John Hardy, PhD
Chair in the Department of Neuroscience at Neuroscience at University College London
Location: London, United Kingdom
Dr. Hardy completed his degree at Leeds University in 1973 and then his PhD in Neurochemistry at Imperial College London in 1976. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at the MRC Neuropathogenesis Unit in Newcastle upon Tyne and at the Swedish Brain Bank in Umea, Sweden. He became lecturer in Biochemistry at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School and gradually began switching his research interests from working on the neurochemistry of neurological diseases to molecular genetic analysis of these diseases. He discovered APP mutations as the first known cause of Alzheimer's disease in 1990. In 1992, he moved to the University of South Florida and in 1996, he joined the Mayo Clinic, where he became Chair of Neuroscience in 1999. He moved to the National Institutes of Health in 2001 to become a Laboratory Chief and in 2007 he moved back to London to take a Chair in the Department of Neuroscience at University College London. He has published over 400 peer reviewed scientific papers on Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions and has won the Allied Signal, MetLife and Potamkin Prizes for his work on dementias. He has trained over 10 scientists who currently hold professorships and head their own groups.