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Prof Tom Warner
Reta Lila Weston Institute, UCL Institute of Neurology
1 Wakefield Street
Tel: 0207 679 4246
Fax: 0207 278 4993
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  • Chair of Clinical Neurology & Director of the Reta Lila Weston Institute
  • Clinical and Movement Neurosciences
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
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Research Summary

The focus of my research is to understand the molecular pathogenesis and cell biology of a number of hereditary movement disorders with the aim of developing novel translational strategies. Studies span from basic cellular neuroscience, to neuropathology and clinical studies.

As an independent investigator I have run a research group studying the cell biology, genetics and pathogenesis of movement disorders, in particular dystonia, Huntington’s disease and hereditary spastic paraplegias, with emphasis on cellular disease mechanisms. For DYT1 dystonia we found abnormalities in synaptic vesicle cycling and that torsinA interacts with a component of the proteasome lid, and mutant torsinA alters the stability of a number of synaptic vesicle proteins including snapin and stonin2. This defect in synaptic vesicle endocytosis and can be reversed by overexpression of SV proteins.

For hereditary spastic paraplegia we have been involved in identification of new disease genes and study of cellular mechanisms particularly for SPG4, 7, and currently the two most common forms of autosomal recessive HSP, SPG 11 and 15. These pathogenetic mechanism inform on maintenance of long axons and axonal development.

My group also has worked on developing biomarkers for Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease and identifying neuroendocrine markers of disease state.

In 2013 I became Director of the Reta Lila Weston Institute of Neurological Studies at UCL Institute of Neurology and established a large collaborative laboratory to model neurodegenerative diseases in neuronal and glial models derived from induced pluripotential stem cells from patients with genetic conditions. Currently we have neuronal and astrocyte models of SPG 11 and 15 HSP, dystonia-parkinsonism, DYT1 dystonia, and frontotemporal dementia due to MAPT gene mutation.

As Director of the Queen Square Brain Bank we are looking to validate findings from our iPS cell models in tissue from sporadic forms of the diseases. We also undertake comprehensive clinic-pathological studies and develop new biomarkers of disease for Parkinson’s disease and its behavioural and cognitive phenotypes.

Teaching Summary

Director of MSc Clinical Neuroscience, UCL, IoN   2013- to date
Lecture and examine undergraduates on the BSc in Molecular Medicine Course.
Clinical teaching of medical students (Top teacher award 2006/7/8)
Postgraduate teaching in Advanced Neurology Course
International plenary sessions on dystonia, neurogenetics and movement disorders

01-JAN-2013 Director The Queen Square Brain Bank for Neurological Disorders, IoN UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2013 Director Reta Lila Weston Institute of Neurological Studies, IoN UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2011 Professor of Clinical Neuroscience Clinical Neurosciences UCL Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
31-DEC-2010 Honorary Consultant Neurologist Neurology UCLH, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2002   Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1997   Doctorat University of London
1990   Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1987   Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery University of Oxford
1984   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Oxford
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