I am a neuroscientist with expertise and research interest in Neurodegenerative and Neuropsychiatric disorders, Neuropathology, Neuroimmunology, and Developmental Neurobiology. I have extensive teaching experience in the Neurosciences and Mental Health, with a broader interest in postgraduate studies, medical education, online and distance-learning.
I joined the Open University in 2003, coming from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, where I co-ordinated and led research into the pathogenesis of prion diseases funded by the European Union (1998-2003). My research at the Open University has focused on the neurobiology of autism (2003-2012), collaborating with colleagues in Germany, leading a programme supported by NAAR, Autism Speaks and ATP in the United States, and on microglial cell development (2006-present) collaborating with colleagues at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and in Japan. I have held long-standing honorary and visiting academic appointments at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London (2001-2014), and have taught on the MSc Neuroscience programme at the Institute for nearly two decades (1995-2014). I was appointed Reader at the OU in 2008, Head of the Brain and Behavioural Sciences Discipline from 2011-2013 (Faculty of Science, LHCS Department), and have been directing the Science Taught Postgraduate Programme since 2013.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a member of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the British Neuropathological Society (BNS), International Society of Neuropathology (ISN), the British Neuroscience Association (BNA), Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) and the Biosciences Federation (BSF). I have served on the General and Academic Committees of the BNS (2006-2010), on the Advisory Board of the UK Brain Bank for Autism and Related Developmental Research (2009 - present), on the Open University's Senate (2008-2012), Research Careers Development Advisory Group (2006-2014), and Taught Postgraduate Advisory Group (2014-present).
BSc (Honours) Physiology, King's College London, University of London; MSc and PhD in Neuroscience (Neuropathology and Neuroimmunology), Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, University of London.
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