Prof Tara Spires-Jones

Professor Tara Spires-Jones

Prof Tara Spires-Jones

Professor of Neurodegeneration
Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Tara Spires-Jones runs a research group studying brain changes in ageing and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and MND. Her laboratory studies the connections between neurons called synapses, which in the healthy brain allow learning and memory.

The goal of the group is to understand the mechanisms of synapse degeneration in order to develop treatments that will promote recovery of brain function.

Dr Spires-Jones received her PhD from the University of Oxford and was an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School before returning to the UK to join the University of Edinburgh in 2013.