Reta Lila Weston Institute

Professor Andrew Lees, Emeritus Director

Professor Andrew Lees, MD, FRCP, FMedSci
Director (1998-2012)


Born on Merseyside Andrew Lees qualified in medicine at the Royal London Hospital Medical College in 1970. His postgraduate clinical training in neurology was undertaken at l’Hôpital de la Salpetrière, Paris, University College London Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

At the age of thirty two he was appointed to the staff at the National, Middlesex, and Whittington Hospitals. He was appointed Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square and succeeded Professor Michael Harrison as Director of the Reta Lila Weston Institute for Neurological Studies at UCL from 1998 till 2012 and was succeeded by Professor Tom Warner. He was Director of the Queen Square Brain Bank for Neurological Disorders and Sara Koe PSP Research Centres.

He is Chairman of the Medical Advisory Panel of the PSP Association and an advisor to the UK Medical Research Council.

He has achieved international recognition for his work in Parkinson’s disease and abnormal movement disorders and was elected President of the International Movement Disorder Society (2004-6). In 2006, he was awarded the prestigious Movement Disorders Research Award by the American Academy of Neurology which recognises an individual for outstanding work in the field of Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders for either a single outstanding contribution or for lifetime achievement. The following year he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and received a NIHR Senior Investigators Award in 2008.

In 2007 he delivered the Gowers Memorial Lecture at the National Hospital and in 2010 he delivered the Melvin Yahr Memorial Lecture at Mount Sinai Hospital New York and the inaugural Lord Brain Memorial Lecture at Barts and the Royal London Hospitals.

Professor Lees is an original member of the Highly Cited Researchers ISI Database and is the most cited researcher in Parkinson's disease research. He is Visiting Professor to both the University of Liverpool and the Universidade Federal de Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil and in 2010 was elected an overseas member of the Academia Nacional de Medicina, Brazil; he is also an elected overseas member of fifteen national neurological societies. 

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