Associate Professor, University College London Institute of Neurology
Honorary Consultant Neurologist, Royal Free Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital
Christos Proukakis, Ph.D., FRCP, BM BCh, studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford, with genetics lab research experience both as an undergraduate and as a visiting student at Johns Hopkins. After his general higher medical training, he completed a Ph.D. on hereditary spastic paraplegia at University College London (UCL), accompanied by clinical studies in the Ohio Amish, which contributed to the identification of genes for several neurological conditions.
After higher training in neurology at Queen Square and other London hospitals, he joined the UCL Institute of Neurology, where is currently an Associate Professor. He also has clinical duties at the Royal Free and Chase Farm Hospitals as honorary consultant neurologist, including Parkinson’s disease specialist clinics. Dr. Proukakis’ main research interest is the genetic and molecular basis of the synucleinopathies, and the use of novel genetic technologies in their investigation. He is currently focusing on the hypothesis of somatic mutations contributing to sporadic cases, and recently published evidence of somatic copy number gains of the alpha-synuclein gene.