Dr Tom Jenkins MBChB MRCP PhD
Senior Clinical Lecturer
Co-Director MND Care Centre
Course Lead, MSc Clinical Neurology
Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN)
385a Glossop Road
Tel: +44 (0) 114 215 9101
Academic Secretary: Rebecca Brown
Tel: +44 (0) 114 22 22261
|Biography||Dr Jenkins studied Medicine at the University of Manchester and obtained his PhD in Clinical Neuroscience from the UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square in 2010. His specialist clinical interest is neuromuscular disease and area of research expertise is neuroimaging. He has experience in running longitudinal clinical, imaging and neurophysiological studies with the aim of developing tools to decipher disease mechanisms and facilitate future clinical trials in motor neuron disease (MND) and other neurodegenerative disorders. Current areas of novel investigation include whole-body muscle imaging of denervation in MND and 31-phosphorus spectroscopy to assess energy metabolism in several neurodegenerative conditions. Dr Jenkins is Principal Investigator on current and forthcoming studies and clinical trials in MND.|
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has revolutionised the practice of clinical neurology, and represents a powerful and safe tool with which to investigate people in research studies. There is no radiation involved in the scans and MRI offers a window with which to study disease mechanisms in living patients. This is crucial in neurodegenerative diseases, which remain incompletely understood. MRI also has potential as a biomarker, with which to investigate the effect of new treatments, so important in these currently incurable conditions, to reduce the duration and expense of clinical trials, enabling more new treatments to be tested. I am a clinical researcher and my approach is to combine clinical assessment and neurophysiology with advanced imaging techniques in vivo to provide multi-faceted insights into neurological disease. Examples include application of 31-phosphorus spectroscopy to investigate energy dynamics, and whole-body muscle MRI to assess denervation, in patients with motor neuron disease (MND) and other neurodegenerative disorders.
In addition to the Clinical Neurology MSc, I give lectures, seminars and clinical demonstrations on a 1-2 weekly basis to pre-clinical and clinical medical and dental students, nurses, junior doctors, medical registrars, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, engineers, hospice staff, and university alumni. The lectures cover a wide range of aspects of clinical neurology, from the features of neuromuscular diseases in which I specialise, through to more diverse neurological topics, such as the neuroanatomical basis of emotions.
I am Co-Director of the Sheffield MNDA Care Centre. I lead the MSc in Clinical Neurology at the University of Sheffield. I was recently appointed Editor of the European Association of Neurologists EAN Pages website, which serves 45,000 neurologists. I am Principal Investigator (PI) for the Neuroimaging Society on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (NiSALS) collaboration, for the current Biogen-sponsored Methodology study and for a forthcoming Biogen gene silencing trial in MND. I lead an imaging research group of PhD and MSc students.
|Current Projects||Supported by charitable grant funding from the MRC, MNDA, British Medical Association (Vera Down grant), Ryder-Briggs, Neurocare, the NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre, current projects include the application of 31-phosphorus spectroscopy to study energy dynamics in patients with motor neuron disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, glutathione spectroscopy and wet biomarkers to investigate oxidative stress in MND, and clinical and genetic profiling in a variety of motor neuron disorders. I am also Principal Investigator for several current and forthcoming studies in MND, sponsored by Biogen.|