Professor John Pickard

John Pickard

University position


Professor John Pickard is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


Department of Clinical Neurosciences


Neurosurgery Unit and Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre


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Research Theme

Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience


Advancing the care of patients with acute brain injury (trauma, haemorrhage and hydrocephalus) from initial ictus, neurointensive care, recovery from coma and rehabilitation to final outcome through the study of pathophysiology (multimodality bedside monitoring, PET and MR imaging - Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre), randomised controlled trials, UK Shunt Evaluation Laboratory and Shunt Registry and refining the rehabilitation pathway for our 2.6M population in the Eastern Region. Discoveries have included definition of how early insults to the brain in both childhood and later life may lead to late changes and cognitive outcome, new ways of detecting when the blood supply to critical areas of the brain become at risk, which treatments may be helpful (acute statin, decompressive craniectomy) and which counterproductive, detection of awareness in the 'vegetative ' state (fMR), which parts of the brain are affected in normal pressure hydrocephalus and novel treatment for pseudotumor cerebri.

Research Focus


brain injury


pseudotumor cerebri

brain imaging

vegetative state

Clinical conditions


Pseudotumor cerebri.

Subarachnoid haemorrhage

Traumatic brain injury


Computational modelling

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Multimodality bedside monitoring (microdialysis, intracranial pressure, transcranial Doppler).

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)



Franklin Aigbirhio

Adrian Carpenter

Martin Coleman

Jonathan Coles

Marek Czosnyka

Anthony Davenport

Tim Fryer

Peter Hutchinson

Peter Kirkpatrick

David Menon

Adrian Owen

Hugh Richards

Trevor Robbins

Barbara Sahakian

Pietr Smielewski

Robert Tasker


Alonso Pena

Associated News Items

Key publications

Owen AM, Coleman MR, Boly M, Davis MH, Laureys S, Pickard JD (2006), “Detecting awareness in the vegetative state” Science 313:1402 Details

Momjian S, Owler BK, Czosnyka Z, Czosnyka M, Pena A, Pickard JD (2004), “Pattern of white matter regional cerebral blood flow and autoregulation in normal pressure hydrocephalus” Brain 127:565-572 Details

Higgins JN, Owler BK, Cousins C, Pickard JD (2002), “Venous stenting for refractory benign intracranial hypertension” Lancet 359:228-30