UCL Institute of Neurology


UFN Unit Members

Unit of Functional Neurosurgery Members

Professor Marwan Hariz MD, PhD

Professor Patricia Limousin MD, PhD

Professor Marjan Jahanshahi BSc, MPhil, PhD

Dr Thomas Foltynie BSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

Mr Ludvic Zrinzo MD, MSc, FRCSEd (Selected Publications)


Dr Diane Ruge

Dr Diane Ruge is a Neurologist and Research Fellow on the Functional Neurosurgery Team.

She has worked at UCL Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery since 2006 and started working with the Deep Brain Stimulation Team the same year.

She did her general medical training at University of Goettingen and Toronto. She has completed her specialist training to become a board certified neurologist. She obtained a higher research degree in Clinical Neurophysiology in Germany in 2003. Her thesis was about the brain excitability in patients with focal dystonia. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the field of electrophysiology of movement and movement disorders. Since 2006 she has worked for John Rothwell who is a Professor for Neurophysiology at UCL.

Her research in the Unit of Functional Neurosurgery is focussing on the exploration of the mechanism of an effective deep brain stimulation by using electrophysiological and imaging techniques. Clinically she is doing pre and post surgery management of the patients.



Ms Elina Tripoliti

Elina Tripoliti is a Clinical Specialist Speech & Language Therapist working with the Deep Brain Stimulation Team.

She provides therapy for speech and swallowing difficulties of patients with Movement Disorders.

She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Athens and a postgraduate degree in Speech & Language Therapy from City University, London. She is currently a PhD student with UCL Institute of Neurology, investigating the effects of deep brain stimulation on speech.

She is a trustee of the Sing for Joy choir; a choir for people with Parkinson's disease. With the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Foundation she organises the LSVT Workshop in London twice a year.

Mr Joseph Candelario

Joseph Candelario is the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Functional Neurosurgery Team.

He has been working at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery since 2002. He started as a staff nurse in John Young ward, where he gained his neurology nursing experience in caring for patients with chronic medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Dystonia, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and Myasthenia gravis. He later became a lead nurse in the ward before moving on to his current role.

He completed his Nursing degree in 1995 at Central Luzon Doctor’s Hospital – Educational Institution in the Philippines. He also completed a neuroscience nursing course – A Framework for Awards for Continuing Professional Development in 2005 at London South Bank University. He has taken an array of postgraduate courses to develop his specialist skills and knowledge in movement disorders and he is currently pursuing to complete an advanced nursing degree.

His role is to provide vital nursing input to ensure that a high standard of care is maintained for patients with movement disorders in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team. He serves as an advocate for patients and family throughout their journey from assessment to follow-up care.



Ms Linda Taib

Linda Taib is PA to Professor Marwan Hariz, and Secretary to the Unit of Functional Neurosurgery.

She is also Academic Secretary to Professor Bhatia, Professor of Clinical Neurology.