Our Staff

Clinic Directors and Manager

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Professor Siddharthan Chandran

Clinic Director and MacDonald Professor of Neurology

Siddharthan Chandran is a clinical neurologist with a particular interest in neurodegenerative disease. His research combines specialist clinics with laboratory research on human stem cells.

Profile on Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences website

Professor Charles ffrench-Constant

Clinic Director and Professor of Multiple Sclerosis Research

Charles ffrench-Constant is Director of the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine and a consultant geneticist whose main research focus is multiple sclerosis. His lab studies oligodendrocyte biology and myelination and investigates the basic biology of embryonic and adult neural stem cells. His work aims at in vivo manipulation of cells and molecules to promote nervous system regeneration. 

http://www.crm.ed.ac.uk/research/group/myelination-and-repair-cns

Shuna Colville

Rowling Clinic and Research Project Manager

Shuna Colville, whose experience is in clinical research into MND and other diseases, coordinates the Clinic’s research, clinical trials and patient care activities.

Administrative, Research and Clinical Support

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Pamela Macdonald

Clinic Administrator

Pamela Macdonald acts as the clinic administrator and first point of contact for the Clinic as well as providing PA support to the Clinic Manager.

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Pamela acts as the first point of contact for the Clinic as well as providing PA support to the Clinic Manager - See more at: http://annerowlingclinic.com/news/denise-and-pamela-new-roles#sthash.W6GeWGRK.dpuf
Pamela acts as the first point of contact for the Clinic as well as providing PA support to the Clinic Manager - See more at: http://annerowlingclinic.com/news/denise-and-pamela-new-roles#sthash.W6GeWGRK.dpufacts as the first point of contact for the Clinic as well as providing PA support to the Clinic Manager.
Pamela acts as the first point of contact for the Clinic as well as providing PA support to the Clinic Manager - See more at: http://annerowlingclinic.com/news/denise-and-pamela-new-roles#sthash.W6GeWGRK.dpuf

Liz Adams

Receptionist

Liz is the NHS Lothian support receptionist. Responsible for making and changing appointments and helping with patient and carer enquiries.

Denise Cranley

Research Assistant

Denise Cranley provides assistance to the clinical research team with specific focus on recruitment of patients to trials; maintenance of neurodegenerative research databases and cognitive assessment. 

Dr Rebecca Devon

Scientific Communications Manager

Rebecca Devon uses her PhD training in neuroscience research and experience in science writing, editing and public engagement to inform her work managing the interface between the Clinic and the public.

Harry Gordon

Data Processor & Research Support

Harry Gordon is involved in processing data for research studies carried out in the clinic. He also provides support for study-related patient visits.

Wei Guo

Software Developer

Wei Guo is a software developer working as part of the collaborative project Speak:Unique, he works closely with colleagues based at Informatics and with the Euan MacDonald Centre.

Alison Henderson

NHS Registered Nurse

Alison Henderson is an NHS registered nurse whose main responsibility is the daily running of the MS clinics, providing clinical assistance, phlebotomy and patient health checks. 

Anne Heron

NHS Clinical Support Worker

Anne Heron helps with the daily running of the Clinic. She supports patients who are attending the Clinic, responsible for phlebotomy and conducting patient health checks.

 

Chris Lerpiniere

Senior Research Nurse

Chris Lerpiniere is responsible for coordinating the Clinic's academic trials and studies.

Dawn Lyle

Senior Neurology Research Nurse

Dawn Lyle provides nursing input for the Anne Rowling Clinic’s research trials. She coordinates patient recruitment and enrolment and oversees all study-related visits.

Kerry Mackay

Community Fundraising Officer

Kerry Mackay helps people fundraise for the Anne Rowling Clinic, making it as straightforward, fun and financially successful as possible.

For more information see http://annerowlingclinic.com/fundraise-for-us.html

Giulia Melchiorre

Data Processor & Research Support

Giulia Melchiorre is involved in processing data for research studies carried out in the clinic. She also provides support for study-related patient visits.

Carol Ostrowski

Research Receptionist

Carol is responsible for the clerical and administration tasks for the Clinic's various research projects as well as reception duties. 

Rowling Scholars and Laboratory Researchers

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Dr Shyamanga Borooah

Wellcome Trust and Scottish Medicine and Therapeutics Clinical Research Training Fellow; Honorary Ophthalmology Registrar

Dr Borooah is an ophthalmologist whose research interests are in using patient-derived stem cells to model macular degeneration, to study disease mechanisms and potential therapeutics.

Dr James Cameron

Rowling Scholar and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist

James Cameron is a clinical ophthalmologist with an interest in retinal disease and retinal imaging. His research aims to explore how the use of eye imaging technology may contribute to the understanding of neurodegenerative disease.

 

Dr Keisuke Kaji

European Research Council Fellow

Keisuke Kaji aims to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells. Induced pluripotent stem cells are expected to become a source for in vitro disease modelling, autologous cell transplantation and drug discovery.

http://www.crm.ed.ac.uk/research/group/biology-reprogramming

Dr Tilo Kunath

Parkinson’s UK Senior Research Fellow

Tilo Kunath's research aims to understand how disease proteins, such as α-synuclein, cause neurodegeneration, and use this understanding to generate novel therapeutics.

http://www.crm.ed.ac.uk/research/group/mechanisms-neurodegeneration

MS Clinic and Research

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Chris Batchelor

Research Nurse

Chris Batchelor research nurse working on the FutureMs Research Study. She coordinates patient recruitment and overseas all FutureMS Study related visits.

Dr Peter Connick

Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Neurologist

Peter Connick is interested in the clinical development of new treatments for neurodegenerative conditions such as progressive multiple sclerosis. His focus is on “stratified medicine” - that is, strategies to direct the right treatment to the right patient at the right time, and novel outcomes to quantify treatment effects.

Dr Ramune Dirvanskiene

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ramune Dirvanskiene is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic. Her main research interests are time-related changes in cognitive (brain) functions in MS, such as memory, concentration and information processing speed. 

Dr David Hunt

Wellcome Clinical Scientist

David Hunt is a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow and honorary Consultant Neurologist at the University of Edinburgh. He runs a specialised clinic for people with inflammatory diseases of the nervous system. David studies the molecular pathways that drive neuroinflammatory diseases, with a view to developing more effective ways of switching off inflammatory damage.

Matt Justin

MS Specialist Nurse

Matt Justin attends MS Clinics and coordinates specialist care for multiple sclerosis patients.

Nicola MacLeod

MS Specialist Nurse

Nicola MacLeod attends MS Clinics and coordinates specialist care for multiple sclerosis patients.

Dr Don Mahad

Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Neurologist

Don Mahad's research is into bioenergetic changes in progressive multiple sclerosis patients, in particular the role of mitochondria.

Dr Katy Murray

Consultant Neurologist NHS Forth Valley

Katy Murray has a special interest in disease monitoring and the treatment of multiple sclerosis. She is involved in several ongoing multiple sclerosis clinical trials.

Dr Belinda Weller

Consultant Neurologist

Belinda Weller specialises in the treatment of people with multiple sclerosis and is involved with MS clinical trials.

Professor Anna Williams

Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow and Honorary Consultant Neurologist

Anna Williams' research seeks to understand why remyelination fails in multiple sclerosis and to improve the efficiency of remyelination in multiple sclerosis.

http://www.crm.ed.ac.uk/research/group/remyelination-multiple-sclerosis

MND Clinic and Research Staff

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Professor Siddharthan Chandran

Clinic Director and MacDonald Professor of Neurology

Siddharthan Chandran is a clinical neurologist with a particular interest in neurodegenerative disease. His research combines specialist clinics with laboratory research on human stem cells.

Profile on Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences website

Dr Richard Davenport

Consultant Neurologist

Richard Davenport is a general neurologist who specialises in movement disorders, subarachnoid haemorrhage, epilepsy, headache, myasthenia gravis and motor neurone diseases.

Alison McEleney

MND Specialist Nurse

Alison McEleney attends the MND clinics and helps to coordinate specialist care for the motor neurone disease clinic.

Judith Newton

MND National Lead/Consultant Nurse

Judith Newton is the new Scotland-wide National Lead/Consultant Nurse, working closely with MND Scotland, the Scottish Government and MND nurses throughout Scotland.

Dr Phillipa Rewaj

Speech and Language Therapist

Dr Phillipa Rewaj is interested in dysarthria and damaged voices in motor neurone disease. She is working on a voice banking project that aims to provide personalised synthetic voices for patients with motor neurone disease.

Laura Stephenson

MND Research Nurse

Laura Stephenson runs the MND Register and coordinates MND-related clinical research.

Gill Stott

MND Specialist Nurse

Gill Stott attends MND Clinics and coordinates specialist care for motor neurone disease patients.

Cognitive Disorders Clinic and Research

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Professor Sharon Abrahams

Chair of Neuropsychology

Sharon Abrahams studies cognitive, behavioural and cerebral changes in neurodegenerative disease. Her research aims to explore the mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction and memory in patients with motor neurone disease, frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. 

http://www.ppls.ed.ac.uk/people/sharon-abrahams

Dr Thomas Bak

Lecturer in Human Cognitive Neuroscience

Thomas Bak is interested in the relationship between language, cognition and movement in neurodegenerative brain diseases, in particular motor neurone disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration and frontotemporal dementia.

http://www.ppls.ed.ac.uk/people/thomas-bak

Research in a Nutshell video: http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/srodnes/RVID/thomas-bak-cognitive-neurology

Dr Guy Holloway

Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist

Guy Holloway has a special interest in psychiatry, neurology and geriatrics.

Dr Suvankar Pal

NRS Career Researcher Fellow and Consultant Neurologist

Suvankar Pal leads the multidisciplinary cognitive disorders clinic and is principal investigator for the Edinburgh Cognitive Disorders Clinic Diagnosis Audit Research & Treatment (CDC-DART) study.

Ratko Radakovic

PhD student in Psychology

Ratko Radakovic is studying apathy, and its characteristics, as a symptom of motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease, frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Dr Tim Wilkinson

Research Registrar

Tim Wilkinson is a registrar with a special interest in dementias. He is investigating the accuracy of using routinely-collected health data for the identification of neurodegenerative diseases in large population cohorts such as UK Biobank.

Movement Disorders Clinic and Research

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Dr Richard Davenport

Consultant Neurologist

Richard Davenport is a general neurologist who specialises in movement disorders, subarachnoid haemorrhage, epilepsy, headache, myasthenia gravis and motor neurone diseases.

Brain Haemorrhage Clinic and Research

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Professor Rustam Al-Shahi Salman

MRC Senior Clinical Fellow and Honorary Consultant Neurologist

Rustam Al-Shahi Salman is a consultant neurologist with a specialist interest in stroke. His research focuses on improving the outcome after stroke due to bleeding in the brain, known as brain haemorrhage.

Rosemary Anderson

RUSH Project co-ordinator

Rosemary Anderson co-ordinates patient recruitment and enrolment into research projects focusing on improving the outcome after stroke due to bleeding in the brain, known as brain haemorrhage.

Huntington's Disease Clinic and Research

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Professor Mary Porteous

Consultant, Lead Clinician for Clinical Genetics Services, SE Scotland

Mary Porteous’s major research interests are in the colorectal cancer field and Huntington’s disease.  She is the local Principal Investigator for 'Registry 3', a multi centre, multi-national observational study. 

Marie McGill

Nurse Consultant and National Lead, Single Gene Complex Needs (SGCN) Service

Marie McGill leads a national service working with patients with rare diseases of genetic origin and specialises in Huntington’s disease.  She is jointly responsible for the recruitment and enrolment of patients to 'Registry 3'.