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.
Interaction of Axonal Chondrolectin with Collagen XIXa1 Is Necessary for Precise Neuromuscular Junction Formation.
Oprişoreanu A-M. et al, (2019), Cell Rep, 29, 1082 - 1098.e10
Wrangling RNA: Antisense oligonucleotides for neurological disorders
Talbot K. and Wood MJA., (2019), Science Translational Medicine, 11, eaay2069 - eaay2069
Neuronal over-expression of OXR1 is protective against ALS-associated mutant TDP-43 mislocalisation in motor neurons and neuromuscular defects in vivo
Williamson MG. et al, (2019), Human Molecular Genetics
The relationships between symptoms, disability, perceived health and quality of life in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/motor neuron disease.
Young CA. et al, (2019), Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener, 1 - 11
Frequency and signature of somatic variants in 1461 human brain exomes
Wei W. et al, (2019), Genetics in Medicine, 21, 904 - 912