Alastair is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the new Preventive Neurology Unit at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, and an ST6 Neurology Registrar for Barts Health NHS Trust. His main research interests include Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders, particularly early identification and epidemiology, including environmental, clinical and genetic determinants. His other interests include objective measurement of motor and non-motor features of Parkinson’s. Over the last 7 years he has led a study called PREDICT-PD, which aims to identify those in the earliest stages of Parkinson’s, who may one day benefit from drugs that could slow or even halt the disease.
Alastair graduated from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2007 with distinction in medicine and a 1st class degree in BMedSci Molecular Therapeutics. He then pursued integrated clinical-academic training via the Foundation Academic Programme (2007-2009) and an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (2009-2012). In August 2012 he left clinical training to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience at UCL, funded by Parkinson’s UK, which he was awarded in February 2016. Between 2014-2016 he undertook an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, for which he was awarded distinction.