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Dr Peter Connick

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Cambridge
Autologous mesenchymal stem cells as a neuroprotective therapy for secondary progressive multiple sclerosis
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow

Professional Qualifications

Member of the Royal College of Physicians, MRCP (UK)

Biography

I'm an academic neurologist who trained in Cambridge and London before taking my current position at the University of Edinburgh, Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.

Qualifications

BSc (Med Sci)

MBChB (Hons)

PhD

Research Interests

Regenerative neurology spanning two principal themes. First: developing and improving existing techniques to measure the impact of regenerative therapies in brain diseases, and second: developing techniques to stratify phenomenologically defined patient groups according to the undelying pathology - i.e. stratified medicine in the neurodegenerative disorders.

Current Research Interests

Development of new techniques to measure information processing deficits in people with multiple sclerosis.

Visiting and Research Positions

Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Honorary Consultant Neurologist

My research in a nutshell

The big challenge in 21st century neurology is to develop treatments that can slow, stop, or reverse the loss of brain cells in neurodegenerative diseases like the dementias, motor neurone disease, and MS.

 

Part of the reason why we don't already have these treatments is because we lack the tools to measure neuroprotection and brain repair in clinical trials. My work aims to develop the measurement tools we need.

 

Separately, by defining diseases through their symptoms rather than through the underlying (patho)biology, most patients in any regenerative neurology trial will have little prospect of benefit. I also work on methods to ""stratify" neurodegenerative diseases so that the right person gets the right treatment at the right time.

Research students

1) Miss Ramune Margeviciute (Impairment of visual cognition in MS)

2) Dr Daisy Mollison (The relationship between white matter pathology and cognitive impairment in MS)

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

Consultant neurologist (GMC: 6026456)

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