Centre for In Vivo Imaging

Staff Profiles

Professor John-Paul Taylor

Clin Prof of Transla Dementia Res/Cons



Position: Professor of Translational Dementia Research, Institute of Neuroscience, and Honorary Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust 

Qualifications and Memberships

MBBS(hons) PhD MRCPscyh

Clinical Roles and Responsibilities

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

Academic Clinical Collaboration lead in dementia at Northumbria Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Other Roles and Responsibilities

Deputy chair of the NIHR Translational Dementia Research Collaboration (D-TRC)

Newcastle BRC Dementia Mental Health and Neurodegeneration Theme co-lead

Visiting Professor at Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London

Visiting Professor at "G. d'Annunzio" University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Founding member of the Lewy body UK network and conference





Current Research Interests

  • Neurobiological basis for cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms in Lewy body dementias including cognitive fluctuations and visual hallucinations.

  • Application of novel neuroimaging and neurophysiological techniques in dementia (collaborator: Marco Onofrj).

  • Network and multivariate approaches to neuroimaging (collaborators: Sean Colloby, Marcus Kaiser).

  • Clinical characterisation of visual hallucinations (collaborator: Dominic ffytche).

  • Dynamic interaction between vision and cognition (collaborators: Mike Clarke / Daniel Collerton / Urs Mosimann/ Mike Bowen).

  • Use of mice models to investigate cortical dysfunction in Lewy body dementias and develop novel treatments (collaborators: Fiona LeBeau; Laura Bonanni).

  • Prodromal dementia with Lewy bodies clinical cohorts (collaborators: Alan Thomas, Frederic Blanc).

  • Non-invasive stimulation approaches and the application of neurophysiological approaches in dementia (collaborators: Mark Baker, Kianoush Nazarpour).

  • Clinical care models and optimising clinical management pathways for patients with Lewy body dementia.

  • Lead for development of driving and dementia national UK guidelines.


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