Following a Bachelors degree in Neuroscience I qualified in medicine in 1992 at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. After three years of general medical training as a junior doctor in Newcastle Hospitals, I studied for a PhD as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellow studying the molecular basis of mitochondrial diseases. Following this I combined a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust with clinical training in neurology and genetics in Newcastle and studying neurogenetics at Queen Square in London. I was appointed Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Newcastle in 2002 before becoming Professor of Neurogenetics at Newcastle University in 2004. In 2003 I became a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science.
I became a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2009, and an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2010. I have been Director of the Newcastle NIHR Biomedical Research Centre since 2008 (recently renewed), and was appointed Director of the Institute of Genetic Medicine in Newcastle in 2010. In 2011 I was elected a Fellow of the American Neurological Association, and was awarded the Foulkes Foundation Medal by the Academy of Medical Sciences.
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