Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Tuomo Polvikoski

Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant


I am a Clinical Senior Lecturer for the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University. I also work as Honorary Consultant Neuropathologist for the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. My areas of expertise include diagnostic neuropathology in general, and age-related neurodegenerative diseases and muscle pathology in particular.

Academic background

I graduated from the Medical School, Helsinki University in 1987 (Licentiate in Medicine), got Specialty in Pathology in 1993, and Specialty in Neuropathology in 2005. The same year I also got my Doctorate in Medical Sciences – all from the Helsinki University. My longstanding interest has been in age-related neurodegenerative diseases, although more recently I have also become interested in muscle pathology. I have been an author of over 70 per-reviewed publications. I have had two succesful PhD students: Dr Minna Oinas (2009, University of Helsinki) and Dr Suvi Hokkanen (2018, University of Cambridge).