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Sources of Funding

  • American Academy of Neurology (2023)
  • Concussion Legacy Foundation UK (2022)
  • National Institute for Health Research (2021)

Recent Awards

  • Medical Sciences Division Teaching Excellence Project Award, University of Oxford (2022)
  • Honors, Elective Clerkship in Paediatric Neurology, Harvard Medical School (2017)
  • Elective Bursary, Society of British Neurological Surgeons (2017)

Jonathan Attwood

MA (Oxon) BMBCh PGCert

Academic Clinical Fellow and Clinical Neurosciences DPhil Student


Jonathan is an Academic Clinical Fellow training in Internal Medicine and Neurology at Oxford University Hospitals and a Clinical Neurosciences DPhil student in NDCN. He is supervised by Professor Gabriele De Luca and Professor Edward de Haan, and mentored by Professor Margaret Esiri.

Jonathan completed his medical training at the University of Oxford in 2017, before pursuing a clerkship in Neurology at Harvard Medical School and an attachment in Neurosurgery at the University of California San Francisco.

Jonathan has performed research alongside his clinical training since 2017, publishing in the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, and histopathology. In 2021, he gained an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Internal Medicine and Neurology to combine his clinical training with research. He has served as Research Lead on the national committee of the Neurology and Neurosurgery Special Interest Group, and has presented his research to the British Neuroscience Association, the Society of British Neurological Surgeons, and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. He now teaches at the University of Oxford on behalf of NDCN and Harris Manchester College.


During World War II, St Hugh's College was transformed into the National Military Hospital for Head Injuries by pioneering neurosurgeon Sir Hugh Cairns. This remarkable institution treated thousands of soldiers who sustained head injuries during the war. Many veterans participated in multi-disciplinary follow-up for decades after their injuries, and at the end of their lives a significant number donated their brains to scientific research.

This cohort represents an exceptionally rich source of clinical, neuropsychological, and neuropathological data describing the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). In my DPhil, I will utilise this unique resource to answer contemporary and clinically relevant questions in TBI research, with the goal of contributing towards improving the lives of people affected by brain injury.

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