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Dr Peter Whitton
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UCL
School of Pharmacy
London
WC1N 1AX
Tel: 447917747607
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Pharmacology
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
 
 
Biography
Dr Whitton undertook his B.Sc. in Life Sciences at the Polytechnic of Central London between 1979 and 1981. After graduating he spent two years working as a postgraduate research assistant at The Institute Rudger Boskovic (University of Zagreb) in Zagreb, Croatia. The research centered on two main themes. The regulation of cerebrospinal fluid formation in relation to hydrocephalus and the effects of the antiepileptic sodium valproate on monoaminergic systems in the CNS. After returning to the UK he undertook an M.Sc. in Pharmacology at the University of Strathclyde (1983-1984) and thereafter a Ph.D. in neurochemistry at The University of Glasgow (1984-1987). After this he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Neurology (UCL) from 1987-1989, studying the effects of antidepressant and anxiolytic drugs of monoamine release in the rat. Since 1989 Dr Whitton has been at The School of Pharmacy. His research for some years was aimed at understanding the mechanisms of action of antiepileptic and antidepressant drugs. More recently he has worked on novel therapeutic targets in Parkinson's disease (PD). In particular this has been aimed at extensive pre-clinical research on the possible utility of the drug exendin-4 in PD. Positive results in these studies have now been followed by a clinical trial with exendin-4 which has delivered encouraging results. It is intended to extend and develop this line of research in the future.
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