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Professor Alan Thompson

Programme Chair - Neurosciences
Academic Health Science Centre

Professor Alan Thompson is Director of the Neuroscience Programme for UCLPartners AHSC and Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences. He is an NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus and was previously Director of the Institute of Neurology. His main research interest is multiple sclerosis (MS) and he chairs the Scientific Steering Committee of the Progressive MS Alliance. He is editor-in-chief of the main MS journal – Multiple Sclerosis Journal.

The Neuroscience programme has a very strong academic pedigree and is tackling some of the key health challenges of the modern era, including Dementia and Mental Health. Its key aim is to improve understanding and thereby introduce new treatments to a range of disabling neurological disorders. It has already pioneered an innovative partnership with industry and has established the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neuroscience Centre. It has great synergy with the activity of the well-established Mental Health Network and the recently formed Neuroscience Network which will enhance the dissemination of any new advances.

“The challenges facing neuroscience are immense but with the powerhouse of expertise contained within the AHSC, working with the Faculty and the Biomedical Research Centre, we are well placed to make a major contribution in bringing new approaches to the treatment and management of neurological disorders.”

"We are well placed to make a major contribution in bringing new approaches to the treatment and management of neurological disorders"