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Dr Rimona Weil
8-11 Queen Square
London
United Kingdom
Tel: 0203 448 3048
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Appointment
  • Principal Research Fellow
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

I graduated from Downing College, Cambridge in 1998 and went on to study medicine at University College London, qualifying in 2001. My PhD research examined the integration of visual signals in the healthy and damaged brain and was undertaken at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL.  After that, I  trained as a clinical neurologist at the Royal Free Hospital and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. I was awarded a post-doctoral UCL Excellence Fellowship in 2014 to study visual changes in Parkinson’s disease. Currently, I  hold a Wellcome  Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship that supports a longitudinal study on predictors of dementia in Parkinson’s disease, using neuroimaging, retinal and cognitive markers. Alongside this I am an honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and lead clinics in Parkinson's dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies.

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Research Summary

My research explores the changes in visual perception that take place in Parkinson’s disease. I use a combination of psychophysical and neuroimaging techniques such as functional  and structural MRI  in patients with sporadic and genetic forms of Parkinson’s to understand where and how visual processing goes wrong in different forms of Parkinson’s disease.

By investigating visual changes in Parkinson's disease, I aim to shed light onto dementia in Parkinson's disease, and the related condition: Dementia with Lewy Bodies. I also work to understand visual hallucinations in these conditions. 


Teaching Summary

I supervise 3 PhD students and several MSc students. I jointly run the "Dementia in the Clinic" Module of the UCL Dementia MSc (Neuroscience) with Dr Jonathan Rohrer.

Academic Background
2004   Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
2001   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery University College London
1998   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Cambridge
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