Dr Matthew Evans is an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) in Neurology. He currently works in the Pain Research Group at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, and and Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory (C3NL) at Imperial College London.
Dr Evans studied Psychology in the University of Nottingham, followed by a Research Assistantship in the Dementia Research Institute in University College London (UCL) studying imaging biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease. He then completed a Neuroscience MSc in the University of Oxford, leading to a DPhil project studying neuroinflammatory and neurovascular mechanisms in pre-clinical models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, under the supervision of Profs Martin Turner, Nicola Sibson and Daniel Anthony.
He then entered graduate entry Medical School, and on completion gained a post on the NIHR Academic Foundation Programme in North Central London. He is currently employed as an Academic Clinical Fellow (NIHR) in North West London.
Dr Evans' research currently focuses on developing high resolution MRI techniques (7 Tesla) to "virtually biopsy" the sciatic nerve. Initially this project will be focused towards developing imaging biomarkers for various forms of peripheral neuropathy, especially diabetic and HIV polyneuropathy. Potential future work will involve using these techniques to understand complex nerve changes in neuropathic pain conditions, as well as developing biomarkers for other peripheral nerve and neuromuscular disease, including motor neurone disease.