Andrew Lees (neurologist)

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Andrew Lees
Andrew John Lees
Lees during a talk in 2010
Born Andrew John Lees
1947
Merseyside, England
Known for Creating the most widely used criteria for the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
Medical career
Profession Physician

Andrew John Lees (born in 1947 in Merseyside, England) is an English neurologist. He is Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London and University College London. In 2011 he was named as the world's most highly cited Parkinson's disease researcher.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Lees studied at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel where he was awarded the Jonathan Hutchinson Prize for Clinical Medicine, and trained as a neurologist at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, University College Hospital and at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.[3] where he was appointed consultant neurologist at the age of 33.

Lees was director of the Reta Lila Weston Institute of Neurological Studies at University College London from 1998-2012:,[4] an institution dedicated to research into neurodegenerative diseases. In 1987 he co-founded the Queen Square Brain Bank for Neurological Disorders (QSBB), which now houses the largest collection of Parkinson's brains in the world and is where he conducted the research that led to the Queen Square Brain Bank criteria for Parkinson's disease. From 2002 to 2012 he was also director of the Sara Koe PSP Research Centre funded by the PSP Association to conduct research into progressive supranuclear palsy.

Professor Lees was responsible for the introduction of use of apomorphine to treat advanced complications of Parkinson's disease including dyskinesias and complications of the use of levodopa.

Awards and achievements[edit]

In 2006 Lees received the American Academy of Neurology Movement Disorders Life Time Achievement Award for his outstanding achievements in the field of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders.[5] In 2012 he was awarded the Dingebauer Prize by the German Society of Neurology for his outstanding achievement in the field of Movement Disorders.[6]

He delivered various keynote and memorial lectures worldwide including the UK,[7][8] Thailand, Budapest and Dublin.[9] Other achievements include: Council Member for the Academy of Medical Sciences, United Kingdom,[10] National Institute for Health Research Senior investigator,[11] Co-founder and past President of the The Movement Disorder Society, Former Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Movement Disorders, UK Government National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Guidleline Development Group for Parkinson's Disease (2006),[12] Visiting Professor to the University of Liverpool, Visiting Professor to the Hospital Sao Rafaele, Salvador Brazil, Honorary overseas member of the Academia Nacional de Medicina, Brazil,[13]

Publications[edit]

Scientific articles[edit]

Lees is recognised as a highly cited neuroscientist on the Institute for Scientific Information "ISI Highly Cited Researchers" database with an h-index of 94 and is the world's most highly cited Parkinson's disease researcher with over 23,000 citations since 1985 and co-author of 8 citation classics.[14][15]

Books[edit]

  • Tics and Related Disorders. Churchill Livingstone Edinburgh. 1985. 
  • Ray of Hope. 2011.  A biography of Ray Kennedy, the former England football player who developed Parkinson's disease at the age of 35. Michael Joseph and Penguin Books London

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ponce, Francisco A.; Lozano, Andres M. (2011). "The most cited works in Parkinson's disease". Movement Disorders 26 (3): 380–90. doi:10.1002/mds.23445. PMID 21462255. 
  2. ^ Sorensen, Aaron A.; Weedon, David (2011). "Productivity and Impact of the Top 100 Cited Parkinson's Disease Investigators since 1985". Journal of Parkinson's Disease 1 (1): 3–13. doi:10.3233/JPD-2011-10021. 
  3. ^ http://www.uclh.org/OurServices/Consultants/Pages/ProfJohnLees.aspx/[dead link]
  4. ^ "Professor Andrew Lees, Emeritus Director". ucl.ac.uk. 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Movement Disorders Research Award". 
  6. ^ "Parkinson-Krankheit: Dingebauer-Preis für Professor Heinz Reichmann (Dresden) und Professor Andrew Lees (London)". 
  7. ^ "Lord Brain Memorial Lecture is launched in recognizing outstanding contribution to neuroscience". 
  8. ^ William Richard Gowers 1845-1915: Exploring the Victorian Brain. 
  9. ^ "Awards and congratulations,27 June 2012. Extracts from the Provost's newsletter.". [dead link]
  10. ^ "The Academy of Medical Sciences | Directory of Fellows". acmedsci.ac.uk. 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  11. ^ http://www.acnr.co.uk/may_june_09/ACNRMJ09_awards.pdf
  12. ^ "PARKINSON’S DISEASE National clinical guideline for diagnosis and management in primary and secondary care.". 
  13. ^ "Jornal do Brasil - Ciência e Tecnologia - Andrew Lees fala de avanços no tratamento de Parkinson, no Rio". jb.com.br. 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  14. ^ Ponce, Francisco A.; Lozano, Andres M. (2011). "The most cited works in Parkinson's disease". Movement Disorders 26 (3): 380–90. doi:10.1002/mds.23445. PMID 21462255. 
  15. ^ Sorensen, Aaron A.; Weedon, David (2011). "Productivity and Impact of the Top 100 Cited Parkinson's Disease Investigators since 1985". Journal of Parkinson's Disease 1 (1): 3–13. doi:10.3233/JPD-2011-10021. 

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