Prof. Piccini is professor in neurology at Imperial College London and honorary consultant in neurology with the Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust. Over the past 20 years, Prof. Piccini’s research has been focused on the use of functional imaging in the study of neurological disorders, particularly Parkinson’s disease. In 1994, after her clinical neurology training and a two-year period spent as a research fellow in neuro-pharmacology at the Rush Presbyterian Hospital (University of Illinois, Chicago), she joined the research team at the Hammermith Hospital Campus where she obtained a PhD at the University of London. She has contributed extensively to the teaching and training of undergraduates and postgraduates within Imperial College and she is the neuroscience course leader of the Graduate Entry Medical School program.
She is a visiting professor at the University of Lund (Sweden). She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and Royal Society of Medicine and an active member of several societies including the British Neuroscience Association, the Association of British Neurologists, the Movement Disorder Society and the European Huntington’s disease Network. She is a member of the Research Advisory Panel for Parkinson’s UK and board member of the Network of European CNS Transplantation and Restoration. She is a scientific advisor for the Swedish Medical Council Board, ad hoc member of the MRC board subgroups and external advisor for the Princess Beatrix Foundations Neuroscience Panel.
She has published over 200 research articles and book chapters in major peer reviewed journals. Her research is currently supported by grants from the UK Medical Research Council, Parkinson’s UK, CHDI, European Commission FP7 and MSCT.