Professor Richard Reynolds studied Pharmacology at King’s College London from 1975 to 1981 before embarking on a career in MS research and has now been Professor of Cellular Neuroscience at Imperial College, London, for the last 18 years.
He is the Scientific Director of the UK Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease Tissue Bank and also heads an MS research unit at the Hammersmith Hospital campus of Imperial College.
Professor Reynolds has been carrying out MS related research for the last 35 years and current research in the unit is designed to gain an understanding of the mechanisms involved in neurodegeneration in the grey matter in MS. This has led to over 125 peer reviewed papers on his research into the mechanisms of damage and repair in MS. His research is dependent on a supply of well characterised human brain tissue that has been collected by the UK MS Tissue Bank because of the desire of the MS community to contribute to the research in a practical way. This work has led him to be involved in teaching both science and medical students around the UK about MS and inflammation in the brain. In addition to his position at Imperial College, he is a Visiting Professor of Neuroscience at LKC School of Medicine.