John-Paul Taylor
 
Dr John-Paul Taylor
 

I am a senior lecturer and honorary consultant in old age psychiatry at Newcastle University. Clinically I lead a specialist Lewy body dementia clinic in Newcastle upon Tyne and I provide liaison sessions to Parkinson’s clinics in Northumbria.

 

I have research interests in neurophysiology and neuroimaging and their application to dementia populations, particularly the Lewy body dementias. Specific areas of research include:

 

·         Understanding the neurobiological basis for cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms in Lewy body dementias including cognitive fluctuations and visual hallucinations.

·         The application of novel neuroimaging and neurophysiological techniques in dementia

·         The clinical characterisation of visual hallucinations

·         Understanding the dynamic interaction between vision and cognition.

·         Developing new biomarkers which can be used for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment stratification.

 
 
Sean Colloby
Dr Sean Colloby
 
My research interest is in the development and application of advanced neuroimaging analysis approaches and how they can be applied to Lewy body dementias to better diagnosis and understand these diseases.
 
 
 
 
Dr Ruth Cromarty
 

Dr Greg Elder
 
I am a post-doctoral research assistant within the Institute for Ageing and Health and my main research interests are in dementia with Lewy bodies, and sleep.
 
 
Dr Michael Firbank
 
My research interests are neuroimaging in the aging brain, including functional/diffusion MRI. I'm currently providing MR physics support for the new 3T PET-MR scannerI also have an interest in computerised cognitive testing.
 
 
Alison Killen
 
I am a research assistant within the Institute of Neuroscience / Institute for Ageing and Health and my main research interests are in psychological interventions for carer and patient support in dementia with Lewy bodies. I am currently working on the VEEG Stim study.
 
 
Dr Luis R. Peraza
 
I am Research Associate within the Institute of Neuroscience (ION). My main research interests are the Ageing Brain and Computational Analysis of Neurodegenerative Diseases. I investigate datasets from healthy controls and patients acquired by different neuroimaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in their functional and structural modalities (sMRI and fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and magnetoencephalography (MEG). In the ION we have rich databases that we interrogate by innovative computational methods, and also we use available worldwide datasets dedicated to study ageing and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's disease). 

 
PhD Students
Kat Da Silva Morgan
 
"I am currently an MRes student at the Institute of Neuroscience, studying under the supervision of Dr John-Paul Taylor and Dr Greg Elder. My project is investigating the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on visuoperceptual function in Lewy Body Dementia as a potential therapeutic technique in collaboration with the Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata.
Julia Schumacher

I am a PhD student at the Institute of Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. John-Paul Taylor, Prof. Andrew Blamire, Dr. Peter Gallagher, Dr. Luis Peraza, and Prof. Marcus Kaiser. I am exploring cognitive fluctuations in dementia with Lewy bodies using resting state network analysis on MRI and EEG data.

Myrto Stylianou
 
I am a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Fiona LeBeau and Dr John-Paul Taylor. My main interest is investigating for sleep EEG alterations in an animal model of α-synuclein through in vivo electrophysiology. My project also involves the analysis of human EEG recordings to identify patterns relevant to dementia with Lewy bodies.
Joanna Wilson
 
I am a PhD student under the supervision of Dr John-Paul Taylor and Professor Lynn Rochester, working in collaboration with the Lewy Body Lab and the Brain and Movement research group (BAM). I am investigating the neural correlates of gait in older adults, and how these alter in Parkinson's Disease.
Master's Students
Megan Ingham
 
I am an MRes student at the Institute of Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr John-Paul Taylor and Dr Luis Peraza. I am investigating whether cortical atrophy can be predicted from functional imaging in Parkinson’s disease, using a patient cohort from the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative study database.
Affiliated Members
Dr Paul Donaghy
 
I am a Clinical Research Associate. My research interests include prodromal DLB, biomarkers for early diagnosis and the effect of amyloid in DLB.

 
Dr Joseph Kane
 
I'm a Clinical Research Associate at the Institute of Neuroscience. My research involves the clinical diagnosis and management of Dementia with Lewy bodies and the use of metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) imaging in DLB.

 
Previous Members
Dr Nicholas Murphy
 
I am a former PhD student of John-Paul Taylor, Sara Graziadio, and Lynn Rochester; my thesis (entitled: Understanding the temporal dynamics of visual hallucinations in Parkinson's disease with dementia) was successfully defended in April 2016. My current position is as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where the central themes of my research are the understanding and subsequent improvement of cognitive control in schizophrenia.  At present I maintain several active collaborations with members of the Lewybody lab on different branches of the VEEGStim and CATFIELD projects, where my background in EEG and concurrent TMS-EEG processing is applied.
 
Steven Errington
 
I am a MRes student at the Institute for Ageing and Health, studying under the supervision of Dr Taylor, and co-supervision of Dr Firbank and Dr Collerton.  My project involves an investigation of the visuo-perceptual and attentional deficits in LBD and how these may relate to visual hallucinations.  I am also currently investigating the efficacy of applying two illusion tasks as surrogates or markers for visual hallucinations
 
Dr Xenia Kobeleva
 
I am a young neurologist in training and in my research I have focused on cognitive dysfunctions in neurodegenerative diseases, mainly by the means of fMRI. Recently I have become very enthusiastic about studying connectivity and data driven methods and I would like to learn as much as possible about these methods. 
 
Collaborators
Prof Ian McKeith
 
I have a longstanding interest in all aspects of Lewy body dementias but in particular in matters relating to clinic-pathological diagnosis and therapeutics.


 
Prof Alan Thomas
 
Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.


 
Dr Mark Baker    Newcastle webpage
Dr Frédéric Blanc    webpage 
Dr Laura Bonanni    ResearchGate
Daniel Collerton    Newcastle webpage
Kristinn Johnsen (Mentis Cura)    ResearchGate
Prof Marcus Kaiser    Newcastle webpage
                                     www.dynamic-connectome.org
Kolkata's Institute of Neurosciences, www.neurokolkata.org/
Dr. Fiona Le Beau    Newcastle webpage
Prof Urs Moismann    Webpage
Dr Kianoush Nazarpour    Newcastle webpage
Prof John O’Brien    webpage
Prof Marco Onofrj     webpage
Prof Lynn Rochester     webpage
Leo Tomasevic    ResearchGate