Appointment of the first Rowling Fellow
30 January 2013
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Rickie Patani of Cambridge University as our first Rowling Fellow.
Dr Patani is a post-doctoral Clinical Research Associate at Cambridge University (Anne McLaren Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine) and Specialist Registrar in Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. His research focuses on motor neurone disease (MND), a rapidly progressive and invariably fatal neurodegenerative condition. At present, the causes and underlying biology of this devastating disease are poorly understood. Dr Patani is an expert in the generation of human cell-based models of MND. It is hoped that these ‘disease models in a dish’ will yield fundamental insights into the biology of MND, and prove to be a valuable tool in the evaluation and discovery of new targeted therapies.
The Rowling Fellow designation is reserved for outstanding collaborators outside the University of Edinburgh whose research aims align closely with the goals of the Anne Rowling Clinic. Rowling fellowships are offered to promote collaborative research, innovation and partnership in the area of Regenerative Neurology.