Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Emeritus Professor - Neurology



+44 (0)20 3313 3773paola.piccini




Ms Hyacinth Henry +44 (0)20 3313 3172




U107BBlock B Hammersmith HospitalHammersmith Campus





Paola Piccini is the head of the Centre of Neuroinflammation and Neurodegeneration. She is Professor of Neurology, Honorary Consultant in Neurology with the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Hedda Andersson Visiting Professor at the University of Lund (Sweden). She is the Neuroscience Course Leader for the Imperial College Medical School MBBS GE course and the College coordinator for the undergraduate Clinical Neurology teaching at the Hammersmith Hospital.

Professor Piccini graduated in Medicine, trained as a Neurologist and subsequently obtained a PhD from the University of London.

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, fellow of Royal Society of Medicine and an active member of several societies including the British Neuroscience Association, the Association of British Neurologists (panel member of the Movement Disorder section), Movement Disorders society and the New York Academy of Science. She is a board member of the Research Advisory Panel of Parkinson’s UK, board member of the Network of European CNS Transplantation and Restoration, board member of the EFNS panel on Movement disorders and scientific advisor for several international charities.

She has worked extensively in the field of functional imaging for 20 years and has published over 200 research articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her main research has focussed on movement disorders and predominantly on the use of Positron emission tomography (PET) as a method of investigating aetiology, effects and complications of therapies, particularly new neuroprotective and neurorestorative therapies, in Parkinson’ s disease and Hungtinton’s disease; more recently she has used functional imaging to assess in vivo neuroinflammatory processes in Multiple Sclerosis.

Her research is currently supported by grants from the MJ Fox Foundation (US), Parkinson’s UK, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (UK), CHDI (US) and from the European Commission (FP7).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Politis M, Pavese N, Tai YF, et al., 2008, Hypothalamic involvement in Huntingtons disease: an in vivo PET study, Brain, Vol:131, ISSN:0006-8950, Pages:2860-2869

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