UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Prof Nicholas Wood

Prof Nicholas Wood

Professor of Clinical Neurogenetics

Clinical and Movement Neurosciences

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Joined UCL
1st Aug 1997

Research summary

He is a clinician scientist whose main research focus is the dissection of the aetiology and pathogenic mechanisms of movement disorders. These represent major health problems and the burden of these conditions is high and increasing in our aging populations. His lab have worked across a number of disease areas to find genes causing neurological disease. 

His lab has been responsible for identifying several genes that cause familial PD, - PINK1, LRRK2, GCH1 and PLA2G6. They have also identified gene for ataxia (SCA11 and RFC1) and 5 dystonia genes.

He also works with international collaborators (IPDGC and GP2) to elucidate the commonly occurring genetic risk factors underlying PD.

Teaching summary

He teaches on a number of MSc course at UCL 


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1995
Royal College of Physicians
Doctorate, Member of the Royal College of Physicians | 1989
University of Birmingham
Doctorate, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery | 1986


Nick qualified in medicine from the University of Birmingham. He went on to take a PhD in Cambridge. He was promoted a personal chair in Clinical neurology and neurogenetics in 2001 and the established chair of Genetics at UCL in 2009. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Science in 2004 and to senior investigator of the NIHR in 2008 (now emeritus). He is currently UCL Professor of Genetics, a Consultant Neurologist and NIHR programme director for Neurosciences at UCLH.