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Podcast Profile – Professor Simon Mead

Name:

Simon Mead

Job Title:

Professor of Neurology

Place of work / study:

University College London

Area of Research:

Prions and prion disease, biomarkers, genetics and clinical trials.

How is your work funded:

Medical Research Council (MRC), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Cure CJD Campaign, Alzheimer’s Society

Tell us a little about yourself:

After medical training at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and a PhD in the genetics of prion diseases at Imperial College London, I started work as a consultant neurologist and Clinical Lead of the UK National Prion Clinic based at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH. Also working at the UK Medical Research Council’s Prion Unit, my research interests include clinical studies of CJD and other human prion diseases, the discovery of genetic and epigenetic factors that cause or modify prion disease and the development of treatments for prion disease. I was made a Professor at UCL in 2014.

I am also a member of the grant review board for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I like fell running, rock climbing and mountaineering.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I was fascinated by the idea of transmissible dementias.

 

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