Kevin Talbot

Kevin Talbot

Programme Lead

University of Oxford

Kevin Talbot is Professor of Motor Neuron Biology, Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Univeristy of Oxford. He is a clinician scientist, specialising in neurodegenerative disease, principally amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

He is a clinically active specialist in neurological diseases and co-leads the Oxford Motor Neuron Disease Centre, which provides diagnosis and care for approximately 10% of the UK population. He also leads the Neurodegeneration and Cerebrovascular Theme of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.

The main focus of his laboratory research is to improve pre-clinical models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, focussing on early stage disease. Using these tools his laboratory has identified disease-specific phenotypes in motor neurons which provide the tools for screening drugs of potential therapeutic benefit in ALS. This is closely linked to work with Oxford colleagues on biomarkers with application to experimental medicine studies to accelerate translation of promising drugs.