People

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.

John-Paul's Newcastle webpage ResearchGate

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.

Sean's Newcastle webpage ResearchGate

Dr Ruth Cromarty

Ruth's Newcastle webpage

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.

Greg's Newcastle webpage ResearchGate Google Scholar

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 scanner. I also have an interest in computerised cognitive testing.

Michael's Newcastle webpage ResearchGate

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.

Alison's Newcastle webpage

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).

Luis' Newcastle webpage Google Scholar ResearchGate

PhD Students

Ramtin Mehraram

I am a PhD student within the Institute of Neuroscience, funded by the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre, and under the supervision of Dr. Luis Peraza, Prof. Marcus Kaiser and Dr. John-Paul Taylor. My research relates on assessing confirmatory biomarkers for Dementia with Lewy Bodies through analysis of electrophysiological brain measures, such as EEG and MRI data.

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.

ResearchGate

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

Undergraduate Students

Shannon Shin-Yu Chen

I am a second year undergraduate student at Princeton University and am majoring in neuroscience on the premedical track. As a student visitor to Newcastle University, I will be testing linear models to study the correlation between cortical atrophy and deterioration of cognitive function in Parkinson's Disease by using a patient cohort from the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative study database. I will be conducting research under the supervision of Dr. Jon-Paul Taylor, Dr. Luis Peraza, and PhD student Julia Schumacher.

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.

Paul's Newcastle webpage

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.

Joseph's Newcastle webpage

Previous Members

Kevin Ansah

I am a 4th-year pharmacy undergraduate working within the Institute of Neuroscience. My main research interest is to investigate the data sets of anticholinergic burden on Lewy body dementia patients and critique whether there is an impact in patients neuropsychiatric or cognitive function.

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.

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.

ResearchGate

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

ResearchGate

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.

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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.

Ian's Newcastle webpage

Google Scholar

Prof Alan Thomas

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

Alan's Newcastle webpage


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