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Dr Paul Edison, Male

Consultant physician and clinical senior lecturer in neuroscience 4707404
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Dr Paul Edison is a clinical senior lecturer in the division of brain sciences at Imperial College London and a visiting professor at Cardiff University, Wales. He is also a consultant physician at Hammersmith Hospital.

His research has focused on neuroimaging with novel molecular probes, using PET and magnetic resonance techniques for imaging pathophysiological changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Dr Edison has extensive experience in PET imaging in different neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory conditions. Combined with his clinical expertise in different types of degenerative diseases and dementia, he has investigated the relationship between amyloid deposition, microglial activation, and glucose metabolism in different disorders, along with evaluating different transporters in the brain. His work in assessing microglial activation and amyloid load showed that both these are increased in Alzheimer’s disease, and microglial activation correlates with cognition, while amyloid load does not correlate with cognition. He was a Medical Research Council clinical research fellow before he became a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) clinical senior lecturer.

His work now focuses on neuroinflammation, and the interplay between inflammation and immunity in neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory disease, and relating these with genetic information. He is also evaluating the methods of modulating inflammation and amyloid in Alzheimer’s disease, and the influence of cardiometabolic factors on the development of neurodegenerative diseases by means of clinical and pre-clinical studies. Dr Edison leads the Imperial College Memory Research Centre, and is the chief investigator of several imaging studies using PET and MRI. He heads multicentre studies evaluating novel treatment of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. He also runs a memory clinic at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.


Special interests

  • Memory and cognitive impairment
  • Dementia
  • General medicine