Dr Johnny Tam

Clinical Research Fellow, Rowling and Dr Hugh S P Binnie PhD Scholar

  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
  • Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic

Contact details



Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic
Chancellor's Building
49 Little France Crescent

Post code
EH16 4SB


  • MBBS, University College London (2019)
  • Intercalated MA, University of Cambridge (2016) with focus in Neuroscience
  • Foundation Programme, Southeast of Scotland (2021)
  • Clinical Fellow in neurodegenerative disease at the National CJD Research and Surveillance Unit (2021-2022)
  • Rowling and Dr Hugh S.P. Binnie PhD Scholar (Clinical Brain Sciences), University of Edinburgh (2022-)
  • Honorary Clinical Fellow, ACORD Fellows Academy, MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL (2022-)

I am a junior doctor with career ambitions in academic neurology. I am currently undertaking a Clinical Brain Sciences PhD investigating and developing digital biomarkers in neurodegenerative disease. I have experience in building and validating machine learning and artificial neural network algorithms, as well as full-stack Python development for web-enabled clinical research software.

PhD Supervisors:

  • Dr Suvankar Pal
  • Dr Oliver Watts (SpeakUnique)
  • Prof Siddharthan Chandran

Independent chair: Prof David Hunt

Research summary

My main research focus is in health data science and digital technology in neurodegenerative disorders. These conditions are progressive and incurable, and represent a massive and increasing global health burden. Our aim is to develop digital tools that would benefit both patient and clinician by facilitating scalable data collection and monitoring of illness. We hope these tools will improve outcome measures for clinical research, and act as an adjunct to routine clinical practice. I also have clinical and research experience in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and related prion disorders.