gait Laboratory Manager and Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1283

Dr Louise Allan
Clinical Senior Lecturer/ Consultant

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1336

Dr Kirstie Anderson
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2823833 Opt 6

Professor Johannes Attems
Professor of Neuropathology, Honorary Consultant Pathologist

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1217

Dr Robert Barber
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 8776 (PA)

Nicola Barnett
Research Nurse/ Study Coordinator

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1322

Professor Melissa Bateson
Professor of Ethology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5056

Dr Helen Bosomworth
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6322

Michael Clarke
Reader in Ophthalmology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 5448

Dr Sean Colloby
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1321

Dr David Cousins
MRC Clinician Scientist

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2081364

Dr Karen Davies
AGE Resource Manager

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1112

Dr Margaret Dayan
Associate Clinical Lecturer

Dr Silvia Del Din
Research Associate (Biomedical Engineer)

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2081244

Dr Paul Donaghy
Academic Clinical Fellow

Dr Mat Elameer
Academic Foundation Doctor - F1

Dr Greg Elder
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 1125

Dr Daniel Erskine
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 248 1213

Carly Flowers
Research Assistant

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3584

Professor Gary Ford
Visiting Professor

Dr Richard Francis
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 01912086322

Dr Peter Gallagher
Lecturer in Neuropsychology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7166

Dr Brook Galna
Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1246

Dr Sasha Gartside
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7633

Magdalena Glod
Research Associate

Dr Antoneta Granic
Interdisciplinary AGE Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: +44(0)191 208 1112

Dr Barbara Gregson
Principal Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5793

Emeritus Professor Don Grubin
Emeritus Professor

Dr Yoshiki Hase
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1218

Amy-Rose Hayes
Research Assistant

Nina Hrisos
Research Assistant

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Dr Diana Jurk
Principal Investigator

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1139

Professor Raj Kalaria
Professor of Cerebrovascular Pathology (Neuropathology)

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 248 1352

Dr Patrick Keown
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Dr Ahmad Khundakar
Associate Lecturer

Alison Killen
Research Assistant

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1340

Dr Suresh Komati
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 01912875114

Dr Sarah Lawley
Clinical Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 01912081331

Dr Rachael Lawson
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1277

Dr Adrian Lloyd
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 2081355 or +44 (0)1670 501862

Dr Susan Lord
Visiting Researcher

Dr Iain Macmillan
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 0191 541 0061

Dr Carmen Martin-Ruiz
Senior Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2481107

Dr Kirsty McAleese
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 248 1213

Dr Nadia Mcallister
Academic Clinical Fellow

Professor Hamish McAllister-Williams
Professor of Affective Disorders

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1370

Dr Pat McCue
Research Associate

Professor Ian McKeith
Professor of Old Age Psychiatry

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1312

Dr Iain McKinnon
NIHR Research Fellow

Professor Alexander Mendelow
Strategic Research Advisor

Email:
Telephone: +44 191 208 5766

Sarah Moore
NIHR Clinical Lecturer and Research Physiotherapist

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 3837

Dr Christopher Morris
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5827

Professor Daniel Nettle
Professor of Behavioural Science


Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8993

Professor John O'Brien
Strategic Research Adviser

Dr Sean O'Dowd
Guest Status

Kirsty Olsen
Research Assistant

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1344

Dr Eduwin Pakpahan
Research associate in Medical Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44(0)191-208-1112

Dr Annette Pantall
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1247

Professor Nicola Pavese
Prof of Clinical Neuroscience

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2081264

Dr Tuomo Polvikoski
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant

Dr Christopher Price
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant

Dr Sarah Richardson
Alzheimer's Society Clinician Tr Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 01912081314

Susan Richardson
Research Nurse

Gemma Roberts
Alzheimer's Society Clinical Fellow

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Professor Lynn Rochester
Professor of Human Movement Science and Director of Clinical Ageing Research Unit

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1291

Professor Helen Rodgers
Clin Prof of Stroke Care

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 20 86779

Professor Avan Aihie Sayer
Director, NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre & Professor of Geriatric Medicine

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Dr Aditya Sharma
Consultant & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Dr Lisa Shaw
Senior Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 3826

Dr Chris Smart
Academic Clinical Fellow

Dr Louise Sutcliffe
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 8209

Dr John-Paul Taylor
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant

Email:

Professor Alan Thomas
Professor of Old Age Psychiatry

Email:

Professor Douglas Turkington
Honorary Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry

Email:
Telephone: +44(0)191 2468680

Germaine Uwimpuhwe
Research Associate

Dr Lauren Walker
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1213

Dr Stuart Watson
Academic Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2081388

Professor Phil White
Professor of Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 20 86238

Dr Alison Yarnall
Research Fellow


Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1279