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Cambridge Neuroscientist awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in recognition for his work in clinical academic medicine

Congratulations go to Dr. James Rowe, from the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, who has been awarded the Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in Clinical Science this month.

The Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship scheme provides comprehensive support for clinical investigators to further develop their research and to establish themselves as leading investigators in clinical academic medicine. Fellowships are awarded annually to candidates of exceptional ability and outstanding promise.

James’ fellowship program is called “Optimisation of cognitive and behavioural control in Parkinson’s disease and Frontotemporal degeneration”. His work builds on collaborations between the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, and the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute. He will use two sensitive brain scanning methods (magnetic resonance imaging and magnetoencephalography) in combination with novel drug treatments to study two major neurodegenerative disorders: Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD). The long term goal is to help patients with impulsivity or inflexibility, improving the ability of patients to choose or change their actions. The collaborations and resources within Cambridge Neuroscience were a significant factor in his success, in addition to the exciting and innovative research itself.

James joins a number of Cambridge Neuroscientists who have been awarded this prestigious Fellowship, including: Dr Sadaf Farooqi (Department of Clinical Biochemistry), Dr Paul Fletcher (Department of Psychiatry) and Dr Evan Reid  (Department of Medical Genetics).

Posted on 14/07/2009

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