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Prof Nicholas Wood
Department of Molecular Neuroscience
Institute of Neurology
Queen Square
  • Professor of Clinical Neurogenetics
  • Clinical and Movement Neurosciences
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Nick qualified in medicine from the University of Birmingham. He went on to take a PhD in Cambridge. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Science in 2004 and to senior investigator of the NIHR in 2008. He is currently Galton Professor of Genetics, a Consultant Neurologist and Vice Dean for Research Faculty of Brain Sciences.

Research Summary

My chief interests are the genetic variants which contribute to nervous system function and dysfunction. Over the last few years the laboratory has contributed to the finding of a number of genes which when mutated cause Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions. Following on from these discoveries we have built a group focused on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of PD. This involves molecular and cellular biology and live cell imaging.
One of the major challenges facing neuroscience is the genetic basis of normal and abnormal function.Over the past few years this lab and colleagues (within and outside UCL) have built a programme of research based around haplotype tagging of the human genome. Currently we are directly involved in 2 genome wide associations studies focused on two common neurological diseases (Epilepsy and PD).

Academic Background
1995 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medicine University of Cambridge
1989 MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians – Clinical Medicine Royal College of Physicians
1986 MB.ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine/Surgery University of Birmingham
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