Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Prion disease

Incidence and diagnosis, cellular mechanisms and pathogenesis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other prion diseases.

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The clinical neurologists, neuropathologists and scientists at the National CJD Research and Surveillance Unit, in collaboration with the Roslin Institute, monitor the characteristics of CJD, identify trends in incidence, study risk factors and contribute to improving the quality of care for those with CJD.

The Director of the Unit is Prof Colin Smith. The clinical lead is Dr Suvankar Pal.


Prion disease projects and services
Research theme PI
Diagnostic services and the development of new diagnostic tests & biomarkers Alison Green
Mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroprotection Jean Manson
CJD epidemiology, clinico-pathological characterisation, diagnostics & public health Richard Knight

Related Links

National CJD Research and Surveillance Unit

The Roslin Institute