UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Professor Rickie Patani: Human stem cell models of disease and the prognosis of academic medicine

15 April 2020

In this article in Nature Medicine, Professor Patani highlights the crucial value of academic medicine and nurturing clinician scientists, giving a summary of his career to start. 

Dr Rickie Patani

 Rickie Patani is Professor of Human Stem Cells and Regenerative Neurology at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and The Francis Crick Institute, and is a consultant neurologist at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH.

He has over a decade of experience using human stem cell models of neurodegeneration, and his research contributions have been recognized by the International Paulo Gontijo Award in Medicine and the International 3Rs prize

Rickie's work focuses on human stem cell modeling to deliver impactful therapies for ALS, but the role of clinician scientists are highly relevant beyond ALS, including the current COVID-19 pandemic.

"....  this crucial integrative role between clinical medicine and basic science is a fundamental driver of translational science ... we ... can and must do more to incentivize and inspire talented clinicians to follow this unique pathway, helping to improve translational science and finding answers to pertinent research questions for ultimate patient benefit"