DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION TEAM
Thomas Foltynie BSc MBBS MRCP PhD
Dr Foltynie trained in medicine at UCL, qualifying in 1995 then working in Addenbrooke’s hospital, in Cambridge. From 1999 to 2003, he undertook his PhD in Cambridge looking at the heterogeneity of Parkinson’s disease, describing differences in cognitive abilities between patients under the influence of various genes including COMT and BDNF, and Tau. He finished his neurology training between Addenbrooke’s hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. While working in London with Dr Limousin, he has developed his interest in Deep Brain stimulation for PD and has developed a collaboration between PD investigators in Cambridge and London, specifically looking at genes which influence the risk of dyskinesia development in PD.
He was appointed as senior lecturer and honorary consultant in the Unit of Functional Neurosurgery at the Institute of Neurology in May 2008. He has published over 25 papers related to PD, as well as 1 book and a book chapter on PD.
As well as contributing to the pre-operative, intra-operative and post operative assessment of PD patients needing DBS, he is developing an academic programme to further explore genetic influences on dyskinesia risk, expression of dystonia and responsiveness to DBS. He also wishes to identify which other patient groups (such as patients with Tourette syndrome, or resistant depression) may benefit from the use of DBS.