The path from the "mad cow disease" crisis to understanding Alzheimers and other dementias

John Collinge is Professor of Neurology and Head of the Department of Neurodegenerative Disease at the UCL Institute of Neurology. He also directs the NHS National Prion Clinic at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He also established the MRC Prion Unit at Imperial College in 1998 which he now directs.

Professor Collinge is committed to highly multidisciplinary research and the seamless integration of basic laboratory and clinical research. His laboratory demonstrated in 1996 that the new human prion disease, variant CJD, was caused by the same prion strain as that causing BSE in cattle and has been responsible for a number of key advances in the field. Professor Collinge has served on numerous Government advisory committees on prion disease at a national, European Union and international level. He is committed to public communication on prion research.

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