Professor Siddharthan Chandran with the author J K Rowling at the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic
Thursday 15th February in the CASTLE from 2-4 pm
A higher proportion of the Outer Hebrides population suffers from Multiple Sclerosis than almost anywhere else on Earth.
So local people will welcome Professor Siddharthan Chandran, Professor of Neurology, Director of Edinburgh Neuroscience & Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at Edinburgh University since 2009, when he visits Stornoway.
The visit is organised by NHS Western Isles under the auspices of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Rachel Morrison, MS Nurse for the Western Isles, is the leading light behind the organisation of the event.
Professor Chandran is currently the Director of the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Director of the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research and co-director of the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic. He is also a group leader in the MRC Centre for regenerative medicine and the Centre for Neuroregeneration.
His research combines laboratory and clinical activity. This includes work with human stem cells and specialist clinics for MS and MND, to study disease and undertake early-phase clinical trials.
The ultimate aim of Professor Chandran’s research is to develop regenerative therapies for neuro-degenerative diseases, through linked clinical research and laboratory studies.
He says: ‘Neurodegenerative diseases affect cells in the nervous system called neurons. Twenty million people worldwide are diagnosed with a neuro-degenerative disease each year and at present they are all progressive and incurable.
“The Chandran group links clinical activity with laboratory research into two such conditions: multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease, measuring disease course and treatment outcomes through disease bio-registers builds an increasingly accurate clinical picture.
“In parallel, studies in the lab - including using human stem cells -focus on understanding what is going wrong in the neurons and supporting cells called glia. Bringing these two strands of work together, the group aims to develop novel regenerative therapies and bring them to early-phase clinical trials.’
People are welcome to attend both talks but the first lecture on Wednesday evening is primarily geared for clinicians so others may prefer to attend the second lecture in the Castle on Thursday 15th, geared more towards those with less expertise of diseases such as MS and MND.
On Multiple Sclerosis, many people will be unaware that the Western Isles - along with the Orkneys, Shetland Isles and Highland Region – have the highest incidence of MS in the world per head of population.
Organisers say that Professor Chandran is a very modest down-to-earth speaker who tailors his talks to his audience to make his subject accessible to all.
He trained in medicine at Southampton University then undertook neurology training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London and Cambridge. In 2000, he was awarded a PhD in developmental neurobiology from Cambridge University. Previous appointments have included consultant neurologist, University Lecturer and Fellow of Kings College at the University of Cambridge.
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