Professor Gavin Giovannoni MBBCh, PhD, FCP (S.A., Neurol.), FRCP, FRCPath
I was appointed to the Chair of Neurology, Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, in November 2006. I did my undergraduate medical training at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. I graduated from medical school in 1987. After completing my neurology specialist training in in South Africa I moved to the Institute of Neurology, UCL, Queen Square, London in 1993. After three years as a clinical research fellow, under Professor Ed Thompson, and then two years as the Scarfe Lecturer, working for Professor W. Ian McDonald, I was awarded a PhD in immunology from the University of London in 1998. I was appointed as a Clinical Senior Lecturer, Royal Free and University College Medical School, in 1998. I moved back to Institute of Neurology, Queen Square in 1999 and was made a Reader in Neuroimmunology in 2004. My clinical interests are multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system.
I am particularly interested in clinical issues related to optimising MS disease modifying therapies. This blog is a micro-site to try and help MSers understand MS and the decision making processes that underlie treatments for MS.
My current research is focused on Epstein Barr virus as a possible cause of multiple sclerosis, multiple sclerosis related neurodegeneration, biomarker discovery and immune tolerance strategies.