Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Medicine

Visiting Professor







Ms Hyacinth Henry +44 (0)20 3313 3172




U106Block B Hammersmith HospitalHammersmith Campus





David Brooks is Hartnett Professor of Neurology in the Department of Medicine, Imperial College, London. His research involves the use of positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging to diagnose and study the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases in life and to validate imaging biomarkers for therapeutic trials. To date, he has published over 350 reports in peer reviewed journals, including Nature and has an h index of 97. His research is supported by grants from the EU FP7 programmes, UK Medical Research Council, the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, Parkinson’s UK, the Michael J Fox Foundation, Lundbeck Foundation, Danish Council for Independent Research, and industry. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the EMBL Nordic Hub at Aarhus University and is a member of the scientific advisory board of Alzheimer UK.  He has been a member of the scientific advisory boards of the German Dementia and Parkinson networks, the Austrian KLIF Science Fund, the Research Advisory Panels of the UK Parkinson’s Disease Society, Inserm, the Michael J. Fox Foundation (2002-2006), UK Medical Research Council Neuroscience and Mental Health Board (2004-2007), UK Huntington’s Disease Association, and was Chairman of the Scientific Issues Committee of the Movement Disorder Society (1998-2002) and a Director of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (1993-1997). He was Chairman of the Council of Management of the UK Parkinson’s Disease Society 1997-8.

He is an Associate Editor of Brain and on the Editorial Boards of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, Basal Ganglia, Journal of Parkinson's Disease, Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, Synapse,  Molecular Imaging and Biology, Journal of Neurotherapeutics, and Current  Trends in Neurology.  He was on the editorial boards of the  Journal of Neural Transmission, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry and Movement Disorders.

In 2001 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science, UK.  In 2002 he was invited to give the Stan Fahn Lecture at the International Congress of Movement Disorders, Miami, in 2003 the George Cotzias Lecture in Madrid, in 2004 the Charles E Wilson Lecture, the Psychobiology Institute, Jerusalem  March 2004, in 2005 the Kuhl-Lassen lecture at the Society of Nuclear Medicine, Toronto, and in 2006 the Sprague lecture at UC Irvine.



Brooks DJ, In Vivo Cortical Tau in Parkinson’s Disease Using 18F-AV-1451 Positron Emission Tomography, Movement Disorders, ISSN:1531-8257

Ismail R, Hansen AK, Parbo P, et al., 2018, The Effect of 40-Hz Light Therapy on Amyloid Load in Patients with Prodromal and Clinical Alzheimer's Disease., Int J Alzheimers Dis, Vol:2018, ISSN:2090-8024

Dani M, Wood M, Mizoguchi R, et al., 2018, Microglial activation correlates in vivo with both tau and amyloid in Alzheimer's disease, Brain, Vol:141, ISSN:0006-8950, Pages:2740-2754

Parbo P, Ismail R, Sommerauer M, et al., 2018, Does inflammation precede tau aggregation in early Alzheimer's disease? A PET study, Neurobiology of Disease, Vol:117, ISSN:0969-9961, Pages:211-216

Calsolaro V, Fan Z, Veronese M, et al., 2018, Novel third generation microglial marker flutriciclamide ([18F]GE180) in Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Vol:14, ISSN:1552-5260, Pages:P506-P506

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