Mr Mark Hughes (BSc Hons MBChB MSc PhD FRCS Neurosurgery MFSTEd)

Consultant Neurosurgeon and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer


Mark Hughes is consultant neurosurgeon and honorary senior lecturer. He underwent neurosurgical training in London, Edinburgh, New York, and Leeds - and completed a Wellcome Trust-funded PhD en route. His subspecialist work focuses on pituitary tumours and anterior skull base neurosurgery.


BSc (Hons) Neuroscience


MSc Surgical sciences


PhD Neuroscience and electrical engineering

FRCS (Neurosurgery)


Responsibilities & affiliations

Member of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons

Member of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of Edinburgh

Undergraduate teaching

I supervise undergraduate medical student for SSC research projects

Postgraduate teaching

I supervise University of Edinburgh BSc, MBChB and external MSc students, often via the ESSQ program

Research summary

Mark Hughes’ doctoral research explored the interface between neurons and biomaterials, especially silicon. Engineering and interacting with simple networks of neurons in the lab offers a chance to explore how larger networks operate in complex, living organisms. As well as being relevant to understanding how nervous systems represent and process information, related insights can also inform novel (or hybrid) computational strategies. Moreover, tools to interface with engineered networks are relevant in the fledgling field of neuroprosthetics.

Current research interests

Current research projects include: - Development of an app-based tool to measure and monitor visual field loss due to pituitary and other tumours. - Exploring the use of artificial intelligence to analyse facial images for early detection of acromegaly. - Using 3D printing to improve patient counselling and surgical planning for skull base operations. - Ongoing prospective audit of surgical outcomes for our local endoscopic neurosurgical service.

Knowledge exchange

In the context of surgical simulation, I have been involved in the research and development of micro-neurosurgical and other minimally invasive surgery platforms. This work has been driven forward via the formation of a spinout company from the University of Edinburgh and has had global impact, with simulators now in use on over 80 different countries and also incorporated into several regional training programs.


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