Kevin Talbot qualified in medicine (MB BS) with Distinction from the University of London and trained in Neurology in London and Oxford. He joined the laboratory of Professor Kay Davies in 1995 to work on the childhood motor neuron disorder spinal muscular atrophy, which has remained a major focus of his research ever since. From 1998-2001 he was Clinical Lecturer in Neurology and from 2001-2006 held an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship. He leads a multidisciplinary team providing a clinical service for patients with motor neuron disease from all over the South of England. In 2010 he became Professor of Motor Neuron Biology
Awards, Training and Qualifications
- MB BS University of London 1990
- DPhil University of Oxford 1998
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians, London 2006
MB BS, DPhil, FRCP
Head of Department and Professor of Motor Neuron Biology
The main aim of my research is to identify targets for therapy in motor neuron diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy. In particular, we use laboratory models including motor neurons from induced pluripotent stem cells from patients to understand why motor neuron integrity fails in the presence of certain genetic mutations (eg; TDP-43 or C9orf72 in ALS). We also use these models to identify drug targets. Our work takes place in the context of a larger team of researchers in Oxford interested in translational research in neurodegenerative diseases, and we have many national and international collaborations.
Professor Talbot is not currently accepting new DPhil students.
Advantages of routine next-generation sequencing over standard genetic testing in the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis clinic.
Scaber J. et al, (2023), Eur J Neurol, 30, 2240 - 2249
Primary care blood tests show lipid profile changes in pre-symptomatic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Thompson AG. et al, (2023), Brain Communications
Aberrant dynein function promotes TDP-43 aggregation and upregulation of p62 in male mice harboring transgenic human TDP-43.
Christoforidou E. et al, (2023), Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener, 1 - 10
Limited value of serum neurofilament light chain in diagnosing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Davies JC. et al, (2023), Brain Communications
A survey of current practice in genetic testing in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the UK and Republic of Ireland: implications for future planning.
De Oliveira HM. et al, (2022), Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener, 1 - 9