Movement Disorders Research Lead



Dr Alan Whone MB ChB FRCP PhD is Consultant Senior Lecturer in Movement Disorders Neurology at the University of Bristol and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at North Bristol NHS Trust


Alan obtained his undergraduate medical degree from the University of Birmingham. Subsequently, he undertook general medical training in the West Midlands before specialty training in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London, and in Neurology at Kings College Hospital, London, the Hammersmith Hospital, London, and Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. Alan obtained his PhD from Imperial College, London, after 4 years of clinical research into Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders at the MRC Cyclotron Unit, London. During this period Alan was awarded a Wellcome Research Training Fellowship. His PhD research employed brain imaging using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and was supervised by Professor David J Brooks and involved collaborations with Professor Robert Y Moore, University of Pittsburgh. Alan became an NHS Consultant Neurologist in 2008 before moving to his current University post in late 2012.  He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2013 and is a member of the Movement Disorders Society and the Association of British Neurologists.

Alan leads a programme of research in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders at the Bristol Brain Centre, Southmead Hospital. Since 2010 Alan has been Principal Applicant or Co-applicant on £5-million of peer reviewed grant funding (Parkinson’s UK, NIHR) and £1 million of industry or local charities research funding. Alan wishes to case impact the common, disabling and costly symptoms created by Parkinson’s axial manifestations (falls, postural instability, gait-freezing) and neuropsychiatric and or cognitive complications and he has been Principal Investigator on over 8 multi-centre investigator-led or commercial studies in Parkinson’s.

In the past 5 years Alan has given multiple invited research lectures including at The Royal Institution, London, The Royal College of Physicians, London, The Royal College of Surgeons, London, The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, The National Hospital for Neurology, Queen Square, London, Cambridge University, and outside the UK at international meetings in Dublin, the U.S. and Japan.

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Movement Disorders Research Lead