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SVD Research and Leducq Network scientists recognised for globally-leading expertise on Blood-Brain Barrier

Congratulations on recent recognition!

ExpertScape has recently published ranking  on the most globally influential experts on Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB). 

Two scientists from The University of Edinburgh Small Veseel Disease Research were listed amongst 40 globally most recognised experts in BBB research. 

Professor Joanna Wardlaw and Dr Axel Montagne

Professor Joanna Wardlaw

Chair of Applied Neuroimaging, Head of Neuroimaging Sciences and Edinburgh Imaging, and the Director Director for Row Fogo Centre for Research into Ageing and the Brain.


Professor Joanna Wardlaw research profile

Professor Joanna Wardlaw


Dr Axel Montagne

Previously working with the University of Southern California, Dr Montagne has recently transferred to the University of Edinburgh, where he started his new position as a Chancellor's Fellow and UK DRI Group Leader.

Dr Axel Montagne research profile

Dr Axel Montagne



Recognition to Fondation Leducq Transatlantic Network of Excellence scientists

Moreover, three researchers afilliated with Fondation Leducq Transatlantic Network of Excellence were also listed amongst fourty global leading experts in the Blood-Brain Barrier.

  • Professor Berislav Zlokovic - Universty of Southern California
  • Dr Melanie Sweeney - formerly working with the Universty of Southern California team/
  • Dr Abhay Sagare - Universty of Southern California

Congratulations on latest achievements!


Fondation Leducq Transatlantic Network of Excellence

The Fondation Leducq transatlantic research consortium aim is to study the role of the perivascular space in small vessel disease (SVD), combining multidisciplinary experitise from across Europe and North America.

The group consists of world-class experts, skilled in experimental and clinical studies, who individually have developed novel techniques and unveiled key insights into cerebral microvascular structure and function. Together, they will combine their unique strengths and motivations to unravel the pathobiology of the perivascular space, a structure that plays a pivotal role in maintaining brain health and underpins SVD.

The consorium, led by The University of Edinburgh, consists of 7 other research Centres including

  • Sunnybrook Research Institute, University of Toronto (Canada)
  • University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Yale University  (USA)
  • University of Southern California (USA)
  • University College London (UK)
  • INSERM research groups led by Professor Serge Charpak and Professor Anne Joutel (France)

This article was adapted from the Perivascular Spaces in Small Vessel Disease news feed, titled "Leducq Network scientists recognised for globally-leading expertise on Blood-Brain Barrier"

News feed on Perivascular Spaces in Small Vessel Disease website (external link)


Related links

Expertscape Blood Brain Barrier: Worldwide (external link)

Fondation Leducq Network of Transatlantic Research Excellence (external link)